If you cannot find materials in a catalog using a keyword search or a subject search, think about some alternative words that would describe what you are seeking.
The archives and library staff members who create catalog records choose broad subject headings that describe the general essence of collections, not specific items. Ask a reference librarian for help searching in the catalog, or contact the Kellen Design Archives directly to discuss your research topic.
The following list contains common library catalog subjects to use when searching for fashion-related collections. The Kellen Design Archives uses many of these terms when we catalog our collections in Bobcat.
Advertising - - Fashion.
Clothing and dress.
Fashion and art.
Fashion drawing. (Use this when looking for fashion illustration as a
Fashion illustrators. (Use this when looking for fashion illustration
as a profession).
Fashion writers. (Use this for fashion journalists).
Fashion writing. (Use this for fashion journalism).
Men’s clothing industry.
Show windows. (Use this for window displays.)
Women’s clothing industry.
The terms above are often followed by a geographic term. If you are looking for fashion or dress related to a particular state or country and you get a lot of hits, try refining your search by adding a geographic term. Example: Fashion design --