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Fashion Studies

A guide to doing historical, cultural, and social science research on fashion.

Images in the Library

If you are interested in print photographs, please consider:

The New York Public Library's Picture Collection

The Photography Section of the University Center Library (7th Floor, TR section)

Current & Archived Periodicals, such as VogueHarper's Bazaar, or Women's Wear Daily (TT section)
Videos can be found in the Performing Arts Library and in various databases in the New School Libraries.

In the catalog, you can narrow down to 'Video' under 'Resource Types' on the left-side of the results page.

Some of the best DVDs for Fashion Studies research are:

The True Cost

The Look

EcoLuxury: Fashion and Conscious

Notebook on Cities and Clothes
 by Yohji Yamomoto

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

Some of the best video databases for Fashion Studies research are:

American Memory

Ethnographic Video Online

The Sixties

Open Web Images & Video

Google Images and YouTube are great! But, it can be hard to find the original source for an image or video. 

It is very important that you cite your images when you use them for a research project

If you don't know where an image is from, reverse image search by right-clicking the photo and 'Search Google for Image.' This is required if you find something on Pinterest, Google Images, or Reddit and if you don't know where it came from.