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ABOUT Costume Design

This is a selection of physical and digital books available through UCI Libraries. Use the following subject searches in the library catalog to find other similar materials:

Research & Inspiration

This is a small selection of books available from UCI Libraries. Use these as starting points to explore the collection, which has costume/clothing-oriented books scattered throughout various sections depending on their specific focus.

Online Collections:

Commercial Pattern Archive * - Provides thousands of different commercial clothing patterns originally published between 1868-2000.

Vintage Patterns Wikia - Documents sewing patterns that are at least 25 years old. Can search or browse in many different categories.

UCI Libraries Books:

Online Collections:

Berg Fashion Library * - Provides integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Content includes bibliographic guides, the Berg Encyclopedia, e-books, and thousands of high quality of fashion images from many different cultures and time periods.

Europeana: Fashion - Browse and search over 700,000 images of clothing from European museums and libraries. Items are from many different time periods, but do tend to focus on 20th and 21st centuries. Generally European focus.

FIDM Museum & Galleries - Browse and search several thousand of the items from this collection. Time range is 18th century to the present.

Met Museum: Costume Institute - Browse over 30,000 images of clothing and accessories from many different geographic locations, cultures, and time periods.

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Clothing - Browse several hundred online items from the Smithsonian focused on the clothing of African Americans. Primarily covers the 20th and 21st centuries, but also includes some items from as far back as the 16th century.

UCI Libraries Books: