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Finding Reference Images

Use this research guide to find helpful reference images for your assignments.

Searching for Clothing/Costume/Textile Images

When searching for reference images of clothing, costumes, textiles, and fashion, remember to think critically about what keywords you are using.

Some important things to consider when brainstorming what keywords to search for clothing are historical periodsgeographical regions, materials, and clothing type (dresses, hats, shoes, etc.).

Library Databases

Books

Here is select list of subject headings to try searching in the Goldstein Library Catalog. You'll want to try different search terms and strategies as your research develops.

  • Fashion
  • Fashion--(region)
  • Fashion--(century)
  • Fashion design
  • Clothing and dress
  • Textile fabrics

Below is a small selection of books to gather reference images for fashion, costume, and textiles. Many books on fashion in the collection are related to specific cultures or geographical areas. Helpful sections to browse for additional titles on clothing are located in the GT500s and the NK8000s-NK9000s.