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This guide will help you access resources on the history of dress and fashion. Subscription resources are available to Vassar College students and faculty, and internet resources are available to all users. Resource types include books and scholarly journal articles about the history of fashion, primary sources including period newspapers, magazines, and books, image databases, and databases that document historic dress and costume collections.
Library Books on Fashion and Fashion History
This list represents a small number of general clothing and fashion history books in the Vassar Library collection. For a list of the books on reserve for this course, check here.
Browse these call number areas in both the Main Library and the Art Library for books related to fashion and clothing
When you find a book in the library catalog or a database that is useful to you, look at the subject headings and use them to find more books on the topic. Some examples of subject headings in the library catalog:
Clothing and dress--France--History
Clothing and dress--Social aspects
Consumption (Economics)--Social aspects--History
France--Social conditions--19th century
Paris France--Social life and customs--19th century