Winner of the 2011 Dartmouth Medal, 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair Digital Award, 2011 Bookseller FutureBook Award for Best Website, and the 2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Electronic Reference Award, the Berg Fashion Library is the only resource to provide integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Invaluable for scholars, students, professionals, and anyone interested in dress, it includes the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive E-Book collection, a vast image bank, extra reference resources and more.

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What's New

November 18, 2015

Update 16 now live: new eBooks, lesson plans, biblio guides and articles

In this final update of 2015 we are thrilled to have four new eBooks ready for you to browse, plus more articles, lesson plans and biblio guides:


September 9, 2015

Update 15 now live: images, biblio guides, lesson plans and articles

In this second update of 2015 we are thrilled to have 500 Kerry Taylor Auctions images live on the site:

March 2, 2015

Update 14 now live: over 1000 new images, plus new journal issues

 The first update to the Berg Fashion Library for 2015 includes: 

November 4, 2014

Update 13 now live: more instructor resources, e-books and online exclusives

The last update of 2014 includes new lesson plans, bibliographic guides, and exclusive new articles: 

August 27, 2014

Update 12 now live, and new image partnership

 New partnership

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). With this exciting addition to the Berg Fashion Library the Museum will be sharing 1,500 high quality images from their world-renowned Costume and Textiles collection, to go live in 2015.

New content

• 1,000 new images, from the Commercial Pattern Archive and the Philadelphia Museum of Art
• 2 new lesson plans and 1 bibliographic guide
• 7 online exclusive articles
 1 new e-book and 6 new journal issues, including the new Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice


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Ready for the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective

Yves Saint Laurent’s love of Morocco can clearly be seen in this design (Spring/Summer 1990). In summer 2015, the Bowes Museum houses the first major retrospective of the designer's work: ‘Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal’. If you love YSL and cannot wait to see the exhibition, make sure you read up about him here.

(Image: Niall McInerney, Photographer  © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc)

Street and Youth Fashion in Seoul

Think it's all about Gangnam Style? Think Again.

Read more.

(Image by Sol-Sol,

Bath Fashion Museum

In this beautiful image from the Ernestine Carter Archive the jumpsuit springs onto the fashion scene.

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We recently added 500 new images from the Bath Fashion Museum.

(Image © Bath Fashion Museum)

The Merino Wool Industry

One of Australia's most significant products for the international market has been Merino wool. While Australia is home to only a small proportion of the world’s sheep, it produces almost two-thirds of the world’s Merino wool and around 95 percent of its fine and superfine apparel wool.

Go to free article to read more

(Image © Henry Talbot. Powerhouse Museum)

McQueen's Femme Fatale

Sharp, shocking and controversial: McQueen's 1990s collections drew on dark Victorian imagery, strong sexuality, abuse and death.

Read Desire and Dread to find out more.

(Image: Niall McInerney, Photographer © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)

Dress and the Arts

Plan ahead with new lesson plans! This one leads a deep exploration of the relationship between dress and the arts. It includes four modules with carefully chosen readings, discussion questions and suggested activites.

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(Image © Los Angeles County Museum of Art)