The Berg Fashion Library has partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, to include 1600 images from the internationally renowned V&A fashion collection.
V&A images are indexed – alongside other content including books and journals – according to an extensive classification system specially created for the Berg Fashion Library. The classification makes it easier for students, scholars and curators throughout the world to see clothing and related objects that they might not otherwise know existed. Users are able to search and browse for specific items of dress and to move between text and related images with ease.
“This agreement is an excellent example of how the V&A can work with partners to improve access to our collections and to further our educational mission. Berg is a leading international publisher of books and journals on dress and fashion, and we are very pleased to be collaborating with them on this pioneering online venture.”
Christopher Breward, Head of Research at the V&A
“We are thrilled that such a wide range of images from the V&A’s outstanding collection will be available through the new Berg Fashion Library. The BFL will enhance discoverability and awareness of the collection for students, scholars and curators world-wide. These V&A images have tremendous value for fashion students and practicing designers, who often look to the past for inspiration, and for anyone wishing to learn more about the history of dress.”
Kathryn Earle, Managing Director of Berg Publishers
About the V&A
The Victoria & Albert Museum is one of the world’s greatest museums of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.