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

March 4, 2014

Update 11 live: 11 Online Exclusive articles, 1,000 new images, and more journals content

The latest update includes:

  • 11 Online Exclusive articles
  • 500 images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 500 images from the Commercial Pattern Archive (CoPA)
  • 2 new journal issues

November 21, 2013

Update 10 Live: new bibliographic guides, more online exclusives, e-books, and journals content

New content includes: 

  • NEW! Bibliographic Guides
  • 11 new online exclusive articles
  • 5 e-books
  • 3 journal issues

August 29, 2013

Update 9 Live: New Lesson Plans and Online Exclusive Artices, 1,000 New Images and More Journals Content

New content includes:

  • 2 lesson plans
  • 9 online exclusive articles
  • 500 images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • c.500 imagesfrom a new image partner: The Fashion Museum, Bath
  • 5 new journal issues from Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice and Textile

March 29, 2013

Berg Fashion Library Wins PCAACA Electronic Reference Award 2013

The Berg Fashion Library was awarded the Electronic Reference Award at the Annual Awards Ceremony of the 2013 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCAACA) National Conference held at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington D.C. on March 29, 2013.

February 26, 2013

Update 8 Live: New Lesson Plans, 1,000 More Images, and New Journals Content

New content includes:


Discover African Dress

Discover New Content

Discover Fashion History

Discover Designers

Discover A New Collection

Discover Fashion Practice


It has become increasingly common for competing dress codes to exist side by side in contemporary Tanzania, where more than one hundred and twenty ethnic groups can be identified, and which borders on eight other African countries: Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia.

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Image  ©  Lyle Owerko

Bibliographic Guides

The Berg Fashion Library Bibliographic Guides have been created to provide teachers, students and researchers with a concise overview of all the key readings and schools of thought within a particular disciplinary perspective.

The first guide, The Social Psychology of Dress, is now live and available to non-subscribers for free:

Go to Guide

The high heel shoe

"Mount on French heels

When you go to a ball

'Tis the fashion to totter

and show you can fall!"

Go to article to read more about the story behind the ultimate fashion symbol.

(Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Yves Saint Laurent

"Fashion is like a party. Getting dressed is preparing to play a role. I am not a couturier, I am a craftsman, a maker of happiness."

(Teboul 2002)

Go to article to find out more about his life, work and inspiration.

(Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The Fashion Museum, Bath

Bloomsbury has partnered with the Fashion Museum, Bath, to make 1,000 images of their outstanding collection available through the Berg Fashion Library. The first 500 (batch 1 of 2) are now live on the site.

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(Image © Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council)

Designing a New Type of Hospital Gown

In a life-critical environment such as a hospital, the total environment impacts both the patient experience and the efficacy of healthcare professionals’ work. This article examines a UK case study of the redesign of hospital clothing from a user-centered design perspective.

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