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Fashion Design and Merchandising: Getting Started

A guide to students interested in finding reliable information sources for Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Online Collections and Exhibits


Digital collections-that are available on-line, courtesy of the University of Alberta Museums. The site has a searchable clothing and textile database which contains over 18,00 object records. 




Kent State University Museum has an online exhibit of clothes and costumes from various countries. Use the search box to find your interests. Photo above is a Tunisian wedding dress. 

Suggested Tools

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This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research on Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Want to know where to start you research?  Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles, and recommended databases, primary sources and recommended authoritative websites.

Have questions?  Feel free to comment or ask questions about this research guide by clicking above on the PAGE COMMENTS link.  Feel free to contact a librarian any time you need assistance. 

Good luck in your research.


showroom images

   Fashion model

Fashion shows, designers' collections and showrooms. The website has  a listing of famous designers and a sampling of their collections. 

Click here for Spring 2012runaway shows.



 Let us go and visit a nearby local fashion museum and gallery.

  • Please click the picture to visit the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandizing and Galleries.



  • The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has this online collection. Visit their museum online from your computers. Please click the picture below.  


Subject Guide

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For general books about Fashion Design and Merchandising, browse the shelves at the following Library of Congress call numbers: GT500 and TT 505 area. 

Tips: Subject searches using the  Library of Congress subject headings are as follows:

  • fashion
  • costumes
  • clothing and dress
  • costume designers biography
  • costume designers [country or state]
  • fashion designers biography
  • fashion designers [country or state]

Also search by designer name, e.g. Adrian, Chanel, Geoffrey Beene, etc.