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French men's shoes, 1690–1700, embroidered silk and leather, from the collection of the Costume Institute.


Fashion Plates:


  • British Museum: Hundreds of 18th and 19th-century fashion caricatures. Your best bet is searching for "fashion satirical print" in their search box.



  • Los Angeles Public Library: “Over 6,200 hand-colored, finely detailed fashion illustrations produced between 1780 and 1880 for British and American fashion magazines.”



Fashion Drawings, Photographs, and Advertisements:



  • Duke University Ad*Access: Searchable database of thousands of advertisements, including over a thousand beauty, hair, and feminine hygiene ads.


  •  The Henry Ford Museum: Notable for over 300 Christian Dior sketches from the 1940s - 60s, most of which include fabric swatches.




  • Parsons Special Collections: Notable designers with items in their collection include Claire McCardell, Donald Brooks, Sophie Gimbel, and Norman Norell.

  • Sparc Digital: Digitized items from the fabulous Special Collections at FIT. Hundred of fashion drawings, including ones by Yves Saint Laurent, Halston, Lucile (Lady Duff Gordon), Hattie Carnegie, Bonnie Cashin, and more.

  • Victor Stiebel Archive: London College of Fashion's archive of materials related to South African-born British couturier of the 1940s and 1950s, Victor Steibel.

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