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Costume Design: Home



Welcome to my Research Sources page for Costume Design!

Chao Chen, Research Librarian for the Humanities
Email:; Tel: 617• 627• 2057

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Visual Research Sources

Clothing, Fashion and Costume  I

Clothing, Fashion and Costume II

Museum, special collections, trade and professional web sites that are openly available

Culture and Life

Photographs in magazine, museums, libraries and more

Streaming Videos


Performing Arts

Quick Lookup

Historical Research Sources


Suggested subject browses when searching for books:








Newspaper, Magazine and Journal Articles 

    Magazines "are particularly valuable resources for costume designers because so many are devoted to fashion, lifestyle, and the daily activities of ordinary people."

    Periodicals offer a more peculiar essence of the a period rather than the general description in a costume history
                         (Rosemary Ingham and Liz Covey, The Costume Designer's Handbook, Heinemann, c1992, pp. 61-62.)

Designers' favorite magazines include: life, Vogue, Town and Country (1902-1913), Tatler (1830-1832), Punch (1841-1991), Harper's bazaar (1867-1912), National geographic. and Women's Wear Daily Archive.


Subject-Databases for Articles

A. Performing Arts Periodicals Database

B. Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)

C.In EBSCOhost databases, you can search across the following databases, among others:

Period Studies Databases: