This guide aims to help you locate quality scholarly and other information for studying fashion. The tabs indicate the type of information sources and list key discovery tools and resources. The library also has a referencing page which will help you to use Harvard or any of the other referencing systems in use across the university. See our ebooks page for details of our growing ebooks collection.
If you need further help, please contact your librarian for advice and support.
- Drapers is the primary source for authoritative business intelligence for the fashion industry in the UK and Irish Republic. Coverage includes womenswear, menswear and kidswear; textiles, clothing and footwear; retailing, wholesaling and manufacturing; and independent boutiques, national multiples and etailers. Register free of charge the first time you use the database to get access
- EDITED is the industry standard data tool used by fashion retailers for pricing and product. It has become a trusted source of real-time retail data, allowing industry professionals to know more about their markets than ever before. Features include market analytics, retail reports, visual merchandising and a trend dashboard
- IBISWorld UK and Global Industry packages has business research reports providing key analysis on performance, industry outlook, markets, competitive landscape, major companies, operating conditions and key statistics. It is an easy-to-use database which includes manufacturing, retailing, ecommerce and department stores for the fashion industry
- Mintel is a comprehensive database of market research data for the UK, with forecast trends and analysis
- Passport Global Business Data has detailed information on consumers, industries, services and markets. Includes luxury branding
- The Vogue Archive has the full (US) Vogue archive from 1892 to present in high-definition colour images and text. Very rich indexing makes is possible to find images by garment type, designer and brand name.
- WGSN is a fashion trend forecasting website with news stories and analysis with a global focus.
- Women’s Wear Daily Archive (WWD) is the digitized run of Women’s Wear Daily, widely considered the ‘Wall Street Journal’ of the fashion industry. WWD is a unique record of the twentieth century US and international fashion and beauty business covering key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers and advertisers.
- Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) is a freely available online resource for visual arts.
Fashion web sites
- Angel of Fashion
- The Costume Gallery
- Costumer's Manifesto contains thousands of costume links
- FabricLink (USA) is an educational resource about fabrics and apparel
- The Fashion & Textile Museum (London)
- Fashion Net
- Fashion Windows is a database on fashion, visual merchandising and mannequins
- Screen search fashion includes fashion on film in the 1920s and 1930s developed by Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton, in partnership with the RCA funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD). A new way of looking at everyday fashion and dress history in the inter-war years through unique archive film held in Screen Archive South East's (SASE) collections
- The Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto, Canada, but worldwide coverage)
- The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) and the London College of Fashion have collaborated to make available the photographic archives of three important cosmetics companies (Gala, Miner’s and Crystal) online. This is a valuable resource for the study of the history of cosmetics, advertising photography, fashion promotion and women in the Second World War
Textiles and design
- The Textile Institute within the global textiles, clothing and footwear industries, the aim of the Institute is to facilitate learning, to recognise achievement, to reward excellence and to disseminate information
- Textile Museum (USA) expands public knowledge and appreciation locally, nationally, and internationally of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world’s textiles
- Design Business Association exists to promote professional excellence through productive partnerships between commerce and the design industry to champion effective design which improves the quality of people's lives
- Design Council UK