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Newspaper and Magazine Articles

New York Times and Index Resource contains newspapers
The New York Times is one of the leading news providers in the U.S. This link goes to a page with options for accessing the New York Times in the Grinnell College Libraries.
New York Times Historical (1851-2013) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2013. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.
Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
Although this database does index many scholarly and peer review journals it is a good source for finding articles from more popular magazines with photographs and illustrations. Chronologically coverage varies for each journal. Some are indexed for 20 years, some for 50 or more. For coverage of fashion back to the beginning of the 20th century used the printed index for the Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature available in the reference alcove.

Databases

ARTbibliographies Modern Restricted Resource
Online bibliographical database providing full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards.
Business Source Elite Restricted Resource
1984-present. Searchable database covering national and international business, finance, banking, and industry, but also emphasizing regional business activities and trends.
Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource
1952-present. Includes citations and abstracts for articles in journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.

Library Catalogs

WorldCat Local
Search engine for books, videos, archival materials, electronic resources, and more owned by Grinnell College and over 72,000 libraries around the world.
WorldCat Restricted Resource
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.
Center for Research Libraries
Borrow journals in original print or on microfilm or other specialized resources. Ask a librarian to assist you with searching the CRL catalog or communicating with the CRL librarian.

Books

20th Century Fashion : 100 Years of Apparel Ads
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize HF6161 .C44 N54x
"This book offers a stylish retrospective of the last hundred years, via 400 fashion advertisements from the Jim Heimann Collection. Using imagery culled from a century of advertising, this book documents the unrelenting pace of fashion as it was adopted into the mass culture, decade by decade. An in-depth introduction, chapter text, and illustrated timeline detail the style-makers and trend-setters, from couture to the mass market, and how the historic events, design houses, retailers, films, magazines, and celebrities shaped the way we dressed then and now."--CATALOG
A to Z of the Fashion Industry
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor TT494.S84
"This book will trace the historical evolution of the fashion industry as well as the events, innovations, people, and companies that helped shape the fashion industry as we know it today."--PREFACE
As Seen in Vogue: A Century of American Fashion in Advertising
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor HF6161 .C44 H55
"In this comprehensive study, Daniel Delis Hill offers a rich new resource for students and professionals in fashion and business history, popular culture, advertising, marketing, and women's studies. The hundreds of American advertising images Hill gathers here document much more than the looks and fashions of the twentieth century. They reveal dramatic transformations in women's roles and self-perception - witness the metamorphosis from alabaster Victorian homemaker to painted flapper in just a generation, from conformist fifties mom to miniskirt-clad iconoclast only a decade later, from the power-suited yuppie of the eighties to the techno self-stylist of the new millennium. And finally, Hill's niche perspective offers a fascinating long view of the interactive roles the fashion industry and media have played in shaping cultural evolution."--BOOK JACKET
Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, History, Nation
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT1555 .F56
 "Based largely on nineteenth and twentieth-century representations of Chinese dress as traditional and unchanging, historians have long regarded fashion as something peculiarly  Western. But in this illustrated book, Antonia Finnane proves that vibrant fashions were a vital part of Chinese life in the late imperial era, when well-to-do men and women showed a keen awareness of what was up-to-date."
Complete Fashion Sourcebook
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize GT596 .P393

Fashion through the Ages: The History of Costume [videorecording]
Print Location: Burling Media Room VHS
"An overview of the history and development of the clothing that has been worn through the ages. Explains various clothing designs that have achieved popularity, describes the connection between fashions and the historical milieu in which they developed, investigates the origins of clothing among humans, and shows the continuity of basic styles throughout history."--CATALOG
Fashion: a Very Short Introduction
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor TT507 .A765
"Fashion is a dynamic, global industry, spanning high art and popular culture. Taking a thematic approach, Rebecca Arnold introduces fashion's myriad influences and manifestations, exploring fashion as a creative force, a business, and a means of communication. Describing fashion in vivid detail, this Very Short Introduction is everything you ever wanted to know about fashion fron the Renaissance up to the present day."--BOOK JACKET
Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT580 .F37

Feet and Footwear: A Cultural Encyclopedia
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT2130 .D45
"This one-of-a-kind A-Z reference work contains over 150 fascinating entries and intriguing sidebars that look at feet and adornment of feet across the many cultures of the world throughout time."--BOOK JACKET
Glamour: a History
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT499 .G86
"The aura of celebrity, the style of the fashion world, the vanity of the rich and beautiful, and the publicity-driven rites of cafe society are all imbued with its irresitible magnetism. But what exactly is glamour? Where does it come from? How old is it? And can anyone quite capture its magic? Stephen Gundle answers all these questions and more in this first ever history of the phenomenon, from Paris in the tumultuous final decades of the eighteenth century through to Hollywood, New York, and Monte Carlo in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from Napoleon's Paris to Paris Hilton, from Beau Brummell to Gianni Versace."--BOOK JACKET
Global Denim
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT2085 .G56
"On any given day, in most countries, nearly half the population is wearing blue jeans. This is entirely extraordinary. Yet there has never been a serious attempt to understand the causes, nature, and consequences of denim as the global garment of the world. Global Denim takes up that challenge. It gives clear, if surprising, explanations for why this is the case, challenging the accepted history of jeans and showing why the reasons cannot be commercial...the book consists of some exemplary studies by anthropologists of what blue jeans mean in a variety of local situations."--BOOK JACKET
In an Influential Fashion: an Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Fashion Designers and Retailers who Transformed Dress
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor TT505 .A1 I5

Japan Fashion Now
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor TT504.6 .J3 S74

Jeans: a Cultural History of an American Icon
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT2085 .S85
"In Jeans, journalist and pop culture critic James Sullivan tells the story of this amazing garment, from its humble utilitarian origins to its ubiquitous presence in the twenty-first century global economy. Beginning with the appearance of front-buckled denim pants in nineteenth-century America, Sullivan untangles the legends surrounding the origin of jeans and traces their adoption as work clothing in the West. Jeans then follows their mass production by regional entrpreneurs including San Francisco's legendary Levi Strauss, their widespread adoption as youth clothing and western wear in the twentieth century, and their popularization around the world."--BOOK JACKET
Kimono: Fashioning Culture
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT1560 .D35
"In this beautifully written and lavishly illustrated book, Liza Dalby, author of the highly acclaimed Geisha, traces the history of kimono - its uses, aesthetics, and social meanings - to explore Japanese culture."
Latin American Fashion Reader
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Latino Collection GT623 .L38
"The authors examine the significance of textiles and dress to Latin American culture and the reasons behind it - from fashion history to popular culture and the (re)making of traditional garments, such as theponcho, the guayabera and maguey-fiber sandals."
Men's Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT1710 .P43x
"Following the huge success of his 20th Century Fashion, John Peacock's long-awaited Men's Fashion is the most comprehensive record ever published of male fashion from the French Revolution to the present day."--BOOK JACKET.
Paris Fashion: A Cultural History
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GT887 .S74

Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize TT506 .S79x
"Image-makers, trendsetters, tastemakers, visionaries: Stylists possess the rare ability to cast a spell over the world around them and tap into the creative consciousness of a moment."--BOOK JACKET

Primary Sources

Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource
Contains digital facsimile page images of 100,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere, between 1473-1700.Look for memoirs, letters, day-books, and novels that shed light on the fashions of the time.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource
Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800, primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera. Includes memoirs and day books that might comment on fashions and attitudes toward fashion of the times.

Web sites

USA International Fashion Shows Resource contains images
Website for Images from Couture Fashion Week.
World Fashion Directory and Style Guide Resource contains images
Up-to-date information about the fashion industry, current trends, and designers.

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Journals
Journals are available for different dates. Ask a librarian or check the holdings in the library catalog for more information. Most listed here have advertisements and pictures that will illustrate fashion of the time:
For a more complete list, see your professor or a reference librarian.

Women's Wear Daily Available from the Center for Research Libraries

Ebony, 1973

Essence, 1984

Time, 1923

Atlantic or Atlantic Monthly, 1857

American Home 1928-1976

Korean Am/Korean Culture 2000-2011

Latina 2000-

Opera News - 1947-2010

New Yorker - 1937-2011

Holiday -1946-1977

Sports Illustrated -1954-

Downbeat 1937-1979 on microfim, 1978- current periodicals
Subject Headings for in Library Catalogs
Fashion

Fashion and Art History

Clothing and Dress

Also search by individual items of clothing.

Fashion Design

Clothing Trade

Keyword search: fashion history will bring books and videos covering the fashions of peoples from around the world and from the breadth of human civilizations.
 
Wikipedia Caveat Emptor!
While certainly Wikipedia is a valuable tool, we do have several recommendations and bits of important information for students considering Wikipedia as they research: