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Art - Historic Costume Across Time: Home

Resources that cover more than one century

Subject searching & Keyword searching

Search OBIS with these subject headings or combine them in a keyword search. For visual reference titles add the subheading Pictorial works

More about keyword searching

Broad subjects:

Clothing and dress

Costume

Dressmaking

Fashion

Women's clothing

Narrower terms:

Fans

Fashion accessories - use Dress accessories

Handkerchiefs

Jewelry

Military uniforms

Pattern design

Uniforms

Veils

Wedding costume

Wigs

Subdivisions: 

Jewelry under ethnic groups

Clothing under names of individual persons and under classes of persons and ethnic groups

Research tips

To find images of costumes associated with a specific place and time:

  1. Look for books in historic costume
  2. Review clothing catalogs from the era
  3. Visit museum web sites, looking for costume collections or works of art created in the same location and period. 
  4. Review ads in magazines from the era

Help!

Make a research appointment with the Art Librarian.
Chat with an Oberlin College librarian.
Review our other Research Guides.
Researching an object in the Allen Museum? See our AMAM research guide.

Barb Prior, Librarian

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Barbara Prior
Contact:
Clarence Ward Art Library
Allen Art Building
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440-775-8635