Use databases to find secondary literature about the fashion of a specific period.
Tips for searching Google
It can be difficult to find period clothing and accessories with Google since it doesn't support searching date ranges or categories of objects. And it can be hard to distinguish between authentic costumes and modern interpretations.
These search strategies are also useful in the other databases listed on this tab. Each database can all be searched by subject or keyword; each has their own, unique, subject headings.
OBIS -- Start your search in OBIS.
Other useful subjects Highlighted subjects link to OBIS searches
|Specific items||Specific items||Broad concepts|
|Shawls||Jewelry||19th century [or 18th century, 17th century, etc.]|
|Fans||Dress accessories||Pattern design|
|Footwear||Mililnery||Clothing and dress|
Keyword searches work best when combining broad concepts:
Tip: Combine subject headings in Keyword search box for best results:
Dress: The journal of the Costume Society of America
Art Library, GT605.D74