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Art - Historic Costume: 20th & 21st c. America & the UK

Image rich resources for advertising from previous decades. Late 19th - the end of the 20th century.



Contemporary fashion varies depending on location, date and social group.  Haute Couture, bands and celebrities and other "influencers" set the tone for fashion in the UK and North America. Some examples are listed below. 

Haute Couture
Vogue magazine

New York Fashion Week  
2021 fashion week site



Bands and musicians
Prince and the Revolution
Search results for "prince musician fashion"






Jay-Z's clothing line


Kim Kardashian: Kardashian Kloset



Daymond John (from Shark Tank): Fubu


Popular magazines

For recent advertising styles and approaches browse magazines and websites, and social media venues (FaceBook, Instagram, etc.).  Select sources that would attract your character, that they would likely read or check regularly.  Here's a selection of popular magazines available online with images:

The Advocate Magazine

Life Magazine

Billboard Magazine

New York Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Popular Mechanics


Elle Girl Magazine

Elle Girl Magazine


Jet Magazine

Women's Health

Women's Health

Los Angeles Magazine


Searching OBIS

OBIS -- Start your search in OBIS. The concepts below transfer to all the other databases on this tab.  
Each database on this tab has their own, unique, set of subject headings and can be searched by subject or keyword. 

Subject headings are created by librarians to organize and increase the relevance of search results, as illustrated by these two examples:  Women's clothing       Men's clothing

Browse subjects  for relevant material (the highlighted subjects below link to OBIS searches)

Specific items Specific items Broad concepts
Shawls Jewelry 19th century  [or 18th century, 17th century, etc.]
Buttons Dressmaking History
Fans Dress accessories Pattern design
Footwear Mililnery Clothing and dress
Uniforms Handkerchiefs Costume
Underwear Wigs Pictorial works


Keyword searches work best when combining broad concepts (like those listed above):

(clothing or costume) and 18th century

 More about keyword searching