Berg Fashion Library

Have you heard about Berg Fashion Library? We subscribe to this fantastic e-resource from Bloomsbury Publishing. It has been described as “the authority on world dress”, and is an extensive online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to a large and growing range of Berg content collections, including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress & Fashion online, plus hundreds of e-books, reference works, and thousands of images.
New e-book titles get added regularly. The latest additions include: Costuming cosplay: dressing the imagination by Therèsa M. Winge, Fashion, agency, and empowerment: performing agency, following script, edited by Annette Lynch and Katalin Medvedev, The fashion forecasters : a hidden history of color and trend prediction, edited by Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Ben Wubs, Menswear revolution : the transformation of contemporary men’s fashion by Jay McCauley Bowstead, and Sustainability and the social fabric : Europe’s new textile industries by Clio Padovani and Paul Whittaker.
You can access Berg Fashion Library via the Art & Design Databases webpage.


Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive

We are delighted to announce a new subscription to the Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive. This fantastic visual resource is a sister to the Berg Fashion Library which we have had for a while now.
Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive is an online resource containing more than 750,000 newly-digitized and high-quality runway, backstage, and street style images, curated by Editor in Chief Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York.
An extensive collection of fashion photographs, for use by students and educators, the archive includes images of international runway shows from the 1970s until the early 2000s, from over 400 designers; key collections from McQueen, Gaultier, Westwood, Chalayan, Galliano, etc; rare backstage and front row shots from fashion shows of the past forty years; and street-style images from global fashion cities. The Archive’s index and interactive time line allow students to compare and trace trends, designers, and seasons.
You can access the Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive via the library databases A-Z webpage, or through the library “databases by subject” webpage for Art and Design.
We hope you will find this a useful resource for sourcing fashion and costume inspiration and context.

Change of look for WGSN website

WGSN* is our trend forecasting tool for fashion and design. Recently the website for WGSN has changed in appearance. Now when you log in (on campus) you will see a website called homebuildlife. WGSN is still accessible from this new parent website.
You can still find the WGSN pages when in homebuildlife: from the homebuildlife Main Menu choose “Design & Inspiration”, then choose “Fashion Connection” then you will see the WGSN options.
Do tell the Library if you have any problems accessing what you need.
Please note that WGSN is available on-campus only.
*WGSN: The leading online fashion trend-analysis and research service providing creative and business intelligence for the apparel, style, design and retail industries.

New databases at ECA Library!

From 16th January 2012 the following new databases will be available for all students and staff. They will be listed in the A-Z of databases on the University Library website and in the University Library subject guides for Art & Design.
WGSN: The leading online fashion trend-analysis and research service providing creative and business intelligence for the apparel, style, design and retail industries.
Vogue Archive: Contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution colour page images. More than 400,000 pages are included. Vogue is a unique record of international popular culture that extends beyond fashion. The Vogue Archive is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender and modern social history.
eLexicons: eLexicons provide access to unique learning resources for the visual arts. With biographies, work examples, bibliographies and glossaries, the eLexicons provide the complete foundation for study in higher education, covering graphic design, typography, illustration, lettering, art and craft. Support material includes lecture guides, indexes and reading lists.
Bridgeman Education: Gives access to over 380,000 images from museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use. Bridgeman Education gives you access to the visual culture of every civilization and every period from Prehistory to the present day across continents and civilisations.