• Images and Museum Partnerships

The Berg Fashion Library includes a colour image bank of over 7,000 images, including:

  • 2,000 from the print Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion

  • 1,600 from the Victoria and Albert Museum's internationally renowned fashion collection: read more

  • 600 images from MoMu Fashion Museum, Belgium: Read more

  • 230 sample images, from collections including the London College of Fashion and The Museum at FIT

  • 2,000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute collection: Read more

  • 2,200 images from the Commercial Pattern Archive database, CoPA, which will provide a unique tool for researchers and designers to recreate or date clothing from 1868 to 2000. Read more
  • 2,500 images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art world-renowned costume and textiles collection. The first 2,250 of these images are now line on the site. Read more

  • 1,000 images from the Bath Fashion Museum, an exciting new addition which includes illustrations from the Paquin archive. Read more

We will be adding to the image bank on a regular basis.

NEW! Bloomsbury is pleased to announe a new partnership with The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which will enable the Museum to share 1,500 high-quality images from their world-renowned Costume and Textiles collection through the Library. Read more 

NEW! Bloomsbury Publishing Plc has acquired fashion photographer Niall McInerney's image archive. Featuring over 600,000 high-quality images dating from the 1970s until 2000, this international archive documents key changes over a vibrant period in fashion history and will work alongside the Berg Fashion Library. The new resource will become available in 2016. Read more

The Berg Fashion Library enables users to locate images as well as reference and research materials on the subject of costume and dress. A core value of the Berg Fashion Library is to increase the accessibility of fashion objects held in disparate collections across the world through sophisticated search and browse. The Berg Fashion Library’s classification system makes it easier for students, scholars and curators to see clothing and related objects that they otherwise might not know existed, and to link to relevant content providing historical and cultural context. Thumbnail images from the museum collection are displayed within the site, and users are able to click through to the collection website for further information.