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What's New

August 27, 2014

Update 12 now live, and new image partnership

 New partnership

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). With this exciting addition to the Berg Fashion Library the Museum will be sharing 1,500 high quality images from their world-renowned Costume and Textiles collection, to go live in 2015.

New content

• 1,000 new images, from the Commercial Pattern Archive and the Philadelphia Museum of Art
• 2 new lesson plans and 1 bibliographic guide
• 7 online exclusive articles
 1 new e-book and 6 new journal issues, including the new Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice

 

March 4, 2014

Update 11 live: 11 Online Exclusive articles, 1,000 new images, and more journals content

The latest update includes:

  • 11 Online Exclusive articles
  • 500 images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 500 images from the Commercial Pattern Archive (CoPA)
  • 2 new journal issues

November 21, 2013

Update 10 Live: new bibliographic guides, more online exclusives, e-books, and journals content

New content includes: 

  • NEW! Bibliographic Guides
  • 11 new online exclusive articles
  • 5 e-books
  • 3 journal issues

August 29, 2013

Update 9 Live: New Lesson Plans and Online Exclusive Artices, 1,000 New Images and More Journals Content

New content includes:

  • 2 lesson plans
  • 9 online exclusive articles
  • 500 images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • c.500 imagesfrom a new image partner: The Fashion Museum, Bath
  • 5 new journal issues from Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice and Textile

March 29, 2013

Berg Fashion Library Wins PCAACA Electronic Reference Award 2013

The Berg Fashion Library was awarded the Electronic Reference Award at the Annual Awards Ceremony of the 2013 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCAACA) National Conference held at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington D.C. on March 29, 2013.

Discover The Flying Saucer Dress

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Discover Wartime Fashion

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Issey Miyake at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

There are many gems in the Philadelphia Museum of Art collection at the Berg Fashion Library. Issey Miyake's 'flying saucer dress' is one of them: an eccentric, deceptively fragile collapsible dress inspired by American sculptor Isamu Noguchi - close friend, hero and mentor.

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(Image © Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Bibliographic Guides

The Berg Fashion Library Bibliographic Guides have been created to provide teachers, students and researchers with a concise overview of all the key readings and schools of thought within a particular disciplinary perspective.

A new guide, Fashion, Dress, and Gender, is now live and available for free:

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The Utility Clothing Scheme

The buttons on this tailored ensemble bear a wartime message. They are stamped with the Utility symbol CC41 (Civilian Clothing 1941). The Utility Scheme was introduced in 1941 in Britain to ensure that consumer goods were produced to the highest possible standards at 'reasonable' prices.

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(Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

Yves Saint Laurent

"Fashion is like a party. Getting dressed is preparing to play a role. I am not a couturier, I am a craftsman, a maker of happiness."

(Teboul 2002)

Go to article to find out more about his life, work and inspiration.

(Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Bloomsbury is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), to make 1,500 images of their outstanding Costume and Textile collection available through the Berg Fashion Library.

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(Image © Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Cyberpunk

The popular cyberpunk literary movement generated two very different types of futuristic styles: the slick, lean, high-fashion techno-fetishism vs the post-apocalyptic deconstructed punk style – distressed fabrics with shredding, tears, raw edges, and exposed seam.

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(Image © Fashion Photography Archive, photo by Niall McInerney)