Winner of the 2011 Dartmouth Medal, 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair Digital Award, 2011 Bookseller FutureBook Award for Best Website, and the 2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Electronic Reference Award, the Berg Fashion Library is the only resource to provide integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Invaluable for scholars, students, professionals, and anyone interested in dress, it includes the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, an extensive E-Book collection, a vast image bank, extra reference resources and more.

Why subscribe to the Berg Fashion Library?

Libraries: free 30 day trial!

You do not have access to this resource. Please contact customer support if you have questions about your subscription.

What's New

March 2, 2015

Update 14 now live: over 1000 new images, plus new journal issues

 The first update to the Berg Fashion Library for 2015 includes: 

November 4, 2014

Update 13 now live: more instructor resources, e-books and online exclusives

The last update of 2014 includes new lesson plans, bibliographic guides, and exclusive new articles: 

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

Discover The Flying Saucer Dress

Discover New Content

Discover Australian Textiles

Discover Designers

Discover A New Image Partner

Discover Online Exclusives

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.

Learn more

(Image © Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Bath Fashion Museum

In this beautiful image from the Ernestine Carter Archive the jumpsuit springs onto the fashion scene.

View image and details

We have just added 500 new images from the Bath Fashion Museum.

(Image © Bath Fashion Museum)

The Merino Wool Industry

One of Australia's most significant products for the international market has been Merino wool. While Australia is home to only a small proportion of the world’s sheep, it produces almost two-thirds of the world’s Merino wool and around 95 percent of its fine and superfine apparel wool.

Go to free article to read more

(Image © Henry Talbot. Powerhouse Museum)

McQueen's Femme Fatale

Sharp, shocking and controversial: McQueen's 1990s collections drew on dark Victorian imagery, strong sexuality, abuse and death.

Read Desire and Dread to find out more.

(Image: Niall McInerney, Photographer © Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)

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.

Learn More About It

(Image © Los Angeles County Museum of Art)


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.

Read More

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