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Beverley Birks Collection of Haute Couture
A private collection of haute couture from the last 100 years. Has a database that is searchable by designer, material approximate date, and other criteria. The database contains extensive information about the designers and items; many of the items have photographs. Some pieces are for sale.
Boys' Historical Clothing
Major clothing styles for boys over the past 500 years! Pictures and narrative.
Costume Institute
Information about the collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The site also has a nicely photographed and searchable selection of the collection.
Evening Wear in Louisiana, 1896-1996
An online exhibit of the Louisiana State Museum. Contains pictures and brief histories of styles and designers.
Fashion Dig
Information, onine mall, chat areas, and fashion club.
Foundation Garment Nostalgia
A website celebrating vintage foundation garments, especially those from the 1950s and 1960s. Includes pictures and information.
Kent State University Museum
Website contains samples from the exhibitions and collections encompassing American and European high fashion from the 18th century to the present day. The majority of early garments in the collection were part of the original Shannon Rodgers/Jerry Silverman gift.
La Barre Vintage Clothing Books
Site for La Barre Books, publishers of a series of reference books on early 20th century vintage clothing.
Links to Fashion Sites on the Internet
Links to designers and information on the history of fashion, compiled by the Gutman Library at Philadelphia University.
Paper Bag Princess
Articles, information, and designer clothing for sale, including lots of Pucci clothing.
Texas Fashion Collection
This database catalogs over 8,000 of the 10,000+ garments and objects belonging to the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas. Not all have photos, but still a fantastic resource!
The California Swimsuit
Intersting essay about the history of the bathing suit industry in California. Great vintage ads accompany the text.
The CTAHR Historic Costume Collection
This is a wonderful collection at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The Costume Collection is the home of clothing from all over the world. The Hawai'ian collection is the only one of its kind in the United States. Also included are Asian, Ethnic, and Western subcollection.
The Retro Room
Directory of sites selling vintage clothing and stuff, from the 1940s to 1980s.
Ursuline College Historic Study Collection
The Ursuline College Historic Study Collection was created in 1984 by Constance Korosec. This web site features a portion of the 3,000-item collection which consists of designer apparel, wedding gowns, men's wear, hats, gloves, handbags, shoes and costume jewelry.
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