Berg Fashion Library

Discover our award-winning online portal, which has just been updated with a wealth of new content for fashion students, scholars and professionals.

It’s time we introduced you to The Berg Fashion Library!

This unique online fashion portal offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of content collections – including the Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion online, a growing collection of e-books, reference works, images, and much more. A full list of content is available here.

Students and scholars in disciplines as diverse as anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies,theatre, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles will find the Berg Fashion Library a treasury of fascinating insights into people and cultures all over the world.

The Library is updated at least three times a year. We thought it would be fitting to introduce it to you today, since the latest update, which is now live on the site, includes content that may be particularly useful to lecturers who may be preparing their course materials:

500 Images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Batch one of five)

With this exciting addition to the Berg Fashion Library, the Museum will be sharing c.2,500 high quality images from their world-renowned costume and textiles collection. Highlights include designs by Elsa Schiaparelli and Charles Frederick Worth, and a stunning array of accessories. The first 500 of these images are now live on the site. Click here to learn more about this partnership.

500 Images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s Collection (Batch four of four)

Bloomsbury’s partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made 2,000+ images from the internationally renowned Costume Institute’s collection available through the Berg Fashion Library.

Besides the Met and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, there is a wealth of images already available on the site, as a result of previously agreed partnerships with institutions such as the V&A Museum or the Commercial Pattern Archive (CoPA).  Click here if you would like to have a look at the full list.

2 New Lesson Plans

The Berg Fashion Library is perfect for use in teaching. Using material from the Library, lesson plans have been prepared and uploaded to help lecturers and teachers plan their lessons more effectively. These lesson plans are provided free of charge, but to access the articles and images therein, your institution will need to subscribe to the library. The latest update includes two brand new plans:

Dress and Teens: a Brief Study of Influences

The study of this area of fashion is rich in fascinating content and serves as an excellent introduction into the investigation and development of subcultures. The readings for each individual lesson will encourage students to question influences on teen style that they may not previously have considered, such as specific aspects cultural and social change.

The Study of Dress and Fashion

This unit focuses on the similarities and differences among dress, costume, and fashion, how different scholars view these three words and how the ideas involved in them are used in the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and the Berg Fashion Library. In addition, other words are related, such as ethnic and national dress and world fashion. This learning module begins with articles providing definitions and concepts followed by other articles that connect to these ideas.

Online Exclusives

We also keep the online version of the Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion regularly updated with new online-only articles, available to Library subscribers. These are the Online Exclusives. A new Exclusive has also just been added to the collection and is now also live on the site:

Trendsetting African American Designers Valerie Giddings and Geraldine Ray (The United States and Canada)

Click here to view the full list of Online Exclusives and learn more about the Encyclopaedia online.

New Journals Content

A key benefit of the Berg Fashion Library is its cross-functionality with Berg fashion e-journals for mutual subscribers. Users can now link directly from the Berg Fashion Library to related journal articles where the institution already subscribes. As part of the newest update, we have added two new journal issues (Textile 10:3 and Fashion Theory 17:1), as well as the latest abstracts for review articles and exhibitions published in the most recent issues.

Click here if you want to learn more about this feature.

Finally, we have also added a new functionality, which means that all the image pages will now include links from designer names to their respective entries in The A-Z Fashion, which we believe might make research much easier.

Not bad, huh?

If you are not new to the Library you are probably already familiar with most of these features. If you are, there’ s something else you might like to know: there are currently six FREE articles waiting for you on the Berg Fashion Library homepage.

Don’t forget to check them out before they disappear!


Not Sure if Your Institution Subscribes?

lf you want to see if your library subscribes to the Berg Fashion Library, go to your library homepage and see if it is listed and then try to access it. If it isn’t, do use the recommendation form if you would like to see this resource in your library.

If you have any feedback or would like more advice on how to use the Berg Fashion Library (or just curious to find out more!), please email us at We would love to hear from you!

Noa Vázquez

Berg Fashion Library