A New Update to the Berg Fashion Library

The second update of the year goes live on the Berg Fashion Library today, and brings a wealth of new exciting content: 2 lesson plans, 1,000 new images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and our new partner The Fashion Museum, Bath, 9 online exclusive articles, and more journals content.

A while back we introduced you to the Berg Fashion Library, our award-winning online resource for fashion students, scholars and professionals.

Today we bring you news of a new update that has just gone live on the site, with the following:

Two new lesson plans, with links through to live online content:

The Library is perfect for use in teaching. These lesson plans have been prepared to help lecturers and teachers plan their lessons more effectively, using material from the Berg Fashion Library.

There are currently five plans available on the site, and they are all provided free of charge.

Evening Dress, Paquin Archive
Grey and pink evening dress, Paquin Archive © Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council

1,000 New Images:

Bloomsbury has partnered with the Fashion Museum, Bath, to make 1,000 images of their outstanding collection available through the Berg Fashion Library. The first batch, now live on the site, comes from the Museum’s extraordinary Paquin Archive – 470 beautiful fashion drawings created at Maison Paquin in the 1920s.

500 new images from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (batch 2/5). 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 1,000 of these images are now live on the site.

Modern Dress, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Woman's Ensemble: Coat, Top, Skirt, Belt, Socks, Sandals, Necklace, and Bracelet. Gift of Burberry Prorsum in honor of Tom Marotta, 2009 © Philadelphia Museum of Art

9 Online Exclusive articles from the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion are now available to Berg Fashion Library subscribers. Topics range from African Okpella and Yoruba “Uniforms” through to Steampunk and Brazilian Carnival Costume. For a limited time, you can now access one of these articles for free in our homepage highlights – don’t miss this chance to learn more about the fascinating evolution of figure skating!

Fritz Willis (1907-1979), a commercial artist who specialized in pin-ups, drew program covers for Shipstads and Johnson’s Ice Follies from 1951-1969. This program, the Fifteenth Anniversary Program for 1951, was used for the entire tour with different local advertisements.


Finally, there are also new issues from our journals Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice and Textile. Mutual subscribers can benefit from one of the library’s most useful features, the cross-functionality between the library and our fashion e-journals.


We leave you with a pre-festive season thought: how about having an entire fashion library all to yourself?

Many of you will find that your institution currently holds a subscription to the Library already (and if they don’t, they should! Here’s a recommendation form) but we can also give you a tailored quote to be able to subscribe privately – all you need to do is drop us a line.

Perhaps one for your wishlist this year? ;)

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