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Fashion Design: Home

The aim of this guide is to provide helpful resources and tips for research in fashion


This page highlights key research resources for fashion design students, the most significant being Bloomsbury Fashion Central.

School of Arts Librarian

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James Thickins
I'm here to help - online appointments are normally available. Note the email link above goes to the Academic Engagement Librarian team joint email, not me directly.

Library Search

Library Search is good for academic research on fashion.  Not only does it list all the books that the library holds, it also provides links to content from most of the periodicals literature that we have access to. 

As well as searching for a specific topic that you are interested in, look as well at books that cover a broad area. These subject searches may be a useful way to start.

Google books can also be useful for research.

Academic journals

Library Search is the best place to start research, but you might also want to look specifically at some of the fashion journals listed here.  For the cultural context of fashion, I suggest looking at Fashion Theory journal.

Newspapers / Magazines

The library takes the following magazines in print.  Those marked with an asterisk are also available online.

  • 10 Men
  • Another Magazine  [via Exact Editions - select via institution]
  • Another Man  [via Exact Editions - select via institution]
  • Collezioni Donna & Haute Couture
  • Collezioni Trends
  • Collezioni Uomo
  • Dazed [via Exact Editions - select via institution]
  • Drapers*
  • Elle - English Edition
  • Elle - French Edition
  • Fantastic Man
  • I-D Magazine
  • GQ (Gentlemen's Quarterly)*
  • Marie Claire (French Edition)
  • Retail Week
  • Selvedge*
  • Sport & Street Collezioni – Italy
  • Style (The Sunday Times)
  • Tank Magazine
  • Textile View Magazine + View2
  • Textiles Magazine*
  • V Magazine
  • Vogue (Italy)
  • Vogue (France)
  • Vogue (UK)
  • Vogue (USA)

*Available online via Library Search

Key resources

Visual research resources

More resources on the Image / Moving Image guide