Fashion

A guide to researching Australian and international fashion, designs, designers, industries, textiles and fabrics, patterns, tailoring, dressmaking, uniforms, accessories, and body art.

Accessories

Phyllis Tortora’s The Fairchild encyclopedia of accessories or Oliver Gerval’s Fashion accessories provide excellent overviews. In his preface to Oliver Gerval’s book, Alber Elbaz noted the influence of fashion accessories:

How a belt can accentuate the waist by refining or lowering it, how the body can be lengthened or shortened, or how a shoe alters the small of the back or the curve of a leg, all of which have an effect on the proportions of the garment.

Phyllis Tortora’s book deals not only with fashion accessories, but also with components, such as the History and significance of fur to fashion accessories or the History and significance of gems, gem cuts, and settings to fashion. Both works are useful starting to points for wider exploration in the Library’s collections.

When searching the catalogue try some of these searches. From the results list use the options at the left of the screen to further refine your search results.

H2007.115/9
Denton hats, H2007.115/9

Online articles

For general articles about fashion accessories go to choose the Articles option from the dropdown menu next to the search box on our catalogue and enter keywords.

Full text articles can be accessed within the Library by anyone, and outside the Library by Victorian registered Library users.

From the results list use the options at the left of the screen to further refine your search results.

Screenshot of dress accessories catalogue search for articles

 

Online databases and archives

 

The Library has several extensive fashion databases. These can be accessed within the Library by anyone, and outside the Library by Victorian registered Library users.

From our Pictures collection

 H88.50/67

Bust of woman, wearing hat with roses and veils, and earings, c.1864-1869, H88.50/67

H95.85/78

Whole-length portrait of four men, c.1900-1910, H95.85/78