Fashion

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

Wedding attire and evening wear

Books etc
Fashionable Evening Dress IAN01/06/93/22a

For both recent and historic information on wedding attire and evening wear, search our catalogue with terms such as:

Images

Our catalogue

To find images of formal wear, search our catalogue using the Pictures & Photographs dropdown with the following keywords:

Trove

Open the Trove Pictures database and search using terms such as weddings and evening wear.

Newspapers also reported weddings and formal events, and in the past often included images of wedding parties. Use the Trove newspapers database using keywords such as weddings and evening wear. The search can be limited to illustrated articles.

Articles

If you wish to search for full text magazine articles choose the Articles tab above the catalogue search box. 

Here is an example of an article search for evening wear. Any item in the results list can be accessed within the Library by anyone, and outside the Library by Victorian registered Library users.

Magazines

Wedding periodicals -this catalogue search will list relevant magazines held by the Library.

Australian Women's Weekly will have a lot of images of weddings and brides, and evening wear Use the option at left under the Decade heading to narrow to a particular time period between 1933 and 1982, and to Illustrated items. For issues after 1982 the Library holds all issues of this magazine in print up until current.

Life magazine - this wonderful illustrated American magazine has been digitised on Google books from 1936 to 1972. It covers a wide range of subjects but does contain images and content on fashion and design. For items on bridal wear tick the Search all issues box beneath the search box and then search for relevant keywords. For instance here is an illustrated article about brides during World War 2 and another featuring evening wear.

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

Vice-Regal Ball, Exhibition Building, Melbourne June 1st 1864 H15519

Vice-Regal Ball, Exhibition Building, Melbourne June 1st 1864 H15519
 

Sketches at the Mayors ball AS27 08 83 153

Sketches at the Mayors ball AS27/08/83/153

 

Wedding party  H2011.20/69

Wedding party  H2011.20/69 
 

From our Pictures Collection

Model on podium in evening gown H2002.199/406

Model on podium in evening gown H2002.199/406 

Jenny Gordon, Swanpool debutante and partner H2005.100/2786

Jenny Gordon, Swanpool debutante and partner H2005.100/2786 
 

Sketches at the Mayor's ball. A/S16/07/81/233

Sketches at the Mayor's ball A/S16/07/81/233 
 

Bridal party  H86.71/2

Bridal party  H86.71/2