A guide to researching Australian and international fashion, designs, designers, industries, textiles and fabrics, patterns, tailoring, dressmaking, uniforms, accessories, and body art.
For both recent and historic information on wedding attire and evening wear, search our catalogue with terms such as:
To find images of formal wear, search our catalogue using the Pictures & Photographs dropdown with the following keywords:
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.
If you wish to search for full text magazine articles choose the Articles tab above the catalogue search box.
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.
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.
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