An unrivaled source of information about world dress and fashion throughout history

Please note that this digital resource is not available to institutions in the USA.

Winner of the Dartmouth Medal, Berg Fashion Library features more than 13,000 color images, over 100 eBooks, an invaluable museum directory, a unique exhibition archive, reference works, and teaching resources to enrich and enliven studies. Covering a wide range of subject areas across the arts, humanities, and social sciences, it provides fascinating insights into people and cultures all over the world and throughout history.

Available on the Bloomsbury Fashion Central Platform, which is also home to Fashion Photography Archive, and Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases.


  • Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion
    The Encyclopedia consists of 2,000 images and more than 800 in-depth articles and explores the dressed and adorned body across cultures and throughout history. Cross cultural and multidisciplinary in approach, it provides readers with an appreciation of the richness and complexity of global dress.
  • Reference Works
    In addition to the Encyclopedia, our reference works also include Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion, the A–Z of Fashion, and The Dictionary of Fashion History.
  • Museum Directory
    An invaluable museum directory which features information on specialties and holdings, plus sample images, and links to further information
  • eBooks
    100+ academic e-books that cover important classic and modern writings on fashion and include such titles as Paris Fashion, A Cultural History, by Valerie Steele
  • Museum Exhibitions
    Unique exhibition archive, which showcases images from historic exhibitions from museums around the world, including the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; Somerset House, London; Fashion Museum, Bath; and Museo de la Moda, Santiago, Chile
  • Image Partnerships
    Over 13,000 color images from prestigious partners such as the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Mode Museum, and the Commercial Pattern Archive
  • Research and Learning Tools
    Lesson plans and bibliographic guides

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