An unrivalled window into fashion history between 1979 and 2003.

  • Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive
  • Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive

Showcasing nearly 3,000 fashion videos from the YOOX-NET-A-PORTER Runway Archive Collections, the Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive documents fashion’s most spectacular era, from 1979 to 2003. Collection highlights include Vivienne Westwood’s provocative shows, disruptive innovators Hussein Chalayan and Rei Kawakubo, les enfants terribles Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, and the rise of the supermodels.

The videos are accompanied by exclusive scholarly articles that provide essential context to the collection, shedding light on key shows, the evolution of trends, iconic designers, and the transformation of runway spectacles to performance art. Articles have been specially curated by Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT, New York.

There are 2,738 videos available in the collection.

Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive is one of five individual collections (along with Berg Fashion Library , Fairchild Books Library, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive) available on the award-winning Bloomsbury Fashion Central platform.


  • 1,200 hours of highly desirable footage, indexed extensively to enable easy searching and discovery. 460 international designers represented in almost 3,000 catwalk shows from Paris, London, New York and Milan across the years 1979 – 2003.
  • Rich metadata to allow advanced, easy searching across content
  • Exclusive, scholarly articles providing essential context that shed light on key collections, the evolution of trends, colors, individual designers’ work, the performance art of staging a runway show, and more, all curated by world-renowned fashion historian and Director of the Museum at FIT in New York, Dr Valerie Steele..
  • ‘Clip making tool’ to easily save and share specific sections of videos.
  • A timeline of influential collections.
  • Regular article updates.
  • Related Content links on every content page makes it easy to discover relevant material.
  • Easy to cite and share content.
  • Personal Account feature enables users to save items to view later; organize saved items into folders; email and export citations; save searches and set up search alerts’.

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single sign-on, Username and Password

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

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What content is available in Bloomsbury Architecture Library?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library offers the landmark 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, fully rewritten with updates from over 100 experts, and an expanding range of eBooks, covering architecture, architectural history, theory, design, urbanism, landscape, and interiors (42 available at launch).

Find out more about the content

Is the content included in Bloomsbury Architecture Library available online anywhere else?

Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st edition and a majority of the eBooks on the platform are available online exclusively in Bloomsbury Architecture Library. A limited number of eBooks in the resource are available on Bloomsbury Design Library.

Does the resource cover architecture across countries?

The resource offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of architecture from almost every country in the world. Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture is an acclaimed resource with unmistakable illustrations and new color photographs. The 21st edition has been entirely rewritten with a global focus, reflecting the latest scholarship in global architecture history.

How is ‘architecture’ defined?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library features a wide selection of works on architecture and related disciplines including urbanism, landscape, and interiors. It approaches the subject through architectural history and theory, connecting to contemporary design practice and the best current thinking about the issues that matter including: global perspectives, politics, sustainability, and the future of architectural design.

What time period is covered?

The entire span of architecture history from pre-history to the present day is covered in the Bloomsbury Architecture Library.

Will the resource be updated?

Yes, coming to the platform in spring 2019:

  • Building pages with key information about the world’s most important buildings all in one place: location, date, architect, description, materials, images, and more
  • clickable world map linked to building pages and articles, making location-specific research easy
  • An interactive timeline puts architecture history in perspective and provides context for movements, themes, and periods throughout architecture history
  • An essential glossary where students can look up key terms

Further content updates will occur twice a year in March and October, adding new books and materials, including:

  • Museum and archive image collections, including 600 images to be added from the National Archive at Kew
  • Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World
  • A Cultural History of Interiors
  • Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture

Who is the resource for?

Bloomsbury Architecture Library is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, researchers, and professionals in the fields of architecture, architecture history, art history, interior design, urban studies, and landscape architecture.