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Costume Studies: In the Reference Room

This guide you will be introduced to Books, Journals and videos available from Bobst in the area of Costume Studies

In the reference Room

1914 illustration by George Barbier, 'Costumes Parisiens' No. 184-1914. The title of this pochoir print is 'Robe de taffetas et mousseline de soie peinte' (with the word 'Fabivs' written in block at the bottom right edge). Translated it reads: 'Wrap taffeta and muslin of painted silk'. The pochoir measures 17 1/4" x 10 1/4". Date:1914. Source:La Gazette du Bon Ton, Author:George Barbier (1882-1932). Permission:This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Valerie Steele, Ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 1454 pp. 3 vols.

***Why use Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Histories?***

Start your research by using the Histories, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries available in the reference room.  The General Humanities and Social Sciences Reference Room is located on the 1st fl. or Bobst.  If your just getting starting on a topic these tools will acquaint you with the terms and ideas in your topic.  Many of these are available online.  Histories are a chronological record of events, as of the life or development of a people or institution, often including an explanation of or commentary on those events.  Encyclopedias are a comprehensive reference works containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically. Dictionaries are a reference books containing an alphabetical list of words, with information given for each word, usually including meaning, pronunciation, and etymology.

The sourcebook of contemporary fashion design

Contemporary Fashion. Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf