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Strike a Pose: Berg Fashion Library


[Pinstripe and herringbone suits], Digital ID 1599943, New York Public LibraryThe Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, long-considered one of the most indispensible resources for the history of dress, is now online—with a host of other content—through Berg Fashion Library, a resource available at all NYPL locations and from home or school with a library card number.

Berg Fashion Library contains the entire run of the Berg encyclopedia (updated twice a year), sixty fashion e-books (Anatomy of Fashion, Fashion in Fiction), 1,600 color images from the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection, and other reference titles such as the Dictionary of the History of Fashion.

All these resources work together to provide the fashion researcher (or general enthusiast) with an overall history of a specific article of clothing. A simple search for "scarves," for example, produces 311 results, covering everything from Coco Chanel to the Muslim headscarf debate to the takije worn by "sworn virgins" of the Southern Balkans.

One can also browse Berg to find out what people were wearing through the ages (500 BCE to the present) and around the world. Learn about the dress of the Han Chinese of the Shang Dynasty, or the goffered veil favored by Queen Euphemia of Pomerania (1289–ca. 1330), or the wedding dress in modern-day Japan. Berg is the perfect place to find rich and reliable content, beautiful images, and a unique perspective of world history.


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Thanks for letting us know about the online Berg Library, which has a host of valuable resources for fashion enthusiasts, like me. Enjoy!

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