In the library we arrange the print materials by subject. If you're wanting to simply browse the shelves, this is where you'll need to be:
390 (for costume)
646 (for fashion)
Library of Congress:
GT507 and GT510 (for fashion)
PN2067 (for costume design and history)
TT (for sewing, knitting etc. as a handicraft)
Most of the GT507 and 510 materials are in the Undergraduate Library, though MPAL also has a few items. Most 646 material is in Main Stacks (Main Library). If you want particular items transferred over to MPAL we can often arrange this, so please ask.
If you're starting a costume research project and need ideas or inspiration, you may find it helpful to refer to this article:
The whole of volume 27 is entitled "Documenting: Costume Design", and is likely to become a "go to" resource for costume design researchers.
You may also be interested in the bibliography of monograph titles included in the volume (pg. 265-270).
U of I patrons can access the journal Performing Arts Resources online or in print by visting MPAL's periodical section--periodicals are organized alphabetically by title.
If you're feeling lost, you're in luck because the library is a place to get help! MPAL provides research assistance at the Reference Desk. Please do not hesitate to ask questions. Library staff can help with:
One of the ways you can limit your search results to a particular topic is to do a "subject" search. Here are some subject headings to help you retrieve the most helpful resources from the catalog.