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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Costume Design

A guide to Library resources on costume design, construction, and history.


This page collects a selection of the Library's books on costume production, design, and history, but it is only a small sample of what's available to you!

To do some searching on your own, explore the library catalog. Conducting a keyword search in the library catalog is always a great place to start. Use the "Material Type" filter on the right of the "Advanced Search" screen to limit your results to "Books."

After finding a relevant book in the catalog, use the topics (listed in the subject field of the record) to find related materials. At this point, if you've identified several promising materials that have the same subjects listed, consider clicking on any of the subject headings to launch a new search for similarly classified items.

You can also check out the instructions and suggestions in the Tips for Exploring the Collection box on the first page of this guide for suggested search terms.

Once you find an item you're interested in, check to see what other materials are shelved near it to find related books on similar topics!

Selected Library Materials