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Costume Design

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


You may need to search for contemporary and historical images in the course of your research or for your own inspiration. Whether you're looking for historical images of costumes or hoping to browse the costume collections of particular museums or cultural institutions online, check out the resources below for a place to start.

For a more exhaustive list of resources than we've collected on this page, check out the Main Library's guide on Finding Images and Video.

Recommended Databases & Digital Hubs

The databases and digital hubs linked below allow you to search the digital collections of many cultural institutions, libraries, and museums at once! These are a great place to start if you are looking to browse generally and want to consult a range of resources. 

Selected Digital Costume Collections

Local Collection