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Costume and Fashion History

The Vogue Magazine Cover (15 Jul 1910) Wikimedia Commons

This guide focuses on resources for researching costume and fashion history. It includes recommended resources and tips for effective research and includes information on how to find books, journal articles, primary sources and links to web sites and other resources.

Fashion versus Costume

Modern publications usually define the term “costume” as a mode of dress specific to a time period, nation, or social class. The terms “fashion” and “style” are often used interchangeably to indicate a predominant form of dress during a given time (New York Public Library guide).

Costume history can mean the history of dress and accessories people wore as well as clothes especially for performers and the history of those clothes. 


What is Omni?

Omni is the library search tool used to find items in Queen's Libraries and our partner libraries, as well to access articles and other electronic resources but NOT everything is included.

Discover the features of Omni in our quick guide.

Detailed information about how to search Omni is available in the Omni Search Tips guide.


This guide was originally created by Haley Svensrud as part of her History 212 internship in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Queen’s Library, Winter 2023.