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Bloomsbury Fashion Central


Bloomsbury Fashion Central

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The dynamic digital hub for interdisciplinary teaching and research in fashion and dress.

Interconnected major reference works, exclusive articles, case studies, scholarly eBooks, biographies, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, textbooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world join together to create a rich educational resource. 

Bloomsbury Fashion Central is home to the award-winning Berg Fashion Library,  Fashion Photography Archive, and Fairchild Books Library.


Content Highlights

Bloomsbury Fashion Central is a dynamic digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. Content is peer-reviewed by industry and academic experts and includes interconnected major reference works, exclusive articles, scholarly eBooks, case studies, biographies, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, textbooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world to create a rich educational resource.

Berg Fashion LibraryFashion Photography ArchiveFairchild Books Library, and Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases comprise Bloomsbury Fashion Central. These databases complement each other and offer enhanced content discoverability through a unified taxonomy, powerful search, and related content functionality. Read more about our databases below.

Our Databases

Berg Fashion Library

Berg Fashion Library

Winner of the Dartmouth Medal, Berg Fashion Library is the leading resource for students and researchers of Fashion Studies. More than 13,000 color images, over 100 academic eBooks, an invaluable museum directory, a unique exhibition archive, reference works, and teaching resources are available to enrich and enliven studies across many disciplines.

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Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases

With cases from across the fashion industry, from design and sourcing to marketing and retail, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases will enable students to develop essential business skills required for the next generation of fashion industry professionals to set themselves up for success. Global in focus, cases will present real-world challenges facing the business of fashion around the world and across sectors, tackling important issues such as sustainability, technology, ethics, and leadership.

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Fairchild Books Library

Fairchild Books Library

An essential resource covering the entire range of fashion education from the creative to corporate, Fairchild Books Library offers content that covers a full spectrum of topics in fashion including construction, draping, fashion business management, history, illustration, journalism, marketing, promotion, theory, pattern making, styling, product development, sustainable fashion, textiles, and more.

 See what’s in Fairchild Books Library

Fashion Photography Archive

Fashion Photography Archive

Experience the evolution of today’s most iconic designers with this unique educational resource. Curated by Editor-in-Chief Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT in New York, Fashion Photography Archive showcases rare images, international coverage, detailed metadata, exclusive academic articles, a timeline, lesson plans, and videos all designed to excite, engage, and inspire.

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Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive

Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive

In partnership with YOOX-NET-A-PORTER, Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive exhibits almost 3,000 spectacular fashion shows presented in Paris, London, New York, and Milan by 460 international designers, and covers the period 1979 to 2003. Each video features extensive indexing and captioning to enable search, browse, and enhanced discoverability. Explore the Archive at

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  • The specially-developed taxonomy used across Bloomsbury Fashion Central products makes it quick and easy for users to find the information they need.
  • Search results can be filtered by a wide range of specialist options including garment or accessory type, textiles and materials (e.g. colors, finishes, patterns), the fashion industry (e.g. fashion media, marketing, trend forecasting), organizations (e.g. design houses, fashion magazines), people (e.g. designers, models), and themes (e.g. subculture, power dressing, maternity wear)
  • Advanced search options include an image title, image designer, museum collection as well as book or chapter title, author and bibliographic details
  • Zoom in on images to get a close-up view

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