The Fashion Photography Archive
Fashion Photography Archive showcases forty years of contemporary fashion history and is available for institutional purchase via subscription or perpetual access. Images are copyright-cleared for educational purposes and corporate licensing options are also available.
A new online resource for students and researchers, now available!
The largest collection of fashion photographs for use by students and educators, the archive includes images of:
International runway shows from the 1970s until the early 2000s, from over 400 designers
Key collections from McQueen, Gaultier, Westwood, Chalayan, Galliano, and more
Rare backstage and front row shots from fashion shows of the past forty years
Street-style images from global fashion cities
The Archive’s fine-tuned index and interactive timeline allow students to compare and trace trends, designers, and seasons.
What’s in the Fashion Photography Archive
In addition to thousands of unique images, the Archive contains: in-depth articles; hundreds of designer biographies; and insightful videos. Here's a sneak preview of some of the fantastic images:
With more than 750,000* high-quality runway, backstage, and street style images, the Fashion Photography Archive advances knowledge of recent fashion history and gives inspiration for fashion design students.
Naomi Campbell topples off her platform heels during a Vivienne Westwood show (A/W 1993).
Shalom Harlow’s white tulle dress is spray painted in a statement about production processes in the fashion industry (Alexander McQueen, S/S 1999).
Four chair covers and a coffee table are transformed into dresses and a wooden skirt (Hussein Chalayan, A/W 2000) – pieces inspired by refugees forced to flee conflict and to carry their possessions with them.
Accompanying the wealth of images in the Archive are more than 200 articles specially commissioned for the site.
More than 100 biographies are available for all Bloomsbury Fashion Central users and provide the perfect starting point for any fashion topic. Read our featured biography, or find out more about:
Editor-in-Chief Valerie Steele interviews Niall McInerney, the photographer of the Fashion Photography Archive, in a series of short videos which cover a range of different topics.
Niall McInerny's career in fashion photography crossed four decades. The giant selection of images in the Fashion Photography Archive reflects the variety of shows, designers, supermodels, and celebrities that he captured during this time. Here, Valerie Steele interviews him about what it was like to photograph catwalk shows, back stage, and street style – and asks him for his insight into the shows of some of the world’s best known designers.
Click here to see the full list of videos
Fashion Photography Archive is a part of Bloomsbury Fashion Central Platform
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