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Fashion and Clothing History

1900s overview

1900s and 1910s in depth

Researching the 1900s and 1910s


Sorry, there's no section of the library devoted to early 1900s fashion!  

Searching for fashion by a specific decade can be tricky because the same time period can be described several different ways and information about a decade may be found in several different sections of the library.  There is no one phrase that will bring back all the clothing of a decade so try a few different searches to see what works.  Here are some suggestions of searches to start with. Get creative and add some of your own!

1900s     Nineteen oughts     10s     1900s fashion     Gilded age fashion     Edwardian fashion

Here are some other tips for researching by a decade:

  • Search by designer, not designer by decade.  For example, if you were to search "Lucile 1910s" you would find zero books.  However if you were to search for just "Lucile" then look through the many books we have on him, you would find plenty of his designs from the 1910s.  Because a designer's career can span decades, it's difficult to restrict a search to a specific designer AND a specific decade.
  • Search by type of clothing.  Looking for a 1900s wedding dress?  Instead of "1900s wedding dress" search for "wedding dress" then look through some of the books you find for images from the 1910s.   
  • Search by century.  A book that covers the entire 20th century may have a very good chapter on the 1910s with images you can't find anywhere else.
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