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Researching the 2000s

BinocularsSorry, there's no section of the library devoted to 2000s 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!

2000s     Two thousands     00s     00s fashion    Hip hop fashion     Athleisure

Here are some other tips for researching by a decade:

  • Search by designer, not designer by decade.  For example, if you were to search "Alexander McQueen 00s" you would find zero books.  However if you were to search for just "Alexander McQueen" then look through the many books we have on him, you would find plenty of his designs from the 2000s.  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 2000s wedding dress?  Instead of "2000s wedding dress" search for "wedding dress" then look through some of the books you find for images from the 2000s.  
  • Search by photographer.  Like designers, a photographers work may span many decades.  

Recommended Books about Fashion of the 2000s

Magazines and Store Catalogs from the 2000s

Please note, some of our magazines are available digitally and some are only available in print in the Periodicals room on the 4th floor for in-library use. Visit our Periodicals LibGuide to see all of our periodicals by decade.


May 1970-Current. 10x per year Fashion, beauty, home decorating, food and general features aimed at African-American women

Harper's Bazaar

1930-Current. Monthly microfilm: November 1867-December 1923; January 1975-December 1976 The Harper's Bazaar Archive: November 2, 1867-Current (FIT username and password required for access) (Earlier Issues available in Special Collections) Leading American high fashion magazine.

Vogue [American]

April -June 1927; Jan-Mar 1928; Jan 1933-Current (with gaps). Monthly Vogue Archive: all issues (FIT username and password required for access) (Earlier issues available in Special Collections) Widely-regarded as the most influential American fashion magazine; features articles and images by leading fashion critics, photographers, stylists, illustrators, designers and models

WWD Archive

covers fashion and business news. The library's subscription covers 1910 to 6 months ago.



store catalog 1998-Current Retailer that sells apparel and accessories for women, home decor, and numerous gift and decorative items. Catalog also available online

JC Penney

JC Penney

store catalog Fall/Winter 1963; 1967-2011 (with gaps) An American department store that sells apparel, home furnishings, jewelry, cosmetics, electronics, and more. Catalog also available online

J. Crew

J. Crew

store catalog 1987; 1994-Current A New York founded retail store that carries apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. Catalog also available online

AnOther Magazine

AnOther Magazine

Autumn/Winter 2001 (n1)-Current. (with gaps) 2x per year online: Autumn/Winter 2001 (n1)-Current. (FIT username and password required for access) Avant-garde culture and fashion magazine from the publishers of Dazed & Confused and AnOther Man

Elle [American]

Elle [American]

September 1985-Current. Monthly American monthly edition of the French weekly. Fashion features aimed at young women



August 1979 (v92 n2)-Current. 8x per year Formerly Esquire Fortnightly Men’s magazine covering men’s fashion and clothes, culture and entertainment and advice on money matte

Archival Sources from the 2000s

FIT Digital Image Library   FITDIL McQueen

SPARC Digital   SPARC Digital Jamel Shabazz

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