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Fashion Design: Inspiration, Illustration, and Tools

Starting fresh

New design projects require new ideas. The FIT Library has hundreds of ways to feed your head with new ideas. Databases, ebooks, and websites on every kind of art and technology, forecasting services, retrospectives of old designers: we've done our best to present sources you can get to from home and on campus.

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Art as Inspiration

Select a color to see matching Classic Artworks - Google Art & Culture (free)

Google Art & Culture: Color in Classic Artwork

Online Trend Services

Zoom Into The Thread

Google Zoom Into Threads - McQueen EmbroideryArt Camera:

High resolution images showing fine details
from Google Arts & Culture Collections

Image: Detail from Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen A/W 2016 (British Fashion Council)

Searching for ideas

cover of Madeleine Vionnet by Betty Kirke

Madeleine Vionnet, with patterns of her work

5th floor Oversize TT505.V56 K57

Vogue Italia Archive

Every issue from 1964-Current, including articles, ads, editorial content

cover of Mix magazine


4th floor PERS Desk


Digital library of art images from museums and other institutions.

Vintage Details

5th floor TT506 .M39

cover of ReFashioned by Sass Brown


5th floor TT550 .B76

cover of Textile Report magazine

Textile Report

4th floor PERS Desk

The Fashion Designer's Sketchbook

5th floor Access Services Desk - Reserves; TT509 .R675

cover of Textile View magazine

Textile View magazine

4th floor PERS Desk

Charles James: Beyond Fashion

5th floor TT505 .J36 K63

FITDIL FIT digital database

FITDIL: FIT Digital Image Library

FITDIL is an Internet-based repository of digital images.

cover of Vintage Menswear by Doublans Gunn et al.

Vintage Menswear

5th floor GT1710 ,G85

Materials experimentation

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