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Recommended Books on Korean Costume

Searching for Books on Korean Costume

SearchingHere are some suggested search terms to use in OneSearch:

Fashion -- Korea

Korea -- Social life and customs

Costume -- Korea -- History 

Textile design -- Korea -- History 

Wrapping cloths -- Korea

Clothing and dress -- Korea

Costume -- Korea

Embroidery -- Korea

Search Tip:

The search term "Korea" will bring you different results than the search term "Korean".  If you want to search both at the same time, simply type the root of both words followed by an asterisk "Korea*" into OneSearch and the computer will search both terms at once. 

For example,  a search for "costume korea*" is the same as searching "costume korea" AND  "costume korean" giving you more results:

Korea Wildcard Search

Browsing for Korean Costume Books on the Shelf

BookshelfBooks about Korean Costume can be in a number of different sections of the library depending on if the book's focus is medium, time period, or art by country. Here are some suggested call numbers to start browsing:

GT1565- Clothing, Korea

N7360-7369- Fine Arts, Korea

NK8884.6- Textile Arts, Korea

NK9284.6- Embroidery, Korea

Searching Databases about Korean Costume

Historical Research:

Berg Fashion LibraryThe Berg Fashion Library contains fashion specific dictionaries and encyclopedias.  It's a great place to get definitions and overviews on a topic.
ARTSTORARTSTOR is an image database and has thousands of examples of both historical and modern Korean art and textiles from museum collections around the world. ​Images are available in hi-res and are downloadable. You can browse by Country of Origin, Museum, Medium and Time Period.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library also contains fashion specific dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Modern Research:

Videofashion Library The Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library has streaming video of runway shows starting from the 1970s.
Women's Wear DailyWomen's Wear Daily (WWD) Archive covers fashion and business news. The library's subscription covers 1910 to the present day.
VogueThe Vogue Archive has the full text of every issue of Vogue magazine from 1892 to the present day.

Other Resources on Korean Fashion:

Here are some excellent websites for exploring and learning about Korean costume history and modern fashion.

Po, the Seonbi Spirit in Clothing From Google Arts & Culture Po, the Seonbi Spirit in Clothing is an online exhibition of Hanbok created by the Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation.
HanbokHanbok is an online exhibit from Google Arts & Culture on korean traditional attire.
Seoul Fashion WeekThe official website of Seoul Fashion Week has a directory and images from South Korean designers.
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