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Costume History

Resources on the history of dress, clothing, and costume for fashion, retail, and theater / theatre

collage of images of historic costume, including 18th C dress of aqua and a WWII sailor working a sewing machine.


"Costume history" means two things: 

  •  the history of things people wore 
  •  clothes especially for performers, and the history of those clothes.  

Start here for Costume Resources

Here are the top general resources for Costume research  

Move on to the other tabs to get more detail, find more places to search. 


ArticlesPlus searches more than 200 databases all at the same time, from the search box on the library homepage. 

ALICE Catalog

ALICE lists the books, videos,  magazines, journals, newspapers, & etc. in OU’s libraries.

Careful: use Articles Plus to find articles; use ALICE to find books.