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Costume History

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

Western Costume by Era: Look Under the Sub-pages by Date

Major History Databases: Get Some Basic Data Here

There are two major databases for history:

These two databases are the only ones that allow searching BY TIME PERIOD.

Search limiters for history databases












For example: your topic is Spanish fashion in the 19th Century. 

You might start by searching these two databases for: Spain and (fashion or dress or costume) 

Once you have some search results, look at the Refine Results part of the left sidebar.

  1. Click Show More>> (right under the date slider)
  2. A pop-up window offers more search options.
  3. Look at the Historical Period section (see graphic above).
  4. Enter the appropriate years and eras.
  5. Click on the Search button.

Voila! Articles about 19th century Spanish fashion!