Research Guides


Apparel Design & Merchandising Resources

The subject liaison at the Libraries for Design & Merchandising is:
Naomi Lederer
Morgan Library | (970) 491-0593
E-mail via "Content:" below

Web Resources(listed on this page):

Research Sources at CSU Libraries (listed on separate pages):

Databases and Print Indexes
highlight: WGSN news/info/fashion images


Book Suppliers

  • Fairchild Books from the publishers of Women's Wear Daily, and a number of trade periodicals, an extensive database of book titles on fashion and merchandising.
  • Fashiondex publications in the areas of retailing and textile & apparel technology.
  • Textile Museum Shop online database of over 500 titles on textiles and related subjects sponsored by the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.

College and University Programs


Databases (Full Text & Images) Available to CSU Affiliates

  • WGSN. Forecasting and trend services.
  • WWD (Women's Wear Daily).


  • updated postings usually for the current month. Also includes a section on getting a job in fashion.
  • Women's Wear Daily fashion industry classified advertisements from the WWD Website- you will need to register for free to access the classified ads.

Ethnic/Historical Dress

  • Art and Life in Africa (ALA) thorough site in content and in indexing, from the University of Iowa Dept. of Art and Art History with information on peoples and countries of the continent.
  • Bata Shoe Museum, Tornonto includes images, maps, background and history of footwear through the ages. See the Ethnological, Circumpolar, and North American Indian sections, available from the Collections Page.
  • Costumer's Manifesto personal wiki with extensive links to sources for dress and costume history. Tara Maginnis.
  • Fashion Encyclopedia (© 2016 Advameg, Inc.) has topics listed in groupings from A-Z, time periods, and listings of models.
  • History of the Kimono Kimono Hypertext from JPNET (Japanese Language and Culture Network) at MIT includes extensive images of the male, female, and child kimono.

Fashion Designers

  • Designers A-Z Women's Fashions ( has an A-Z index of designers and well as Fashion Design Photo Gallery.
  • Biography and Geneology Master Index (updated biannually) comprehensive index to 12 million biographical sketches. Check Morgan Library holdings for individual sources. Available on campus or remotely to CSU faculty, staff and students.


  • Art Online full text version of the Dictionary of Art and Oxford Companion to Western Art with browsing and keyword search capabilities.
  • Garmet Collection. Columbia College Chicago. Image of clothes. Search by designer, origin, keyword, origin, from between specific years, and type (hat, etc.); this may bring up only one item.
  • Historical Clothing Collection. ScholarsArchive at Brigham Young University. "The collection is organized by period as well as gender, and other identification. Visual images, accompanied by written descriptions, have been electronically archived under five main categories: Women, Men, Children, Intimate Clothing, and Accessories. The dates of clothing artifacts are registered from the late eighteenth century through the 1990’s."



  • American Apparel and Footware Association (AAFA) lists numerous links to industry news and information, consumer information and events calendar.
  • American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) searchable site with information for textile buyers as well as industry standards, trade and economic data.
  • Census Bureau retail and wholesale trade data, foreign trade, economic census and population census, all full text, mainly in .pdf files.
  • Fashion Windows includes numerous sources for visual merchandising, display and designer information, sponsored by a private company of the same name.
  • FiberSource information of international fiber production, fiber news and statistics, and particular fiber types with corresponding manuafacturers. Sponsored by American Fiber Manufacturers Association / Fiber Economics Bureau, Inc.
  • National Retail Federation includes background, membership and current news for the organization as well as industry news, links to relevant government publications and sources for the independent retailer.
  • Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) trade news and data from the U.S. Department of Commerce - International Trade Administration.

Museums and Galleries


Webliographies and Megalists


Design & Merchandising Department