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Textiles: Images

Subject guide for Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

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Image Collections

Ad*Access Project Images and information for more than 7,000 advertisements printed primarily in the United States from 1911 to 1955. (Duke University Libraries)

LA County Museum of Art Costume & Textiles: LACMA's online collection - Fashion 1900-2000

mptv: Home of Legends Photographs of screen legends and red carpet celebrities

Smithsonian Digital Collection of Textiles and Fabric

The 50,000 objects in the textile collections fall into two main categories: raw fibers, yarns, and fabrics, and machines, tools, and other textile technology. Shawls, coverlets, samplers, laces, linens, synthetics, and other fabrics are part of the first group, along with the 400 quilts in the National Quilt Collection. Some of the Museum's most popular artifacts, such as the Star-Spangled Banner and the gowns of the first ladies, have an obvious textile connection. The machinery and tools include spinning wheels, sewing machines, thimbles, needlework tools, looms, and an invention that changed the course of American agriculture and society. A model of Eli Whitney's cotton gin, made by the inventor in the early 1800s, shows the workings of a machine that helped make cotton plantations profitable in the South and encouraged the spread of slavery.

VADS: Online Resource for Visual Arts  VADS provides a national collection of over 140,000 images from over 300 art and design collections across the UK, which are freely available for non-commercial use in education. The images cover the broad range of the visual arts including applied arts, architecture, design, fashion, fine art, and media. VADS is a service of the Library at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). Various collections in VADS have images of clothing.

Vogue Vogue provides coverage of fashion, beauty, designers, collections, and video on