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Technology: Unit 2: Research Styles of Fashion

Search Our Databases

Keep your search terms simple (no sentences, only key words).

Search via the name of your style. 

Search TIPS

Exclude words from your search

Put - in front of a word you want to leave out. For example, jaguar speed -car

Search for an exact match

Put a phrase inside quotes to find more accurate results. For example, "60s fashion".

Combine searches - Instead of doing separate searches for similar terms. 

Put "OR" between each search query. For example,  trousers OR pants.


Google search tips

Browse for a Style or Time Period


1. Ensure you have a basic understanding of what you are looking for by using REFERENCE INFORMATION to start: 


2. Information uploaded by the public, like on Pinterest Wikipediaand Youtubecan be great but MUST be cross-referenced with other sources to ensure accuracy.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell the slight differences between styles and decades, and online websites get this wrong too. Always be asking yourself:

  • Does this connect with what I already know?

  • Have l seen something similar to this before?

  • Can I cross reference this information I have already found or information elsewhere?

  • If in doubt, check with your teacher or teacher librarian. 


3. Make sure you also browse the amazing Library books available and the websites below too:

The Vintage Guild of Fashion

Make sure you click on the 'read more' button for each article.

Glamour Daze - Vintage Fashion 1900 to 1969.

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) New York search their museum.

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design - search the Fashion and Textiles Collection

  • Click on 'More search options' and place the years you are looking for in - E.g. 1960 to 1969.
  • Make sure you have the 'fashion and textiles collection' selected.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) New York City - Search the collection