Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Barbie doll?
Or where the phrase “blondes have more fun” came from?
Are you curious about the history of Soviet Russian clothing or want to read about Japanese street and youth fashion?
Any of these questions and more can be explored in the Berg Fashion Library, a new award-winning online resource now available in the Calgary Public Library’s E-Library. Access is available with your Calgary Public Library card in the Arts & Music, Encyclopedias and History & Geneology pages of the E-library.
The Berg Fashion Library contains in-depth content spanning several disciplines from anthropology, art history, fashion, cultural criticism, history and sociology.
Images from the Berg Fashion Library image bank:
|Traditional Japanese bridal clothing
||Japanese street fashion
- Lesson plans for teachers and lecturers free of charge
- Full text collection of Berg Fashion E-books
- Links to E-journals
- Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress & Fashion which includes articles and over 2000 searchable images
- Extensive colour image bank
- Classic and modern writings on fashion
- Browse feature to search by themes, period, place, textiles and materials and much more.
What you can do:
You can also view selections of vintage clothing patterns taken from the Commercial Pattern Archive (CoPA). The Commercial Pattern Archive database contains patterns from 1868 to 2000, and although the Berg Fashion Library only highlights a small selection of images from this database, it is a good place to start for those of you who want to recreate that 1960s Mad Men inspired outfit you've always dreamed of.