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Fashion Plates Digital Collection

Fashion Plates Digital Collection


The Collection (1776-2003) contains plates of general fashion dating back to the 18th century and continuing through the 20th century. Additional categories within the files include accessories, baby and beach fashions, bridal fashions and portraits, children's and communion clothing, footwear, inaugural gowns, maid uniforms, masquerade costumes, men's fashion, millinery, mourning dresses, negligees and undergarments. There are also magazine issues relating to fashion as well as magazine articles discussing fashion of the Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern periods. The digital collection is based on the collection of Mary Barton (1917-2003), an alumna (Class of 1942) from Ames, who was a quilt historian. For more collections on fashion, search the library catalog or Special Collections.

Additional fashion resources available in the Digital Collections:


Home Economics BulletinsEarly Extension Publication about Apparel
With the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 ISU became responsible for cooperative extension activities across the state including Extension publications that extend useful, practical problem-solving information to the people of Iowa. The following titles on apparel were published: "Clothing for Little Folks," "Planning the Costume," and "Trimmings and Accessories."



International Textile and Apparel AssociationInternational Textile and Apparel Association
ITAA Proceedings (1999-2002, 2005-), from annual conferences of the professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. ITAA finding aid. ITAA website.