11.17.2009

Inspiration Research: NYPL Picture Collection & Digital Archive

As a librarian working in a fashion collection with thousands of monographs, periodicals and the like, part of my job entails helping designers do inspiration research. I love being part of this process and watching a designer's collection grow from concept to material form.

Last week, I had a very special guest come and visit with his design team, which was amazing. I have very many regulars that come to the library that have become great friends as well. Besides fashion & costume designers, I work with a lot of photographers, stylists, writers, and other scholarly researchers. The library has become a space where people can get their creative juices filled and re-filled.

One of my favorite resources for images are New York Public Libraries' Picture Collection located in the Mid-Manhattan Library and their digital archive of over 700,000 free and open access digitized images from their collections. Here are a few images I found on 1930s fashion plates (click on the images for the direct link to the archive):


[Women and man in evening atti... Digital ID: 1600664. New York Public Library
[Costume designs by Bernard & ... Digital ID: 1599859. New York Public Library
Shimmering light green satin a... Digital ID: 1599869. New York Public Library

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