Research Resources

Academic Works (Free Downloads/Accessible)

18th c.


Sewing Manuals, Etc.


Fashion Plates

All Eras

U. of Washington Fashion Plate Collection, 1806-1915
The Met Costume Institute Fashion and Dress Plates, 18th c.-1949

1790s

The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 1 by Nikolaus von Heideloff (1794, English)
The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 2 by von Heideloff (1795, English)
The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 3 by von Heideloff (1796, English)
The Gallery of Fashion Vol. 1-8 by von Heideloff (1794-1802, English, The Met)
Descriptions to the Plates of The Gallery of Fashion by von Heideloff (1794-1800, English)

Regency

Journal des Dames et des Modes (1798-1839, full scans of the magazine, some issues missing)
Journal des Dames et des Modes (1797-1804, plates only with “exhibits” analyzing different aspects of the plates)
The Fashions of London & Paris During the Years 1804, 1805 & 1806

19th c.

Fashioning Philadelphia (American fashion plates!)
Fashion Plates URI HTCC (1799-1890)
La Mode Artistique by Gustave Janet, later 19th c.

Free Patterns

La Mode Illustree PDF Digital Scans, 1860-1920

Single Digitized Historical Documents

Barbara Johnson’s Dress Fabric Album (1746-1823) V&A

Groups, Archives, Virtual Museums and Databases

Fiber/Fabric/Finish Identification