How and Where To Study Fashion History From Home? Online and (Mostly) Free Sources For Beginners 

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here are all the links and sources!
⚬ History of Feminine Fashion (1920s)
⚬ History of Hats:
⚬ Dame Fashion: examples:
Public libraries examples:
⚬ NY Public Library:
⚬ Wellesley’s guide to fashion plates sources:
⚬ Met Museum
⚬ University of Washington
⚬ FIT’s guide to online costume collections:
⚬ FIT’s collection:
⚬ V&A Museum:
⚬ Met Museum:
⚬ National Museums Scotland
⚬ Kyoto Costume Institute:
I also suggest having a look at auction houses and browse their past auctions!
⚬ Foundations Revealed
⚬ The Historical Sew Fortnightly (used to be a sewing challenge, now it’s mostly support sewing group) groups/HistoricalSewFortnightly/
⚬ Elizabethan Costume groups/29374273995/
⚬ Association of Dress Historians Journal
⚬ A Stitch in Time
⚬ Lucy Worsley documentaries
⚬ Helen Castor documentaries
⚬The Dreamstress
⚬ Modern Mantua Maker
⚬ Before the Automobile
⚬ American Duchess
⚬ Madame Isis’ Toilette
⚬ Beauty for Ashes
⚬ Couture Courtesan
⚬ Dressed in Time
(Lots of these blogs have reading lists with more delicious blogs to follow!)
⚬ Dressed
⚬ American Duchess
⚬ Historical Sewing
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Sissy 4 dias atrás
I liked the video but stopped so many times talking about the neighbor .. about the tractor .. which essentially for me did not make any difference anyway I liked and thank you.
Tyman Ung
Tyman Ung 6 dias atrás
We can also look for history books magazines websites that describe people ( by nationality, ethnicity , class, religion, religious faction, gender , occupation, etc) in certainty time ( by centuries or. longer) & places (by city, province, country , group of counttries
Tyman Ung
Tyman Ung 8 dias atrás
Part of previous. Semi-Western fashions. are also in unexpected places like Philippines, Seychelles, etc. One example that might be of more personal interest is the Madras pattern dresses from 1700s? + amazing head wraps that women in Gouadeloupe Martinique, Dominica, St. Lucia wear when they sing, play or dance various styles including--Mazourka!!! ( in French or local French Creole.) Au revoir Do. widzenia(?)
Marta Dal Bianco
Marta Dal Bianco 9 dias atrás
I appreciate your patience to tell all the references and the sources you got throughout the years. I found this video so accurate and I'm glad to have watched it because I feel like I've learned a lot. Thank you Karolina!
Edward Espitia
Edward Espitia 12 dias atrás
Watching this in January 2021 and you said “maybe we’re all out already”...and we’re not 😔😔😔
Lara Bacani
Lara Bacani 13 dias atrás
Surprised this video doesnt have more views
Lavender Mês atrás
"but maybe you can be outside but you're just sitting in your home bored" that's me right now, I'm gonna end up one day dressing as victorian lady or 40s style 😂 (also that "Taaak?" To your mom, mood when my mom is asking me something)
Clara Av. de Frutos
I cant describe how thankfull I am for this video, is gonna help me so much to get accurate and varieted outfits for my historical comic project!
Ben Qotsa2017
Ben Qotsa2017 Mês atrás
you are classicaly pretty
Passinby Hi
Passinby Hi Mês atrás
Thank you so much for this video! 🌸 I’ve wanted to learn more about fashion history, but felt I would just watch BRdesk videos. 😅Your recommendations are great! 😊 so excited. :))))))
Rachel Trammell
Rachel Trammell 2 meses atrás
It's so wonderful to see u in this crazy year! I hope you and your family are doing well. Be safe. Bless u and ur family 🙏🤗😃👋🙃
Kamri Baby
Kamri Baby 2 meses atrás
I love your hair long like this so much! It's so beautiful ❤️😍
R H 2 meses atrás
Thank you ☺️
Emily Morales
Emily Morales 2 meses atrás
I've read fashion catalogs from difference eras I read one from the 1920's and was surprised that the "flapper dress" was very different than what Imagined so I recommend catalogs
Sophie Curran
Sophie Curran 2 meses atrás
I have quarantine because I put this video in my watch later the day it came out and now it says "6 months ago" and I still haven't watched it
Haley Martin
Haley Martin 2 meses atrás
I have to say, I was watching a video by "absolute history" about corsets before and after I did a bir of research and they had alot of false info and lots of fails to mention important points thet should have been mentioned
Sophia H.
Sophia H. 3 meses atrás
Thank you so much !
artemisia white
artemisia white 3 meses atrás
Actually I understand the fact that you may find some messages annoying (I didn't text you), but I admit that this video is extremely worth, and it's not just something you can know you immediately. I explain myself: I myself started my research about historical fashion just a few months ago, and I confirm, there is plenty of stuff online, just googling. BUT a person that has been studying for a lot of time obviously knows in a specific way also how to find things, and specific details about research that don't often come in newbies mind. So I approve this kind of videos.
Tamar Mebonia
Tamar Mebonia 3 meses atrás
Never trust Pinterest on providing reliable information! If you need references for stuff you can already recognize for what they are, go for it. Otherwise just ignore what the descriptions say. I've seen too many old, historical photos with "descriptions" clearly pulled out of someone's ass.
Madeline Vance
Madeline Vance 3 meses atrás
I got excited because I thought we were going to meet Meme Grandma. Thoroughly disappointed.
Erika and Bruno
Erika and Bruno 4 meses atrás
Scolds person outside "WE're supposed to stay home!" haha
The Noobest Girl
The Noobest Girl 4 meses atrás
As someone who likes my peace and quiet and has really enjoyed not having commute commotion under my house during quarantine I can fully relate to your "You're supposed to be at home, why the hell are you driving up and down my street???" anger.
Tai 4 meses atrás
BRdeskrs should learn by now that when they film outside, the entire neighborhood will drive by
The Turniptress
The Turniptress 4 meses atrás
I was trying to find some books on the history of footwear in India (to narrow it down to one thing) and OH MY GOD there is nothing ,nothing. All the books I can find are about western fashion . ALL the articles and videos on Indian fashion are about BOllywood fashion like why why Why . And people get triggered if someone takes an interest in western fashion because "why don't you embrace your own culture oh why are you obsessed with the west" I'll tell you why because there are ZERO resources on Indian fashion except sarees and Bollywood fashion. Sorry for my rant
Amelia Abney
Amelia Abney 4 meses atrás
Oh my gosh, this is exactly what I needed for my book!
hez 4 meses atrás
THANK YOU FOR THIS! I really appreciate this!
Tesnuzzik 4 meses atrás
This helps me so much finding info/reference for my comic, thank you!
The Bear
The Bear 5 meses atrás
Who else is here after she lopped off her hair
Semper Mutabilibus
Semper Mutabilibus 5 meses atrás
Why is she so pissed off at us?
Pickle City
Pickle City 5 meses atrás
guess what its august and were still stuck in quarantine and I'm getting around to doing research on 1910's clothing
Abigail Banghart
Abigail Banghart 5 meses atrás
Is no one gonna talk about the weird kind of breathy sound at 11:44
Pine Tree
Pine Tree 5 meses atrás
I lost it at “there goes my mom”
Hilary Halas Graham
Hilary Halas Graham 6 meses atrás
You should teach a fashion history course on Skillshare
Grace Kumble
Grace Kumble 6 meses atrás
thank you, this was super helpful!
A. Lu
A. Lu 6 meses atrás
Yeah, there's so much information online, but that also means there's so much wrong information online to navigate through.
good bye
good bye 6 meses atrás
I want to make an original character, who wears french womans fashion from the mid 1950s, as she's french. Though also wears stuff inspired by other eras, but makes it look more modern, with just incorporating the most important parts. She just thinks the dresses from back then were a little too inconvenient for every day wear. But I don't have specific times for that yet. Took me long enough to even find anything. Due to her job and role in the world, she can't by originals.
Anna Pijańska
Anna Pijańska 6 meses atrás
Strona Czas Emancypantek❤️😍❤️❤️❤️
Sophie Vincent
Sophie Vincent 6 meses atrás
Thank you so much for this! X
Alexandre Laurent
Alexandre Laurent 6 meses atrás
Yep. I am watching this when we're all out already and I'm just sitting at home bored. Thank you
dracofirex 6 meses atrás
My mom found tons of family photos from 1915 to present, that was plenty of fashion history! If you are interested in Danish fashion (and equally inspired American fashion) through the 10s-90s, I've gotcha covered. Let me know if you want them!
Ana K Ω
Ana K Ω 6 meses atrás
Omg, yes please I'd love to see fashion from other countries! Also, if you're interested in books I have many, so if you need one about a specific topic just let me know You can send me an email: [Don't ask about my email lol]
Tamara Santee
Tamara Santee 7 meses atrás
"Bow" (ribbon 🎀) is pronounced like "Oh", not "Ow".
Beth&793 7 meses atrás
Yes, ask re-enactors! I used to do lots with a mediaeval group (SCA) and the knowledge some people have of historical costuming is INCREDIBLE: both what's historically accurate and how to make it; and they're more than happy to teach others :) I've learnt SO much.
anna 7 meses atrás
If you're in the UK, check out the events that history wardrobe run!!! So so good! Lucy adlington has also written so many books, they're great!
gal strauss
gal strauss 7 meses atrás
the Ultimate Fashion History on youtube! youre welcome!
pixiee zakura
pixiee zakura 8 meses atrás
I love to see a polish BRdeskr becoming so huge! 😊♥️
Sarah Hegazi
Sarah Hegazi 8 meses atrás
Also! If you're a school or university student or public library member, you might get access to tons of resources! I'm a natural science student and use my univeristy database to read about fashion history all the time.
Ninas Felicillow
Ninas Felicillow 8 meses atrás
DO NOT PURCHASE THINGS FROM AMAZON DO NOT SUPPORT AMAZON instead, once you’ve found the book you want, google it and you will ALWAYS be able to find it somewhere else. :)
Vivian Göde
Vivian Göde 8 meses atrás
Thank you, meme mum, for helping us with our homework today❤️
Johanna JF
Johanna JF 8 meses atrás
when you said you went home to the countryside due to the virus all I could think about is Newton doing the same during the plague
Liv Turner
Liv Turner 8 meses atrás
Love promotion of Google book previews, I accredit my degree to Google book previews for referencing whilst other people were scrabbling to borrow library books and buying books which were always so expensive like academic books always are 😥
Zoë Rassier
Zoë Rassier 8 meses atrás
*watches fashion through the decades video* 😎😎
Micheline Hilpert
Micheline Hilpert 8 meses atrás
Such is the joy of being a history teacher. "I can't find any primary sources." So then I ask, what's your topic? And my soul falls onto the floor when they tell me, 20th century technology. People don't want to take the effort to look before they ask to be spoon fed. Although, some people do. And I think it has always been that way. People have always been people after all. We just get to encounter more of them thanks to the internet.
Micheline Hilpert
Micheline Hilpert 8 meses atrás
I pulled my back out the first week of quarantine. I was trying to deep clean everything, since i had the time. I was stuck in bed for four days. I found the first CosTuber. She had another as a guest, that led to several more. Now I think I follow a dozen of you on here. This has been the most interesting rabbit hole I have ever fallen into. I would never have even found this genera of videos had I not gotten injured during quarantine.
butterflyy 8 meses atrás
you know there's this lady on my road that's a costumer but I didn't know what that was so I just (respectfully) assumed she was a mentally ill woman who wore 1920s clothing and walked up and down the road taking selfies in people's hedges
Lucia Gil
Lucia Gil 8 meses atrás
Where did you study fashion history?
Sirenely 8 meses atrás
Karolina: Floor Gang confirmed.
rebekah lundin
rebekah lundin 8 meses atrás
wish I'd had this video last semester for my fashion history class :'( super helpful, stoked about the podcasts!!!
Anina Stettler
Anina Stettler 8 meses atrás
Thank yoooou😍 I was looking for this
Ayu Chandra
Ayu Chandra 8 meses atrás
OMG Thankyouuuu... please talk about the feminist movement and transformation of fashion. I find that topic is so interesting 😍
Danae Goliath
Danae Goliath 8 meses atrás
Outside: Birds singing, kids playing, neighbors waving hello... Meme Mom: This is awful I’m never doing this again.
L. M
L. M 8 meses atrás
She should become a model her face is so interesting and beautiful
Danylo Fedorov
Danylo Fedorov 8 meses atrás
I'm a software developer and I find this video amazing in how it shows historians dealing with ambiguity. Software developers face a lot of ambiguity daily, but I can only imagine how hard it is to find out what something as diverse and ambiguous in nature as fashion was like 100 years ago. The way Karolina talked about dealing with different kinds of sources amazed me. This kind of knowledge comes from a great passion and countless hours of hard work. Huge respect.
charles richard McNeel
charles richard McNeel 9 meses atrás
What does “Wellwits” mean?
Spirits of Fashion
Spirits of Fashion 9 meses atrás
Great info here! Dress, the Journal of the Costume Society of America, is a good one, but you do have to be a member of that organization.
Shrike Creates
Shrike Creates 9 meses atrás
I already did my homework but I came here to do more because you’re amazing
Gabriela Campolina
Gabriela Campolina 9 meses atrás
I think more general books about art and fashion are a good starting point if you have no idea what you like, so you can kind of get a very broad approach to them and figure out what you like the best and want to research. And then you buy/research more specific books
Tanisha Kohli
Tanisha Kohli 9 meses atrás
Dame fashion is LIFE. That book is beautifully snarky
Gabriel Gray
Gabriel Gray 9 meses atrás
Love this... Just been getting into fashion history by watching your vids
Palomino ___
Palomino ___ 9 meses atrás
Soo much sasssssss
Palomino ___
Palomino ___ 9 meses atrás
I get it... This is me at work ..
Teixeira Da Silva
Teixeira Da Silva 9 meses atrás
Lisa Sansone
Lisa Sansone 9 meses atrás
A good fashion historian and historical milliner to follow is Anna Worden Bauersmith. Her WordPress blog is called If I Had My Own Blue Box. My 19th century friends will find her very helpful.
Nick de windt
Nick de windt 9 meses atrás
Why not just look up library records of local newspapers/magazines from the time? Go through the ads and those will show you exactly what you would wear at the time. Edit: nevermind, you kind of said it in the video
Firhan H
Firhan H 9 meses atrás
Hei mom, why don't you play rdr2 just wondering around and tell us about their fashion
Ornitoferox 9 meses atrás
Karolina, I would like to know your opinion about the Steampunks: this movement plays with some powerful elemets, and I it has something that attracts me a lot, but I also believe it could use some historic guidance: a better understanding of the Industrial Revolution and the general culture back in those days. And, you are a true rockstar for the victorian fashion wave!! Thumbs uuuuup!!!!
Misty Archer
Misty Archer 9 meses atrás
*judging intensifies* 😂😂😂
dead inside
dead inside 9 meses atrás
I have to say it: thank you so much for this video! I really want to just know more about fashion and its history but I didn't know where to start looking for information. This video is really helpful and I appreciate your effort to help your viewers with the research, you're amazing!
SewardWriter 9 meses atrás
Some countries have lots of books available in online libraries right now. The US has a huge emergency library, for example, through Worth checking for!
Sloane Ralston
Sloane Ralston 9 meses atrás
Don't forget archives!
Ike Pingree
Ike Pingree 9 meses atrás
The other day I went through an old family trunk that they to to Paris. Inside the trunk were tens of original 1920s flapper dresses!
Ike Pingree
Ike Pingree 9 meses atrás
They lived In France for a year or two
Ufuk Demirkol
Ufuk Demirkol 9 meses atrás I'd love to see Karolina react to this 👀
Fai Re
Fai Re 9 meses atrás
Hello, I think it would be interesting if you did commentary video about the show “the outlander” the covered multiple periods and I think they nailed the French fashion on 1745 , they covered the (1745 to 1779, mid 1940s, late 1960s)
Mel ted
Mel ted 9 meses atrás
You should do a video about how women delt with pregnancy in fashion over the decades.
Lars T.
Lars T. 9 meses atrás
Can you review some costumes from American Horror Story? Should be interesting, they had so many different time periods
Feetan 9 meses atrás
For historical patterns and drafting guides, see it is an absolutely amazing site which has sooo much primary information and scans from originals! The sorting is decent and there's a directory which you can browse.
coffeefrog 9 meses atrás
Thank you! I knew a few of these things, but not most!
Edgar Escamilla
Edgar Escamilla 9 meses atrás
I love it!!!!! Well said! And most definitely, I can relate on the Pinterest thing that you can spend for hours and I'm like, "Well, let me be just generic." Because you're right. Most of the time, that one image don't even have the source to go by, or more information about the painter or portraiture, etc.
abidao 9 meses atrás
Can you do a review about the historical accuracy of the costumes and hair from the AMC tv show Turn on Netfix? I've been watching it and am so curious if it's actually how it was. Thanks! Love your work!
TheRainbowSpade 9 meses atrás
Hello! Archivist here! HathiTrust has a lot of digitized volumes of Harper's Bazaar from the 1870s through the mid 20th century that can be accessed fully online! They include full fashion plates and articles-- and sometimes sewing directions! Alternatively, there are smaller institutions that have great costume collections--- the Maryland Historical society recently did a "spectrum of fashion" exhibit along with a really great catalog! Finally: "Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900" by Joan Severa is a great book that also discusses how you can't necessarily use clothing to completely date a photo, considering that (even today) people will wear clothing that's a few years old-- and how to tell if that clothing might be older than when the photo was taken.
halfmo0ns 9 meses atrás
meme mom thank you for enlightening us and also inspiring me to look into vintage fashion and being yourself. 💕❤️💘
myapologiesmissgurl 9 meses atrás
Can you breakdown the clothing in the Outlander series 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Matti Mac
Matti Mac 9 meses atrás
I watched it because you brighten my day...Plus I always learn something....🖤💜🖤
Gym Bat
Gym Bat 9 meses atrás
Meme mom you look like Anne Hathaway!
Adrienne Gonzales
Adrienne Gonzales 9 meses atrás
The salt level on this is enjoyable 💕
Gweniviere Elizabeth
Gweniviere Elizabeth 9 meses atrás
"Good day in the field."
Madeline Gutierrez
Madeline Gutierrez 9 meses atrás
Good day in the field was it?
Madeline Gutierrez
Madeline Gutierrez 9 meses atrás
1. So NICE to see "current" video outside! 2. Many people researching online Think they Are researching online by asking you. Lol (and you've done a great job here on educating about how to research.) 3. Yes. Better 1 free chapter to inspire than not at all. 4. Bernadette Banner (cough,cough) mentions going to "Google Scholar" to search from and trying it - I found great things like corset catalogue for 1921. ( Wish I could remember the name now. Sorry.) 5. Thanks for being out here in general.
Taylor Price
Taylor Price 9 meses atrás
for more detailed info about makeup and hair as far as 18th-19th ct. I like reading biographies about courtesans. They have a lot of specifics about beauty standards of the time
Bethany TestaAvila
Bethany TestaAvila 9 meses atrás
Another source: your own family. This is a good source if you’re particularly interested in more “everyday/more recent history” fashion items. I talked to my grandmother a lot about clothes (the things she wore, things she made/mended, things she purchased for my mom and aunts). I also spend a lot of time looking through old family photos from the 1930s-1970s.
Silent Crow
Silent Crow 9 meses atrás
Hey, this is completely off topic, but could you try checking out Downton Abbey? :) It's a serial and there's so much fashion and development in fashion...personally, I love that serial but since I'm just an uneducated worm, I can't tell whether the clothing is wrong or not and the story is really nice. So...maybe you can enjoy it, too? :) :D
Yuntong Yang
Yuntong Yang 9 meses atrás
Thanks a lot!!
Marie 9 meses atrás
If you want to read an academic paper which is behinde a paywall, you can try to access it via scihub. It works 99% of the times I tried and is really easy. Also, most research is funded by public money and to get published in those scientific papers, the authors have to pay and don’t get paid. So don’t feel bad to use scihub
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