Fashion & Beauty

fashion and
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Internet resources for
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
The best of the Web
Welcome to this guide to the best
of the Web for Fashion and Beauty.
In these pages you will find a selection
of some of the most useful websites for
students, lecturers and researchers
working in Fashion and Beauty.
The selection is by no means exhaustive,
but it should give you a flavour of the
range of resources available on the
Internet for education and research.
Supporting your Internet
For those interested in exploring the wider
Web, we offer free Internet search and
training services for further and higher
education via Intute – details of these can
be found at the end of the guide.
Front cover images from left to right:
Kisa Spring Summer Collection 07,
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Green eyes. © Kateryna Govorushchenko, available from:
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Your guide for this booklet is:
Costume and Fashion
Accessories 1
Costume and clothing 1
Fashion design and designers 2
Fashion shows and fashion weeks 3
Fashion history 4
Fashion industry 5
Fashion magazines 5
Fashion photography 6
Footwear 7
Textiles for fashion 8
Trends and forecasting 8
Health and Beauty
Beauty and holistic therapy 9
Beauty news and trends 9
Body Modification 10
Cosmetic and beauty products 10
Cosmetic science 11
Hair and make-up 12
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Internet resources for fashion and beauty 1
British Glove Association (BGA)
The national trade association for the glove industry in the UK. The website provides
historical and practical information, a guide to measuring gloves and a bibliography of
British Hat Guild
The aim of the British Hat Guild is to “promote and
enhance the reputation and status of the British hat
industry”. Their website includes an educational
database, plus news and careers information.
Run by Hat Magazine, this website contains information
on everything from millinery to hats. Includes the Hat Bible, a glossary, the Global Hat
Directory, a fashion news feed and a forum.
Wrist Fashion
A weblog described as being for the “wristwatch afficionado”. It is aimed at the
wristwatch industry, but also publishes the latest news, trends and products from the
wristwatch industry.
Costume and clothing
Costume Designers Guild (CDG)
The CDG’s website provides information on the Guild’s history, constitution, and
membership details. Other features include a members’ list, a gallery and details of
the CDG awards.
Company Clothing
Company Clothing Magazine provides articles for the corporate clothing industry,
including news, jobs listings and a directory of companies that offer corporate clothing
and workwear within the UK.
Costume Page: Costuming Resources Online
This resource list contains over 2,000 links to costume-related resources. Subjects
include the Study of Costume, Making & Wearing Costumes, Suppliers, and
Costume and Fashion
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
Directore provides information on accessories, clothing, fabrics, company profiles,
contracts, trends and services relating to the textile industry.
Fashion Educational Index
An online database of websites relevant to the teaching and learning of fashion and
textiles. Covers design, garment construction, millinery, fashion history and materials.
Professional Association of Custom Clothiers (PACC)
A North American non-profit making organisation, founded to promote the custom
sewing industry. The website contains a list of members, educational material, and
Fashion design and designers
Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE)
Based at the London College of Fashion, the CFE aims to enable London-based
fashion start-ups to become viable, sustainable businesses by providing them with
vital access to management expertise, capital, knowledge and resources.
Contemporary Fashion Archive (CFA)
An international project that addresses contemporary fashion design. Features
collections and projects of various international fashion and accessory designers,
whose work is characterised by an experimental and innovative approach to fashion.
Fashion Encyclopedia
This is a fashion encyclopedia which can be searched or
browsed alphabetically, covering fashion designers, fashion
companies and labels.
Fashion Fringe is an annual competition, aiming to find the
fashion designers of the future. The website includes
information about the event, along with key dates and
application forms.
firstVIEW offers thousands of pictures of the latest fashion collections from Milan, Paris, London and New York.
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
Fashion shows and fashion weeks
Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana
The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (The National Chamber for Italian Fashion)
organises the Milan fashion weeks, featured on this website under ‘Events’.
Graduate Fashion Week
Graduate Fashion Week shows recent graduates’ work from the UK’s fashion and
textile colleges, culminating in the Gala Fashion Show and Awards on the last
Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo
A particular strength of Japan Fashion Week is in accessories and lifestyle goods,
reflecting Japan’s prominence in these areas. The website includes a schedule and
photographs of events and collections.
Lakmé India Fashion Week
Promoting the emerging presence of Indian fashion on the world scene, the Lakmé
India Fashion Week website lists designers and features images of catwalk shows.
London Fashion Week
This website gives information on the London Fashion Week,
from the designers’ exhibition to catwalk shows, and includes
detailed press coverage of the event.
Mercedez Benz Fashion week: Los Angeles
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week showcases the fashion
industry in Los Angeles. Includes reports on the ‘scene’ (as
much a part of fashion weeks as the clothes themselves).
Mode á Paris
The website of the Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear Paris
fashion shows provides forthcoming show dates and documents
previous seasons’ designers and collections.
Olympus Fashion Week: New York
The website of the New York’s fashion week provides a
schedule for this show, press information and runway reports. 3
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
Fashion history
A & L Tirocchi Dressmakers Project: the RISD Museum
514 Broadway was a time capsule of early twentieth fashion dressmaking and this
resource tells the story of the Tirocchi dressmaking business with a database of
archive material.
AHDS Visual Arts
AHDS Visual Arts maintains a large
online archive of digital resources,
including images of textiles, historic
clothing, lace, tapestry and
weaving, and has a variety of
learning materials based on these.
AHRB Pockets of History
Project research-projects/The-AHRB-Pockets-of-
This project researched women’s tie-on pockets. The study explores what they meant
to the women who wore them, and how they reflect the way women in the past saw
European Textile Routes
This is an exploration of the history of European textiles, categorised into themes of:
recurrent events; textile heritage; textile production; education and research.
Fabrics Forming Society
This is an image-led introduction to fashion and textile design, and its social history in
Britain in the mid-Twentieth century, based on the Design Council Archive.
Greek Costume Through the Centuries
This website provides a history of Greek costume from the Minoan civilisation
(4th millennium BC), through the ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods to the
19th century.
Scottish Textiles Heritage Online
The Scottish Textiles Heritage Online makes textile collections from Scottish museums
available through a database and image gallery.
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
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Sixties Fashion
This Victoria and Albert Museum resource examines British
fashion from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Includes
interviews with influential figures and a film examining the
London fashion scene in 1967.
V&A: Collections: Fashion, Jewellery & Accessories
The Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection covers dress and
accessories from the 17th century to the present, emphasising
influential designs from Europe’s major fashion centres.
Fashion industry
Fashion Capital
A website for London’s fashion design community, offering trend, catwalk and industry
news, business information and advice, education and training opportunities, and an
events diary.
Fashion Model Directory
Fashion Model Directory is a database of professional models, model agencies,
designers and other occupations connected to the international fashion industry.
Fashion Wire Daily (FWD)
Fashion Wire Daily is an online magazine, updated daily, with abridged articles and
photographs of the latest news and happenings in the fashion and beauty industry.
Manchester Fashion Network
Established to support designers and other fashion and textiles professionals within
Manchester, this resource provides a directory that covers retail, recruitment, grants,
funding, photographers, designers and more.
Fashion magazines
Dazed & Confused
Dazed & Confused is an independent magazine published in the UK, covering
fashion, music, film, art and ideas. The website includes highlights from the latest
issue, and an archive of back issues.
Bauhaus’ printed linen and
cotton fabric designed by Susan
Collier for Liberty & Co. (1972)
© Design Council Slide
Collection at Manchester
Metropolitan University
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
Representing “fashion, beauty and style – with a brain”, Elle’s online incarnation has
selected articles from the current print issue, a discussion forum and archived
features on fashion, catwalk trends, beauty and style.
Harper’s Bazaar
American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar’s website contains preview articles of
the latest print issue, as well as details on previous issues going back to August 2002.
Label France Magazine, Culture, Fashion
Includes features on French designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Jean-Paul
Gaultier, and behind-the-scenes looks at France’s fashion industry.
Contains information about fashion and beauty, from daily fashion and style news to
catwalk reports and photographs, a Who’s Who of fashion designers and models, and
a celebrity gallery.
Fashion photography
Helmut Newton: Death of a Voyeur
Helmut Newton’s erotically-charged images blur fashion photography and fine art.
This useful introduction by Lawrence Russell is illustrated with key images from
Newton’s career.
Herb Ritts
The website of the Herb Ritts Foundation includes a gallery of Ritt’s most famous
images, a biography, an interview with Ritts and a list of exhibitions and publications.
Mario Testino
This is the official website of fashion photographer
Mario Testino, known for his iconic portraits of Diana,
Princess of Wales and Madonna.
This showcases leading fashion photographer Rankin
through key projects such as ‘One Dress’. There is
little text, but the large number of photographs gives a
real sense of Rankin’s work.
Internet resources for fashion and beauty 7
SHOWstudio invites leading creators from the fields of design, film, new media and
fashion to collaborate on new work and transmit live events online, much of it
archived here.
Wolfgang Tillmans
Fashion-influenced photography that finds an edgy, unorthodox beauty in the world.
The exhibition ‘if one thing matters everything matters’ at Tate Britain included images
derived from his commercial fashion photoshoots.
Yevonde Portrait Archive
A biography of 1930’s society photographer Madame Yevonde, from her experiments
with the pioneering Vivex colour process to her famous ‘Goddess’ series (in which
society beauties of the day were photographed as classical deities).
BATA Shoe Museum
This Canadian website contains information on the museum’s five main collections –
North American Indian, Ethnological, Circumpolar, History of Western Fashion, and
Walk of Fame.
British Footwear Association
The representative body of UK suppliers of footwear. Their
website provides information on business news, consumer
information, statistics, FAQs and a list of footwear suppliers.
Footwear News
An American weekly magazine for the footwear industry,
providing information on news and events. Past issues,
dating back to 1994, can be accessed on payment of a fee.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery:
National Footwear Collection
This website provides information about the gallery’s
collections, including a history of shoes, the ‘Followers of
Fashion’ permanent shoe gallery and the ‘Life and Sole
Platform clog, mule (c.1975).
© London College of Fashion
Textiles for fashion
Chinese Textiles from the Collections of the Field Museum, Chicago
This website features Chinese Textiles dating back to the 18th century with image
galleries, maps and references.
Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance
This is the online companion to the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum
exhibition, which showed how technical textiles are transforming fashion, medicine
and aerospace.
Smart Textiles for Intelligent Consumer Products
The Smart Textiles Network explores the future of textiles: ‘intelligent clothing’ where
textile design and information technology converge.
Textile Conservation Centre Research Projects
Research projects range from the examination of Reformation liturgical textiles to
cutting-edge technology in smart and techno-textiles.
Thirteen Weavers
Based on the Crafts Study Centre’s collection, this resource provides a guide to
prominent contemporary weavers, with biographies and an annotated database of
images of their work.
Whitworth Art Gallery, The
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester makes available online its outstanding
collection of textiles and decorated materials.
Trends and forecasting
Drapers: the Fashion Business Weekly
The British weekly magazine that covers the fashion
market and provides the latest news, trend advice,
consumer insight, catwalk and exhibition coverage and
business information from the fashion industry.
Fashion Trendsetter
An online fashion forecasting, trend reporting and
news e-zine, containing fashion, colour and style
information from the trade fairs and fashion shows.
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
Internet resources for fashion and beauty 9
This provides information on current styles and trends. Images and information are
available to view and there is also a topical trend report.
A service that enables access to the Worth Global Style Network (WGSN) website.
Contains downloadable images which may be used for teaching and learning
purposes, as well as industry news and analysis, fashion retailing information and
designer profiles. Institutional registration required.
Health and Beauty
Beauty and holistic therapy
Association of Reflexologists (AoR)
The AoR provides information on reflexology worldwide.
Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
This guide to the Alexander Technique explains what it is, who can
benefit, how to find a teacher and what happens during a lesson.
International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)
This website includes information about research and education
programmes, workshops, the IFA magazine and a selection of
articles about aromatherapy issues.
Virtual Beauty Care
Virtual Beauty Care is an Australian site that covers many aspects of beauty care and
provides information for the consumer and professional alike.
Beauty news and trends
BeautyServe has a directory of trade suppliers and training schools, a newsdesk, and
a library of articles to which users are invited to contribute.
A website for the American hair and beauty industries. The site provides extensive
information on current trends and collections in hairstyling, nails, skin, make-up, and
spa treatments.
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
Facial Aesthetic Conference and Exhibition (FACE)
This website provides details of past and upcoming conferences for cosmetic and
aesthetic industry practitioners.
An African fashion magazine that contains sections on beauty, hair and lifestyle, as
well as articles about fashion. There is also a news section and images of the latest
trends can be viewed.
Body modification
Art of Mehndi
This site is dedicated to all aspects of the temporary Indian body art, known as
mehndi, starting with a tutorial explaining techniques and outcomes.
Association of Professional Piercers
This US-based professional body, representing body piercing and piercers, provides
information about piercing, including health risks, oral piercing, choosing a piercer,
and aftercare.
Body Art
Body Art explores the different ways, both temporary and
permanent, in which people modify, change, decorate and
adorn their bodies.
Body Art: Marks of Identity
This exhibition’s website examines the history, practice
and cultural significance of body art, piercing and tattoos
from around the world dating from 3000 BC to the present.
Urban Primitive
A Toronto-based body modification studio, Urban Primitive’s website provides a tattoo
image database, aftercare advice and help researching tattoo designs.
Cosmetic and beauty products
BASF is a leading chemical company, with a portfolio ranging from chemicals to
nutrition. The website includes data sheets for their products including cosmetic
Internet resources for fashion and beauty 11
The Clinique website contains information on their products, expert tips on skin care
and make-up and a skin report facility through which the user can discover their
skin type.
Happi is a monthly magazine aimed at people involved in personal care, household,
industrial and institutional work. Products covered include soaps, detergents,
cosmetics and toiletries.
International Speciality Products
International Speciality Products supply chemicals to the skin and hair care industry.
Their website has data sheets for their products.
Cosmetic science
Botanical Dermatology Database
The Botanical Dermatology Database provides information on plants and plant
products and their dermatological indications, reactions and effects.
British Skin Foundation
The British Skin Foundation is a charity set up, in association
with the British Association of Dermatologists, to promote
awareness of, and support research into skin disease.
Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA)
The UK trade association for the cosmetic and personal care
industry. The website includes links to The Cosmetic Products
(Safety) Regulations 1996 and subsequent amendments and
information about ingredient labelling.
An online news, events and information resource for the cosmetics industry.
European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (COLIPA)
COLIPA promotes the interests of the cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery industry
throughout Europe.
International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC)
IFSCC is a worldwide federation dedicated to co-operation in cosmetic science.
Internet resources for fashion and beauty
International Fragrance Association (IFRA)
The IFRA promotes the advancement and development of the fragrance industry
Hair and make-up
Face Art
A make-up techniques website, with sections entitled eyeart, lipart, hairart and skinfo.
Includes articles and a gallery of photographs.
HABIA: the National Training Organisation for Hairdressing in the UK
An independent training organisation for the UK hairdressing and
beauty therapy industries that offers a range of services to students,
salons, educators and those seeking employment.
Hairdressing Training
An interactive online training resource, designed specifically for the UK
education community.
Institute of Trichologists
This website contains information on consulting a trichologist, common
trichological conditions (such as alopecia and psoriasis), clinics,
courses, careers and news.
Internet for Hairdressing and Beauty
This Intute: Virtual Training Suite (VTS) tutorial focuses on hairdressing
and beauty studies written by experts working within those fields.
Look Good… Feel Better
This is aimed at women in cancer treatment. It includes step-by-step guides to skin
care and make-up, as well as hair care tips, including wig choice and styling.
UK Hairdressers
This is an extensive range of resources for the UK hair industry, including hair care tips,
illustrated guides to hair styling, links to hair product sites and a gallery of hairstyles.
Wella UK
The UK website of the Wella Group contains information on products, trends and
the company itself, including a link to the Wella Museum, which covers the history of
hair care.
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March 2007


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