Internet resources for

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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.

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Costume and Fashion
Accessories Costume and clothing Fashion design and designers Fashion history Fashion industry Fashion magazines Fashion photography Footwear Textiles for fashion Trends and forecasting 1 1 2 4 5 5 6 7 8 8

Fashion shows and fashion weeks 3

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Health and Beauty
Beauty and holistic therapy Beauty news and trends Body Modification Cosmetic and beauty products Cosmetic science Hair and make-up 9 9 10 10 11 12

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Internet resources for fashion and beauty

Costume and Fashion

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 publications.

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 Accessories.


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 FAQs.

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 evening.

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.


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-ofHistory-Project.asp
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 themselves.

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

Sixties Fashion 1960s/sixtiesfashion/
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.
Bauhaus' printed linen and cotton fabric designed by Susan Collier for Liberty & Co. (1972) © Design Council Slide Collection at Manchester Metropolitan University

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.


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

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 Gallery’.

Platform clog, mule (c.1975). © London College of Fashion


Internet resources for fashion and beauty

Textiles for fashion
Chinese Textiles from the Collections of the Field Museum, Chicago anthro_sites/NEA/index.html
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
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 ingredients.


Internet resources for fashion and beauty

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 worldwide.

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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