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Special Collections: Fashion

New Fashion Collection Database!

The Fashion Collection is an assortment of clothes, accessories, fabrics and haberdashery items which date from Victorian times to the current day. This is held in the Sheppard Library which is accessible to Middlesex University staff and students.

The collection is housed in the Materials Room (Sheppard Library:Basement) which is usually open 11am to 4pm Monday to Friday (term-time).

Detail of Dress

Detail from Afghani dress held in the Fashion Collection

 

The Fashion Collection

 

This collection of about 2,000 items was put together by a previous head of Fashion, Julian Robinson over 25 years ago. The various garments and accessories were acquired by purchase and donation and include dresses, coats, capes, shoes, hats and haberdashery from Victorian, Edwardian periods through to the 1970s. The Collection is kept in the Materials Room. 

Objects from the collection can be studied or photographed in the Materials Room or may be borrowed for use in the studios if signed out and supervised by a member of staff.

The Materials Room is open from 11am to 4pm Monday to Friday, when specialist help is often available.  Contact Marion (m.syratt-barnes@mdx.ac.uk) for more information.

Fashion Collection Index

This is an index to the Fashion Collection.  Items are stored in boxes, which have numbers, or on labelled hanging rails.

1900s: 25, hanging rail
1920s: 38, 39, hanging rail
1930s: 39, hanging rail
1940s: hanging rail
1950s: hanging rail
1960s: 84, hanging rail
1970s: 84, hanging rail
Artificial flowers: 80
Babies clothes: 83
Bags: 3A, 3B
Beaded dresses, 38
Beads: 71, 82
Beadwork: 82
Blouses: hanging rail
Boa: 13
Bobbins, lace: 70
Boots: 2B
Braids: 73,74, 75
Buckles: 57
Buttons: 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65
Capes, 10, hanging rail
Children’s clothes: 83
Chinese work boots: 2B
Coats: hanging rail
Collars, lace: 58
Edwardian costumes: 21, 22, 23,24, hanging rail
Embroidery samples: 76
Evening dresses: 38
Fabric samples: 77, 78
Fans: 13
Fancy dress costume: 14, hanging rail
Fasteners: 57
Feathers: 81
Flowers, artificial: 80
Gloves: 13
Haberdashery: 79
Handbags: 3A, 3B
Hats: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Hooks & eyes: 72
Kimonos: 14
Lace, 58, 59
Lace bobbins: 70
Lace maker’s machine: 67
Motifs, decorative: 76
Nightclothes: 18
Press studs: 72
Ribbons: 74
Samples, fabric: 77, 78
Scarves: 12
Shawls: 12
Shoes: 1,2,2B,3
Stockings: 16
Swimwear: 39
Theatre costume: 14, hanging rail
Threads: 72
Toggles: 62
Tops: hanging rail
Umbrellas: 13
Underwear: 16, 17
Uniforms: hanging rail
Victorian costumes: 21, 22, 23,24, hanging rail
Wood cuts: 66
World costume: hanging rail