Skip to Main Content

Costume and Fashion History: A Guide to Resources: Library Catalog -- Searching for books

.... Guide by Miguel Rosales & Miriam Gianni


NYPL uses the Library of Congress Subject headings to help navigate the catalog.


Searching the Library’s online catalog can serve as the first step in order to see if the library holds books on specific fashion designers. Books are good sources for well-known designers, but may not be available for ones that are lesser known. 

There are different ways to search for books on individual designers:

  • The best way is to search under “Subject” --- LastName, FirstName

    • e.g. Dior, Christian
    • ​It is with this type of search that you can find material about the fashion designer such as biographies, exhibitions, catalogs, etc...
  • You can also search by fashion house under “Subject” --  FashionHouseName (Firm)

  • You can also do an “All Fields” search If your subject searches provide you with little or no results.

For a more detailed guide on researching fashion designers please visit our guide on How to Research an Artist.

(Examples of Popular titles are found below.)

Get Help

Need further assistance? Please visit the Art & Architecture Collection in Room 300 of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building or contact us via email at