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
You can also search by fashion house under “Subject” -- FashionHouseName (Firm)
e.g. Prada (Firm)
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.)
Need further assistance? Please visit the Art & Architecture Collection in Room 300 of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.