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Fashion: Researching fashion and trend forecasting

Information about Library and Internet resources for fashion students.

fashion theory

Subject Headings

Use subject headings from the Library catalogue to find information on different aspects of fashion.

You can search for companies, or try these key terms clothing industry, fashion merchandising, marketing, internet marketing, digital marketing, consumer behavior, 20th century fashion, designers

Referencing your work

Most assignments require you to list the resources you have used for researching a topic and every item used, regardless of format, must be acknowledged. 

Industry information

Discovery catalogue and database search tips

The Discovery catalogue searches for books on our shelves and articles in our databases

There are options on the left hand side of the catalogue screen to assist your searching.

Catalogue only—tick to see only books on shelf or eBooks

Full Text – tick to limit results to articles with full text available from databases

Publication date – slide to search for articles only within a specified date range.

Author – Enter an author's name to limit your search to items by a particular author.

Title – Enter an article title or words from a title to limit your search to  only items that match that title.

Some tips 

To locate resources on designers search by name: Christian Dior    Alexander McQueen    Coco Chanel

Search by key terms : fashion, textiles, Kimono, Shibori, weaving, lace, embroidery

Search by theme:  fashion AND art


Eg  Textile* AND innovation, fashion AND history, fashion AND stylists

Add keywords such as 70s OR 1970s, 18th, 19th, .or country or region such as Europe, Australia

F​ashion AND Australia       fashion AND (1970s OR 70s OR seventies)


Use quotation marks to search for a phrase. Eg. "MET GALA"

Use ? to match a single character. Eg  globali?ation will match  globalisation and  globalization

Use # to match one or no character. Eg colo#r will match color and colour

Use * to match different word endings

Eg Textile* will match textile and textiles

Trend forecasting

These websites provide freely available trend reports and information.

Fashion history

Looking at Fashion dictionaries, history books etc will give you broad ideas or keywords of fashion styles/trends for your searching

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