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Fashion: new books, DVD's, other resources
Information about Library and Internet resources for fashion students.
• One-off fashion garments, costumes and jewellery pieces are likely to be protected by
• You will generally only be able to rely on copyright protection if what you want to protect is a
work of artistic craftsmanship (such as a one-off garment or necklace) or a design for an item
you have not yet started to exploit commercially.
• If you intend to make multiple copies of items you have designed (such as a design for readyto-wear clothes), you will need to look at your options under design law, not copyright law, and
you will need to do this before you start marketing or manufacturing the items.
• If you are not the copyright owner, you will generally need permission to print an image on Tshirts.
• Making a few changes to another person’s copyright work is unlikely to mean you don’t need
permission to use it.
• You will need permission from the copyright owner if you want to use a quote that is a
substantial part of another person’s literary work.
• If copyright has expired in the material, you will not need permission to use it.
• If you find material on the internet, this does not mean you can use it without permission.
• The use of brand names or slogans may raise issues under trade mark or competition and
Arts Law provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation to artists and arts organisations across all art forms.
Australian Dress Register
The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress in New South Wales pre 1945. This includes men's, women's and children's clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday. Users can browse the collection using the timeline, or by other means including garment type, gender, place of origin.
You can access the Berg Fashion Library by joining the State Library of Victoria. Membership to the State Library is free and you can join online. Berg Fashion Library is the only online resource to provide integrated text and image content on dress across cultures and throughout history. The Berg Fashion Library includes 13,000 images, the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, free lesson plans, eBooks, reference works, an interactive timeline, a new exhibition archive, and more.