Meet your Librarian – Amy Straker
Amy Straker is the Subject Librarian responsible for Yr 0 and taught Postgraduate courses. She studied English Literature and American Studies at undergraduate level in York, and Library and Information Studies at postgraduate level at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
How Can I Help You?
You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!
As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@nualibrary) for times and dates.
Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.
Useful E-Book Collections for MA Fashion:
Fashion books are shelved on the first floor of the library at Dewey Decimal number 761.
With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks. They are broken down into more specific subject areas like this:
- Main Collection
- Costume and Fashion: 761
- History of Fashion 2000-2010: 761.39
- Fashion Business: 761.4
- Fashion Design: 761.5
- Fashion Designers A-Z: 761.6
- Body Decoration: 761.7
- Specific kinds of clothing: 761.8
- Fashion Photography: 758.43
- Remember that there will be useful books in other parts of the Library as well, like this:
- Textiles: 762
- Pattern: 744
Here are the reading lists set for each unit of your study, these will provide links to the resources that your tutors wish you to look at.
As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research. These can be really useful for finding information for reports and essays.
Useful Online Resources for MA Fashion:
Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases
Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases brings fashion business to life and creates a link between education and industry. Designed to help students develop the essential business skills required by the next generation of fashion industry professionals, this digital resource is global in focus and presents real-world cases on challenges facing the business of fashion, tackling important issues such as sustainability, technology, ethics, and leadership. The resource is tailored to provide the tools to steer students toward success as they transition to a career in fashion.
You can find e-books specifically bought for NUA students on VLeBooks.
Drapers has been the leading authority on fashion retailing in the UK since 6 August 1887.
We provide industry news, insightful analysis, commentary and key data, as well as a growing portfolio of face-to-face networking opportunities.
From the rise of digital to challenges around sustainability and changing consumer habits, this dynamic industry has undergone many changes over the years. What remains throughout though, is the creativity and passion of those that work within it.
At Drapers we strive to educate, inspire and connect the newcomers and leaders alike in this innovative sector. Our readers trust us to deliver high-quality, independent journalism that helps them to remain competitive in today’s challenging and fast-changing trading environment.
Fairchild Books Store
With a history stretching back over more than 100 years, Fairchild Books is a world-leading publisher in the field of fashion.
Business of Fashion
Business of Fashion is a daily resource for fashion creatives delivering fashion business intelligence on emerging designers, disruptive technologies and global brands that are making their mark on the industry at a time of unprecedented change.
As a student you can create a complimentary BoF account, please follow the below steps to activate your membership:
- Register for a BoF account first, using any email of your choosing.
- Once an account has been created, you will need to activate your student membership here by entering your academic email address.
- Once entered, you will receive a confirmation to your email, click ‘Confirm’ to activate your membership.
Short videos on how to register for and use BoF are available on the VLE
Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.
Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:
- They are up to date.
- Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
- Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.
Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.
Selected MA Fashion publications:
Vestoj is a research platform and the leading public intellectual in the field of fashion. Vestoj examines people’s relationship to their clothes and fashion’s relationship to identity. Vestoj presents fashion knowledge at the highest level, emphasising inclusive and equitable dissemination to a broad and diverse audience. Vestoj expresses complex ideas in a straight-forward manner, and shows that fashion is not only about objects, but rather a mindset and approach to identity, culture and life.
Viewpoint Colour, created by View Publications in collaboration with FranklinTill Associates, is a unique magazine devoted to colour. Catering to all colour conscious industries, the magazine provides visual inspiration, direction and a global perspective on colour from the world’s leading colour experts.
The Spin Off
The Spin Off is an international B2B fashion publication featuring concepts, brands, stores, trends and products that are sustainable and future-minded. Previously published as Sportswear International.
View Magazine is the trend forecast for the respectively four upcoming seasons concerning colours, materials, design and styling for women’s, men’s and children’s wear, including street and retail reports, reports on merchandising, as well as analysis of consumer behaviour and its influence on fabric and fashion trends. Previously know as Textiles View.
Since its inception in 1998, Tank magazine's quality and thinking has been founded on the quality of people they talk to and who they collaborate with across every page of the magazine. Published as a collectable quarterly, each issue delves into a prescient cultural theme- at-large. They take the time for deep consideration of ideas across fashion, literature, architecture, music, politics, film, art, design, society and technology.
Useful Fashion websites
- VADS online
- VADS : the online resource for visual arts
VADS comprises over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning and research in the UK. It includes the following websites:
- London College of Fashion College Archive
The London College of Fashion College Archive is a collection of historical materials which chronicle the history of the College from its origins as two early needle trade schools up until the 1970's.
- London College of Fashion Cordwainers Shoe Collection
The shoe collection, of around 650 items, was built up by Cordwainers College as a teaching aid and it consists mainly of women's shoes with some men's and a few children's, the majority being British "fashion" footwear with some orthopaedic, some prize and exhibition work, lasts and shoemaker's tools and some ethnic footwear. A number of the items are unfinished, or cut to show technical details, and others show alterations or repairs. The shoes cover the period from 1780-1990s and include examples produced by important makers.
- London College of Fashion Gala Archive
The archive consists of eight volumes of editorial publicity cuttings, dating from 1939 to 1952, along with three volumes of advertising and point of sale product photographs, assorted loose photographs and other ephemera.
- London College of Fashion Paper Patterns
The London College of Fashion's Paper Patterns collection has accumulated over the years until it numbers some 800 dating from the 1920s to the present day.
- London College of Fashion Victor Stiebel Archive
The London College of Fashion Victor Stiebel Archive includes three sketch books: Sketch Book of 1960-1961, Sketch Book of 1962 and 1963, and Victor Stiebel Ground Floor Collections 1961-1963.
- London College of Fashion Woolmark Archive
This archive has 2,000 or so black and white photographs dating from the 1940's through to the early 1980's and capturing both the fashion of the time and the style of photography. The press releases, which in some cases are still attached to the photographs, give additional information about the garments, designers/manufacturers, the photographer and any points of interest reflecting the promotional style and language of the time.
- Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection
The Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection provides unique open online access to images of 500 of the designer's iconic garments, for use in learning, teaching, and research. These designs were selected out of thousands of garments in the private archive of Zandra Rhodes, and cover her entire creative career from the late 1960s to the present day, with particular focus on her landmark collections of the 1970s and 1980s.
- Other websites
- Fashion Revolution
An organisation made up of designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers campaigning for the fashion industry to value people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.
- United Nations – 17 Goals to Transform Our world
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.
- British Fashion Council
The British Fashion Council is a not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the collective power of the industry to enable sustainable growth and strengthen British fashion in the global fashion economy.
- Costume and Textile Association Norwich
The Costume & Textile Association is an independent charity seeking to promote the unique costume and textile collection of the Norfolk Museums Service.
- Costume Society UK
The Costume Society is a lively, friendly organisation whose aim is to promote the study and preservation of historic and contemporary dress.
- Fashion & Textile Museum London
The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK dedicated to showcasing contemporary fashion and textile design.
- Not Just A Label
Not Just A Label (NJAL) is the world’s leading designer platform for showcasing and nurturing today’s pioneers in contemporary fashion.
- Somerset House
Somerset House is London’s working arts centre built on historic foundations around one of the most beautiful courtyards in Europe.
- Victoria & Albert Museum
Spanning five centuries, our Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world. Key items in the collection include rare 17th century gowns, 18th century ‘mantua’ dresses, 1930s eveningwear, 1960s daywear and post-war couture.
- The Costume Institute New York
The Costume Institute's collection of more than thirty-three thousand objects represents seven centuries of fashionable dress and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.
- Fashion Institute of Technology New York
One of New York City’s premier public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business.
- Fashion weeks
London Fashion Week takes place twice a year in February and September, showcasing over 250 designers to a global audience of influential media and retailers.
Twice a year, Berlin becomes an international stage for fashion and lifestyle. At the Berlin Fashion Week, fashion-lovers, buyers, trade visitors and media representatives meet for shows and awards.
Milan Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Milan, Italy.
- New York
New York Fashion Week, held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press, and the general public.
Paris Fashion Week is a series of designer presentations held biannually in Paris, France with spring/summer and autumn/winter events held each year