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Bloomsbury Fashion Central: User Guide

Online Resource Help Guide

About Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Bloomsbury Fashion Central is an online platform that includes:

Berg Fashion Library: multi- award winning, this is the authority on world dress – discover a wide range of text and images from across cultures and throughout history.

Fairchild Books Library: ebooks covering subjects including: textiles, design foundations, retailing, visual merchandising, colour theory, lighting, sustainability, and drawing and presentation. Plus learning resources specific to each book: lesson plans, quizzes, flashcards, videos and timelines.

Fashion Photography Archive: images ranging from runway and backstage to street-style fashion, and from key designer's shows from the last forty years.


How to log in

When logged in to a college computer you will automatically be logged in to Bloomsbury Fashion Central.

To log in off campus: Navigate to You will see “sign in” on the top right hand side of the home page and underneath “Get access via your college, institution or library”. Click on this then on the following page click on “Shibboleth”. From here you can filter organisation by name. Sign in using your student/staff email address and network password.

How to search for resources

There are a few different ways to search the website. 

Search - there is a search box on the top left of the homepage. Type in the search term and press enter. Image search results will show first then text results. Down the left hand side are options to narrow it down such as garment type, designer, period or textile type. 


Advanced Search - to access advanced search click on "Advanced Search" to the right of the main search bar. This allows you to focus in on a particular subject. You can use Boolean operators here such as AND, OR, NOT, for example entering 'Victorian' AND 'dress' will only give content related to Victorian dress, whereas entering 'Victorian' or 'dress' will provide content relating to dress and also content relating to dress so will give lots of information that may not be relevant to you. 

Related content - when you find something relevant to you, if you open it and scroll to the end of the page you will find 'Related Content'.

Top Tip: Take a tour

To help you make the most of its resources, Bloomsbury FashionCentral has provided short introductions to the key areas so you can "Take a Tour" of all the amazing resources on offer.

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