Fashion Data (online publication)

The Temporary Fashion Museum in Rotterdam (NL) examines some of the terrifying realities of the fashion system. The social and ecological consequences of the clothing industry’s global production processes are presented in an online publication compiled by fashion historian José Teunissen, with clear data visualisations by designer Rudy Guedj.
> Fashion Data
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Fred Goudswaard
librarian Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Historic French fashion magazines available, but for how long?

If you click on the links below you will have full text access to 6 historic French fashion magazines at the  Gallica database of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF).

TS L’Elan de la Mode 1907-1914 21 issues
TS La Mode de Style 1890-1891 98 issues
TS La Revue professionnelle de la mode française 1917-1925 73 issues
TS Le Bulletin de l’art ancien et moderne 1929-1935 19 issues
TS Mode Palace 1901-1909 97 issues
TS Modes et Travaux 1919 and 1926 4 issues

Hosannah? Hurray? Well yes: for now, at least, because it might be too early to cheer, given the following remark that heads each of the issue lists: Issues available for one year

What does this mean exactly? Are these issues replaced by others after one year? Will I be recognized as a user by IP address today and is access to blocked after one year? I could not find the answer on the Gallica website. Maybe one of you could enlighten me?

Thanks & best regards,

Fred Goudswaard
librarian AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute


Recommendation: Trend Newsletter Science of the Time


Science of the Time is a trend research & innovation network, based in the Netherlands. However, the trends they identify are far from being confined to the Dutch border…
I would like to recommend to check out their website, but above all:  to  subscribe to their free  weekly newsletter, entitled Science’s Signals.

About Science of the Times
Sample: Science’s Signals – Week 38
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Fred Goudswaard
librarian AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute

The Pathé Fashion Archive


This is a very nice and very shareable collection of (very short) film footage of fashion related items from the British Pathé archives. Of the 76 films that have been uploaded until now, the oldest dates back to the 1890s and the newest was made in 1970. Closer inspection reveals an emphasis 1950s and 1960s footage.

PatheFashionArchive_03Some examples:
1890s Fashion Footage
1920s How to Make a Handbag
1930s: A 1939 Conjecture of Fashion in The Year 2000
1940s How To Tie a Turban
1950s Nylon Vs. Cashmere
1960s Space Age Hair Fashion

See all at 
The Pathé Fashion Archive.

Fred Goudswaard
librarian AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Origin & history of the “French seam”?

Would any of you know of any literature that documents the origin & history of a classic  invisible seam calledFrench seam?

NB: interestingly, this seam type is also referred to as “English seam”… 

Fred Goudswaard
librarian AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute

Les Éditions Jalou Archives

This is the archive of approx 44 fashion magazines published by Les Éditions Jalou, i.e. 16 French language editions and 28 international editions, in Adobe Flash format. Time coverage varies. Free access.


For example:

L’Officiel de la Mode :
1921-today (808 issues)
L’Officiel Hommes :
1977-1989  (71 issues)
L’Art et la Mode :
1883-1965 (1879 issues)


Les Éditions Jalou Archives

Fred Goudswaard
librarian AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute