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Art Topics and Resources in the Manuscript Collections at the Library of Congress


Toni Frissell, photographer. Ann Taylor looking in compact mirror to adjust her hat. May 1967. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

The examination of fashion and style easily spans the collections of the Manuscript Division through the papers of fashion icons, participants in the industry, and indirectly through individuals who simply reflect the cultural and style trends of their time. Additionally, fashion material may be found in the collections of agents and collectors, individuals who may have taken an interest in fashion rather than participating directly in the industry. Icons and entertainment stars affected the trends and styles, and their careers are revealing of fashion over time.

Some collections have a more obvious connection to the topic, such as Toni Frissell's work for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Her professional files are particularly pertinent to study of the fashion industry. The papers of Lucy Kroll also include files of her numerous clients, including of renowned style and design figure and author Susann Slesin, Some of the collections listed below are also identified elsewhere in this guide, especially in the photography and design categories.

Several collections include client files for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, other Conde Nast Publications, as well as well known stores such as Lord & Taylor. Additional collections related to entertainment stars include correspondence and files and correspondence with designers.

Many visual materials from the collections, including photographs, etchings, drawings, and others have been transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division. Patrons are advised to contact both the Manuscript Division and the Prints and Photographs Division for guidance on accessing these materials.


The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content, including finding aids for the collections, are included when available.