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Fashion At Dunedin Public Libraries

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Have fun exploring the treasures!

The Dunedin City Library has fabulous fashion books and resources. There are books about fashion designers; books about the construction of clothing and accessories; and books about fashion, costume and clothing around the world and through the centuries. We also have a selection of magazines, including some rare and fascinating archival material. A trip to the 3rd Floor Heritage Room reveals even more gems from New Zealand. You will find here a sample of our many fashionable collections.


1,000 Dresses: The Fashion Design Resource (2014). Tracy Fitzgerald
20th Century Fashion in Detail. (2018). Claire Wilcox)
Fashion: 150 Years: Couturiers, Designers, Labels (2014). Charlotte Seeling
Fashion Designer: Concept to Collection (2011). Sandra Burke
Fashion Game Changers: Reinventing the 20th Century Silhouette (2016). Karen Godtsenhoven
The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London, 1947–1957 (2007). Claire Wilcox
A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion (2013). Alison Gwilt
The Sourcebook of Contemporary Fashion Design (2011). Marta Hidalgo


100 Contemporary Fashion Designers (2009) 2 volumes. Terry Jones
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011). Andrew Bolton
Balenciaga Paris (2006). Pamela Golbin
Chanel: Collections and Creations (2007). Daniele Bott
Dior: 60 Years of Style: from Christian Dior to John Galliano (2007). Farid Chenoune
Dresses to Dream About. (2017). Christian Siriano
Fashion: Australian and New Zealand Designers (2010) Mitchell Oakley Smith
Haute Couture Ateliers: The Artisans of Fashion (2014) Helene Farnault
Iconic: The Masters of Italian Fashion. (2018). Megan Hess.
Mary Quant. (2019). Jenny Lister
Valentino: Themes and Variations (2008). Pamela Golbin
Vintage Fashion & Couture: From Poiret to McQueen (2013). Kerry Taylor
Vivienne Westwood (2014). Vivienne Westwood
Yves Saint Laurent: Photographs (2014). Roxanne Lowit

Digital Resources: PressReader

Free online access to newspapers and magazines from around the world in full colour, full-page format, brought to you by Dunedin Public Libraries. Includes Vogue Accessory, Australia, China, Hommes International, Italy, Latinoamerica, Mexico, Paris, Spain, Thailand, L’Uomo, and Ukraine.

Dressmaking / Tailoring

The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction (2014). Christine Haynes
Draping: The Complete Course (2013). Karolyn Kiisel
Fashion Embroidery: Embroidery Techniques and Inspiration for Haute-Couture Clothing (2018). Jessica Pile
A History of the Paper Pattern Industry (2014). Joy Emery
Men’s Garments 1830–1900: A Guide to Pattern Cutting (1989). R I Davis
Patternmaking for Fashion Design (2010). Helen Joseph-Armstrong
Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen’s Dresses and Their Construction (1977). Janet Arnold

Fashion History

American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion and the Front Row. (2018). Booth Moore.
The Anatomy of Fashion: Why We Dress the Way We Do (2013). Colin McDowell
Costume and Fashion: A Concise History (2012). James Laver
Le Costume Historique (1888). Auguste Racinet
Decades (2012). Cameron Silver
Fashion: The Ultimate History of Costume from Prehistory to the Present Day (2016). Stefanella Sposito
Fashion in Film (2018). Christopher Laverty
Groundbreaking Fashion: 100 Iconic Moments (2017). Jane Rocca
Victoria and Albert Gallery of Fashion (2013). Claire Wilcox
Vogue 100: A Century of Style (2016). Robin Muir
The World Atlas of Street Fashion (2017). Caroline Cox

Fashion Illustration

100 Years of Fashion Illustration (2007). Cally Blackman
Fashion Illustration Techniques: A Super Reference Book for Beginners (2012). Zeshu Takamura
Menswear Illustration (2015). Richard Kilroy
New Icons of Fashion Illustration (2013). Tony Glenville


Black (NZ), Burda, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, NZ Fashion Quarterly, Officiel, Vogue Australia, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, Vogue UK, Vogue US.
Extensive back copies of some magazines are available, notably: Burda; GQ; Harper’s Bazaar; Vogue Australia, Hommes, Paris, UK & US.


Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion (2002). Alan Flusser
The Magnificence of the Tsars: Ceremonial Men’s Dress of the Russian Imperial Court, 1721–1917 (2008). Svetlana Amelekhina
Men’s Fashion: The Complete Sourcebook (1996). John Peacock
The Parisian Gentleman. (2015). Hugo Jacomet
Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke (2010). James Sherwood
True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear (2015). Bruce Boyer


Advanced Style and Advanced Style: Older and Wiser. (2012, 2016). Ari Seth Cohen
Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style. (2017). Shantrelle P Lewis
A Matter of Style: Intimate Portraits of Women Who Changed Fashion. (2018). Valeria Manferto De Fabianis
The Sartorialist. (2009). Scott Schuman
Tomboy Style: Beyond the Boundaries of Fashion. (2012). Lizzie Garrett Mettler


The Fabric of India (2016). Rosemary Crill
Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide: Natural and Man-Made Fibres (2014) Clive Hallett
Pattern Design: With Over 1,500 Illustrations. (2018). Elizabeth Wilhide
Tartan + Tweed (2017). Caroline Young
The Fashion Swatch Book (2014). Marnie Fogg
Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns for Printed Fabrics Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period (1991). Susan Meller
Textiles: A World Tour: Discovering Traditional Fabrics and Patterns (2008). Catherine Legrand


Fashion Magazines

Women’s fashion and general magazines from different eras show the best (and worst) of the fashion of that time. Below is a sample of magazines and newspapers available in our Heritage Collections. The High School magazines collection also depicts changes in fashion.

Charlie Magazine (1984–89)
Dunedin Photo Review (1960s)
Grace: New Zealand (1998–2001)
More Fashion (late 1980s)
New Zealand Bride & Groom (1988– )
New Zealand Fashion Quarterly (or FQ; previously  Fashion NZ) (1980– )
New Zealand Woman (Continued by New Zealand Woman and Stitch) (1960s)
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly (on microfilm 1934–1986; Magazine from 1942– some gaps)
She: New Zealand (1999–2006) (previously More and She and More)
Thursday: The Magazine for Younger Women (1968–1976)
Tu Mai: Offering an Indigenous New Zealand Perspective (1999– )
Vogue New Zealand (1960s)

Fashion History

At the Beach: 100 Years of Summer Fashion in New Zealand (2015). Cecilie Geary
Black: The History of Black in Fashion, Society and Culture in New Zealand (2012). Doris De Pont
A Darker Eden: Fashion from Dunedin (2017). Doris De Pont
The Dress Circle: New Zealand Fashion Design since 1940 (2010). Lucy Hammonds
Heritage Clothing Package (1998). Desiree Simpson
In True Colonial Fashion: A Lively Look at What New Zealanders Wore (1977). Eve Ebbett
Looking Flash: Clothing in Aotearoa New Zealand (2007)
New Zealand Fashion Flair of the 70's (1989) Jane Malthus
The New Zealand Gown of the Year (2003). Claire Regnault
The New Zealand Woman: 80 Glorious Years of Fashion, Food and Friendship from the Pages of the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly (2012). Bee Dawson
Notes on Dress Reform and What It Implies (c1893). K Walker and J R Wilkinson
Ready to Wear: The Changing Shape of New Zealand Fashion (2004). Jenny Lynch
Unpicking the Past: Revealing our Dress Collection (2008). Nelson Provincial Museum
The Way We Wore: The Clothes New Zealanders Have Loved (2001). Richard Wolfe
Women of Substance: The Otago Women Who Wore ‘Fabulous Frocks’ (2008). Sean G Brosnahan

Design and Designers

The Art of Pattern Drafting (1988). Pamela C Stringer
The Business of Fashion (1997). Judy Sale
Foureyes: New Zealand Street Style (2013). Alex Blanco
Home Sewn: With Patterns from 10 Leading New Zealand Designers (2012). Sarah-Jane Rowland
Look Book: Air New Zealand Fashion Week, Autumn/Winter Collections (2006). Angela Lassig
A Passion for Fashion: The Life of Lindsay Kennett Master Milliner (2016). Hilary Hunt
Six Months to Ninety: A Dress Pattern Book (1964). Joyce G Morgan
Undressed: New Zealand Fashion Designers Tell Their Stories (2003). Stacy Gregg
Wearable Art: Design for the Body (1996). Naomi O’Connor and Craig Potton

Biographical Clippings Files (ask at desk): the clippings files on New Zealand designers reflect a strong Dunedin/Otago focus. Examples of designers’ clippings files: Nicholas Blanchet; Tanya Carlson; Tamsin Cooper; Trelise Cooper; Jeremy Moon (Icebreaker); Fieke Neuman; Christina Perriam, Margi Robertson.

Clothing and Dress Newspaper clippings compiled by Dunedin Public Libraries (Vol 1. 1999–2003). Continued by Clothing and Dress current clipping file.


Emperor’s Court to Village Festival: Chinese Costume and Textiles from the Collection of the Otago Museum (1998). Margery Blackman
Fabrications: Works by Forty New Zealand Fibre Artists (1990). Anne Nicholas
Fibres and Fabrics of Today (1973). Helen Thomson
Leathercraft (1975). Geraldine Beere
The Loving Stitch: A History of Knitting and Spinning in New Zealand (1998). Heather Nicholson
Stitch: Contemporary New Zealand Textile Artists (2006). Ann Packer
Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s–1950s (2005). Rosemary McLeod
Warm Heritage: Old Patchwork Quilts and Coverlets in New Zealand and the Women Who Made Them (2003). Pamela Fitz Gerald
Yours: A Handbook on Dressmaking, Textiles and Related Topics for Secondary Schools (1977). Florence Quentin Davies

Maori and Pacific Textiles

The Art of Maori Weaving: The Eternal Thread (2005). Miriama Evans, Ranui Ngarimu
The Evolution of Maori Clothing (1926). Te Rangi Hiroa (P H Buck)
Feathers & Fibre: A Survey of Traditional and Contemporary Maori Craft (1984). Mick Pendergrast
How To Make a Piupiu (2008). Leilani Rickard
Maori Fibre Techniques: a Resource Book for Maori Fibre Arts (2005). Mick Pendergrast
The Maori Mantle: together with the Maori Mantle: a Review (1924) (1979). H Ling Roth, Te Rangihiroa (Sir Peter Buck)
Maori Weaving (1999). Erenora Puketapu-Hetet
New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts (1976). Glen Pownall
Pacific Designs (1998). Rebecca Jewell
Pacific Pattern (2005). Susanne Kuchler and Graeme Ware
Pacific Tapa (1997). Roger Neich and Mick Pendergrast


“I have never seen a collection of fashion magazines like the one we are lucky to have at the Dunedin Public Library. The magazines are interesting for those of us engaged in fashion designing as well as anyone interested in the cultural and social histories that they track. I love coming into the library and asking for something quite specific, for example every September issue of USA Vogue so that I can track a trend over several decades. The amazing library staff are kind enough to gather up these issues, pop them on a trolley and bring to me to delve into. I cannot imagine that happening anywhere else in the world, thank you Dunedin Public Library for keeping these collections - awesome collection and awesome staff.”

Margo Barton, Principal Lecturer in Fashion Otago Polytechnic

“I love the library. The books are free and I do not have any money. Marvelous things are possible within its walls; new worlds entire can be found on its shelves. And if you, like me, are interested in walking the streets of the city unimpeded by the sniggers of young persons, there is also fashion advice galore. Thank goodness.”

Lisa Scott, Writer