No. 1 (2023)
Shaping research

Fashion Libraries: Between Material and Immaterial Shelves

Ilaria Trame
International Library of Fashion Research
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Published 2023-06-30


  • Fashion Library,
  • Digital Fashion Library,
  • Fashion Research,
  • Archive,
  • Fashion Collections

How to Cite

Trame, I. (2023). Fashion Libraries: Between Material and Immaterial Shelves. Fashion Highlight, (1), 126–132.


This article represents a reflection extracted and reworked from my MA thesis titled Beyond the Library: A Study of Fashion Documents’ Archival Spaces. With a reflection on the current panorama on the field fashion libraries, this paper aims to unpack the relationship that are at stake between social media archives and fashion libraries at large. Often seen as an unmatchable duality, with the opposition between paper and the digital that seems to be in constant contrast, I aim to demonstrate that the two fields can not only coexist, but also be of mutual benefit for the formation of a more actualised, inclusive and comprehensive definition of ‘fashion library’.


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