Fashion Design

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture

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Copyright law's grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry ... and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion's free culture.

General Fashion Websites
Online version of fashion mainstay Elle magazine. Includes trend reports, runway, haute couture, ready-to-wear and more.
International fashion magazine known for showcasing designers regadless of marketing budget or origin. Free, only available online.
The online home of Vogue—with all of the expertise you'd expect. Search by designer, model, celebrity and more. Make sure to check out the Trend Report, Accessory Report, and Item of the Week!

Journals and E-books

Fashion-ology: An Introduction to Fashion Studies
E-book. Short, accessible introduction to the sociology of fashion. Want to understand the difference between clothing and fashion? Read it here!
Fashion Brands: Branding Style from Armani to Zara
E-book. Get a complete understanding of branding from haute couture to street wear. Wondering about the effects counterfeiting has on a brand? Read this.
Fashion Retailing (Part One)
E-book. Understand the fashion market in terms of rapid change and success or failure . Make sure to also see Fashion Retailing (Part Two).
Fashion Theory
Peer reviewed journal explores the intersection of culture and fashion phenomena including clothing as well as footbinding, tattoos, piercings, and much more.
Teen Vogue
Teen version of the classic fashion magazine. Don't miss the Teen Vogue website for more teen fashion and beauty trends.
Long-standing fashion classic, often referred to as the "fashion bible". Make sure to come in to the Sylvania campus library to see the full-color print editions. In addition to (see General Fashion Websites), the UK Vogue website is also really excellent for trend reports, beauty reports and designer and show information.


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