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Fashion: Home

A guide to resources to support Ara Fashion courses.

Great Fashion Database!

Berg Fashion Library is the leading source of scholarly, multidisciplinary information on all aspects of dress and fashion worldwide, from pre-history to the present day. It contains a large collection of images and eBooks! 

Business Subject Page

Don't forget Oxford Art Online!

Oxford Art Online Fashion Subject Guide is a great place to start.  It has fashion designer biographies and essays on different aspects of fashion.


Welcome to the Fashion Subject Guide. A selection of resources (On the Books/eBooks) tab have been  selected by fashion tutors to help you in your study. If you have any questions at all please contact the library.

Shuting Qiu is a fashion designer from China. Over 60% of her collection's foundational fabrics are sustainably sourced. Fashion Designers to Watch in 2024 (


Did you miss an episode or series on TV?  Well eTV can help as it records and archives TV programs for educational purposes. All you need to do is log in, then search for what takes your fancy to watch online. There is fashion and beauty content on eTV.

How do I use eTV?

Ask Live

AskLive is our instant messaging service. You can chat with the library by entering your question in the box below that says “Type here to chat …”

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Ask Live operates during our opening hours at Madras St campus, Christchurch. We are open 7 days.

Please note:

  • In the evenings and weekends, specialised support may not be available. If so, your question may be referred to an expert for action on the next working day.
  • In My Ara, under “StudySmart” you may also find information on your query.

Information and Research Skills

For help on how to find, evaluate and present information we recommend the Information skills subject guide This guide will ensure an easier pathway to academic success!  We also have a Research subject guide  for those of you taking your studies to the next level.   

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Image source: Open University