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Need information on the Fashion Biz? Try these resources first.

Search Terms
Library Resources Online
In and Around Brooklyn

Terms to use when searching

Try using these when you search Google, the library catalog or look for magazine articles on the topic:
  • fashion industry
  • fashion design
  • apparel industry
  • clothing trade

Books In the Library

When you look for books on fashion, check out the 687.068 and 746.92 sections of the library's shelves first.

Some specific titles are:

Beyond Design: The Synergy of Apparel Product Development
Sandra J. Keiser and Myrna B. Garner
687 K

Careers for Fashion Plates & Other Trendsetters
Lucia Mauro
746.92 M

Do You Sew for Profit?: A Guide for Wholesale, Retail and Consignment
Barbara Wright Sykes
687.068 W

Fashion: From Concept to Consumer
Gini Stephens Frings
687.0973 F

Portfolio Presentation for Fashion Designers
Linda Tain
746.92 T

Start Your Own Clothing Store: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Success
Julie Miller
687.0068 M

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Magazines to read to learn about the fashion and clothing industry include:
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Library Resources Online: Find Magazine Articles and More

You can connect to these from your home or office. You will need your BPL library card. (The barcode on the back is your password.)
  • Associations Unlimited
    Connect with an association to learn about news and trends and to meet others who can help you in your new biz. Start your "Association" search with either "fashion" or "apparel."

  • Business and Company Resource Center
    Find articles from magazines or get a snapshot of your business by using the term "apparel" as the "Industry Description."
  • Business Source Premier
    This links you to articles from hundreds of magazines. Use the terms listed above to search by keyword.
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In and around Brooklyn

Here are some schools with fashion design and merchandising classes:

Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY

The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising

Parsons School of Design

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There are lots of websites on the fashion business. Many are associations you can join or you can just visit their sites to find information on the industry.

American Apparel & Footwear Association
The #1 trade association for the clothing manufacturing industry. Though it's very expensive to join, you can get great statistics, trends and news from the site.

Apparel Search
The world's largest and fastest growing business to business database, dedicated solely to the clothing, fashion and textile industry.

Daily Candy
A free newsletter that covers what's "hot, new and undiscovered" in fashion. You can get just the NYC edition or news from everywhere.

Fashion Group International
A professional organization that promotes fashion as a career. Student membership gives you the chance to do some great networking.

An online directory of suppliers of fabric, trim and services. They also offer good "how to" publications.
This site has loads of information on fashion careers. It is limited in its list of schools.

This is a fashion industry information search engine. Check out the "Information Desk" on the home page to find news, trends and excellent business guides.