The Library possesses a unique collection of photographs clipped from fashion magazines
over the years. These images include magazine and newspaper clippings, runway shots,
fashion illustrations and promotion materials. Housed in the Access Services Unit
on the 5th floor, this collection is arranged by designer name or fashion subject,
and then by decade. We are currently in the process of digitizing this collection
and can be found on FITDIL. Highlights from the digital collection include images from Chanel, Balenciaga, Pierre
Balmain, Versace, Alexander McQueen and Yves St. Laurent.
The Designer Files can be searched/accessed through OneSearch, the Library catalog or directly through FITDIL: type designer files in the Search Terms field.
Updated List of Digitized Designer Files [pdf] as of August 2020 (with direct URLs and number of images available per designer). You must log in using your MyFIT username and password to download hi-res images.
Check back often as we upload new images regularly.
For a sampling of what we have on FITDIL, check out our Tumblr (no longer updated)!
Refer to our Digital Initiatives page for more information regarding our online digital repository consisting of about 150,000 images.
The Collection Development Policy for the Designer Files is available to view as a PDF.