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Design & Images


(costume, scenery, & lighting)

to find information about

     historical period design

     previous productions’ design

or to find images to support your own design decisions


Here are a few places to start looking for images, paintings, photography, or some visual inspiration.


Historical databases:

and see this guide to Costume Resources


Article databases:


Image databases:


use the Keyword Search of the Library Catalog to look for your topic, adding keywords like:

pictorial works




Not finding what you need - look at the Images Guide.



these will also help


[decade] : All-American Ads HF 5813 U6 ... (8 vol.s covering 1900-1989) FAL & PCL

Decorative Arts : a Sourcebook NK 1980 D43 2000 (6 vol.s covering 1900-1979) FAL & ARCH

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World History GT 507 G74 2008 (3 vol.s) FAL

Encyclopedia of World Fashion and Dress GT 507 E54 2010 (10 vol.s) FAL


ALSO look at the ads and photographs in magazines from the recent past:


Life 051 L625 (1885-1036) and -Q- AP 2 L547 (1936-1972) PCL

Saturday Evening Post -Q- AP 2 S2 (1879-1969) PCL

Look 051 L872 (1937-1971) PCL


Theatre & Dance Liaison

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Beth Kerr
Fine Arts Library (FAL)
DFA 3.212
the University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78713

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