Students will be inspired by hundreds of thousands of digitized images

Please note that this digital resource is not available to institutions in the USA.

Designed specifically for students and researchers, the Fashion Photography Archive contains over 250,000 images (further collections will be added in updates of 50,000 images until 750,00 images are live) that have never before been published online.

Internationally renowned scholar and Director and Chief Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Dr Valerie Steele, has curated the core collection and will continue to commission original commentary on the world of fashion.

Available on the Bloomsbury Fashion Central Platform, which is also home to Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, Berg Fashion Library, and Fairchild Books Library.)


  • Images: an expanding collection of high-quality runway, backstage, and street style images
  • Articles: more than 200 articles specially commissioned for the site covering a range of topics and giving detailed overviews of the fashion cities, catwalk shows, textiles and more — plus over 100 biographies
  • Videos: the Editor-in-Chief Valerie Steele interviews Niall McInerney, the photographer of the Fashion Photography Archive in a series of short videos, see the full list here
  • Interactive timeline from 1980 to 2000: filter by designers and discover the social context which is segmented by ‘Designer and Brand Events’, ‘Models’, ‘Art and Music’, ‘Film and Television’ and ‘Historical and Cultural Events’

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single Sign-On, Username and Password

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available when you login to your account via the Bloomsbury Administration Portal.

Promotional materials and downloads

You can download logos, posters, web banners, flyers and social media banners from the Bloomsbury Fashion Central platform.