Abiti Antichi — In Italian. Lots of beautiful pictures of someone’s collection of extant clothing from the 18th century through the 1930s. Easy to navigate, even if you can’t read Italian. There is one page in English that explains the site.
Australian Dress Register — “The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975. This includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday.”
Before the Automobile — Blog by Finnish woman about 18th & 19th century clothing. Includes lots of photos of her beautiful creations.
Bibliothèque des Artes Décoratifs — (In French) Large online collection of fashion plates from the late 18th to 19th centuries. To Search: 1) Click “Recherche simple”; 2) Type “mode” in ”Termes de recherche”; 3) Select “Album Maciet” in ”Document numérisés”; 4) Click “Rechercher”; 5) Wait until the results display in the left pane; 6) Check one or more of the results; 7) Click “Voir les notices”; 8) Under each selection in the right pane, click “Voir les vignettes Maciet” to see the fashion plates.
Bustles and Bows — Images from an 1873 “Harper’s Bazaar,” an 1882 “The Girls Own Paper” and period photographs.
Commercial Pattern ArchiveNew! — The pattern archive, located at the University of Rhode Island, is a collection of commercial patterns, with the earliest from 1854. The online archive has a searchable index to the collection. In order to fully search the online archive, you must enroll using the form provided.
Commonwealth Vintage Dancers — Articles and period illustrations for mid-19th century through early 20th century clothing for men and women. Sections on day and evening dress.
Corsets and Crinolines — From the website: “A Resource for collectors of period costume.” Has timeline, tips, and sells vintage clothing.
Dreamstress, TheNew! — (NZ) Blog about historical fashion of the 18th-20th centuries. Lots of tutorials on sewing techniques, how-tos, etc. She also blogs about every day clothing and has a small line of modern fashion patterns.
Frank B. Rodolph Photographic Collection — Located at the Bancroft Library of UC Berkeley, this is a collection of 1200+ photographs taken by Rodolph around California and Alaska in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, they are not arranged in any particular order, so a lot of “hunt & peck” is required to find photos of interest.
Gentleman’s Page, The — From the website: “A Practical Guide for the 19th Century Man.” This site, by the Lively Arts History Assoc, has sections on ‘Behavior,’ ‘Attire’ and ‘Resources.’
Godey’s Lady’s Book — By Hope Greenberg. Full and partial books from 1852 and 1855 through 1858. Site is searchable.
Naergi’s Costuming Site — Personal costuming site, in English & German, with costumes from Elizabethan to Victorian, and recreations from various movies. She has pages devoted to screenshots from many movies, tutorials, and more.
Workwoman’s Guide, The — From the website: “This 1838 masterpiece of domestic instruction for the 19th-century homemaker is highly illustrated with patterns and drawings for hundreds of everyday apparel and household furnishings.”