Digital Dress Search Tips:

General Search Help
Words entered in the search box are searched as a grouping, not as separate words like a Google search.  You must use the two separate boxes and the AND operator for it to search each word individually.
When searching,try using both the singular and plural forms of a word.  For example,searching for “dress” will return differentresults than searching for “dresses”. 

How do I....?

Search for dates
If searching for a date, enter the first three digits of the year.  For example, if you are searching for pieces from the 1920s, enter 192.  This will pull up all the records from 1920-1929.  You may also do this by using the “Browse by Decade” option. 

Search for designers
To find a particular designer, you may search by entering their name in the search boxes provided, or you may search using “Browse by Topic” in the menu at left. 

Search fields
Please note the box to the right of the search term box.  This box allows you to select where in the record you’d like to search for your term(s).  To search all fields in the record select “Anywhere in Record”, this will return more results. 

Combine Search Terms
You may combine keywords and fields using the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT; which are provided in the search box area.

When you combine keywords with AND in a search, you find all records in which both keywords appear.

Using OR in a search allows to you find all articles which contain either keyword.

Searches using NOT exclude articles containing the keyword following NOT.

What are “Browse by Topic” and “Browse by Decade”?
The “Browse by Topic” option allows you to use predetermined searches for each institution, ranging from designers to retailers to different types of clothing, depending on the institution.

The “Browse by Decade” option allows you to use predetermined searches for each institution broken down by decade.  For example, if you chose “1850” the results would include the records for 1850-1859.

Can I use the images on this website?
The images displayed on the Digital Dress website are copyrighted by each institution.  The web versions may be used for reference purposes only.  If you would like to inquire about obtaining permission to use an image or about obtaining a copy of an image, please contact the institute from the collection to which it belongs.  Contact information can be found on each institution’s page:

Wildcards in DLXS are represented by an asterisk (*) and can be used to represent one or more characters in a search term. Wildcards are typically used to search for alternate spellings of the same word and to search for variations on a root word. Please note, wildcard characters cannot be used in place of the first letter of a word and cannot be used within an exact phrase search.

You can use an asterisk (*) to match more than one letter. A search on bird* will find bird, birding, birdman, birds, and other words that start with bird-.