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Fashion Innovation at Your Finger Tips

Part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's network of Special Collections, the Fashion Resource Center (FRC) maintains a unique hands-on study collection of late 20th- and 21st-century designer garments and accessories representing innovation in design, materials, construction and embellishment. Visitors can access an extensive visual, print and fabric reference library that supports and illuminates the FRC’s collection of 2000 garments and accessories. These elements combine to provide students and researchers with a creative and educational environment in which to explore the most progressive achievements in the world of dress and fashion.

Housed in the FRC's non-circulating research setting are 3,200 fashion publications, scholarly texts, contemporary designer biographies and interviews. Rare books are shelved alongside up-to-the moment publications on dress and exhibition and more than 25 current fashion and lifestyle magazine subscriptions. Available for viewing is an expanding collection of 800 videos of ready-to-wear and couture runway presentations, technical instruction, interviews, fashion history, and SAIC student fashion shows. In addition, the FRC archives vintage magazines from the 1890s to the present, foundation garments, 19th century lingerie, uniforms and occupational dress, as well as dictionaries, encyclopedias, look books, articles and a fabric library.

Visitors can also explore the FRC’s garment and accessories collection remotely at its regularly updated Digital Database. In addition, students and researchers can search the FRC’s books and look books through SAIC’s Flaxman Library Database by narrowing their search by location.

Visiting the Fashion Resource Center

To safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, the Fashion Resource Center is closed to the general public until further notice.

SAIC students and faculty may schedule an in person visit to the FRC at

Visits are limited to one individual or a faculty and student.

Although we are available for in person visits, we encourage our community to reach out to FRC staff, who can assist individuals with their research needs remotely as well as provide virtual tours by contacting