Web resources for Costume and Performance Design
ArenaPAL is the UK's largest specialist image library for the performing arts. They have thousands of exclusive and hard to find images of theatre, opera, dance and music dating back over a hundred years.
Art Directors Guild
The ADG is comprised of Art Directors, Graphic Artists, Illustrators, Matte Artists, Model Makers, Scenic Artists, Set Designers and Title Artists. It is an international union spanning the United States and Canada, with more than 100,000 members which exclusively represents employees in the entertainment industry.
British Film Institute
The BFI was founded in 1933. It is a charity which combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.
Costume Institute NY Met
The Costume Institute's collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories represents five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present.
Critical Costume is an international platform to promote research and practice on the interdisciplinary study of costume. The purpose of the organization is to support practitioners and researchers in the debate of the status of costume within contemporary and historical cultures.
The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a non-profit organisation that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. It contains a collection of moving images, sound and other media covering a range of subjects.
Kyoto Costume Institute
KCI's principle activity since its foundation has been to collect authentic samples of western clothing from each era, together with the underpinnings that shape the clothing, and pertinent documents that explicate the background.
Moving Image Gateway – Media Studies
This Gateway includes 1,700 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas.
MUBI is a curated online cinema bringing you cult, classic, independent, and award-winning movies. A subscription to MUBI is a passport to the world of cinema. Every day their film experts introduce you to a great film, and you have a whole month to watch it.
The Fashion Museum
The Fashion Museum holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress. It was founded by Doris Langley Moore, a designer, collector, writer and scholar, who gave her famous private collection of costume to the city of Bath. The Fashion Museum is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council. It is housed in the Assembly Rooms building, which is owned by the National Trust.
The National Theatre presents a range of new plays and classics in its three theatres on the South Bank, in London's West End, on tour, and via live broadcast to cinemas around the world.
V&A Theatre Museum
The Theatre and Performance collection was founded in the 1920s when a private collector, Gabrielle Enthoven, donated her extensive collection of theatrical designs, memorabilia, books and photographs to the Museum. Since then the collection has continued to grow and has provided a home for many other significant objects and archives. All areas of the live performing arts are represented in the collections, documenting both current practice and the history of the performing arts in the UK.
Theatre Record has probably the most influential readership of any theatre publication in the UK. It reprints in full all the national drama critics' reviews of productions in and out of London, with full casts and credits. It carries early information on plans for shows all over the country. It is kept for years as an essential reference.
The Costume Page
A library of costume and costuming-related links for the benefit of those who study and/or make costumes: costumers, students, historical re-enactors, professionals, amateurs, dancers, theatrical costumers, writers, researchers, and all those interested in fashion, textile art, and costume history.
Set Decorators Society of America
The mission of the Set Decorators Society of America is to promote the highest standards of excellence in the field worldwide, and to entertain, inspire, teach and preserve the legacy of set decoration in motion pictures and television.
Society for British Theatre Designers
The Society of British Theatre Designers is a professional organisation run by designers for the benefit of designers. It was created to benefit theatre designers and their profession and to explore and further the role of the designer within the arts today.
Web resources for Make-up for Media and Performance
AHDS Performing Arts
AHDS Performing Arts supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital resources related to music, dance, theatre, radio, film, television, and performance.
ArenaPAL is the UK's largest specialist image library for the performing arts, with images of theatre, opera, dance and music dating back over a hundred years.
Includes interviews, lectures and masterclasses from industry professionals.
Copac exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of c.90 major UK and Irish libraries.
International Make-up Artist Trade Show
The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show is the make-up world’s biggest gathering. Thousands of make-up artists, exhibitors and enthusiasts discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer. Make-up pros from fashion and film provide education and demonstrations at IMATS, and new products often debut there.
The Makeup Gallery
The make-up gallery features the work of makeup artists creating female characters for films and TV shows.
National Association of Screen Make-up and Hairdressers
NASMAH is the UK association for professional make-up artists and hairdressers who work in film, television, theatre, fashion and photographic.
National Portrait Gallery Collections
The aim of the National Portrait Gallery is to promote through the medium of portraits, the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media.
TED is a non-profit organisation whose agenda is to 'make great ideas accessible and spark conversation'.
Two Magazine digital issue archive on make-up, skincare and beauty.
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat lets you find an item of interest and then locate a library near you that owns it.