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French Culture through Fashion: Home

Prepared in connection with Masano Yamashita's course's FREN 3300.


This guide will walk you through different resources the University Libraries offer to connect you with French culture through fashion. This guide emphasizes social issues such as fashion and political expression, the role of women, the social construction of the concept of gender, and, more broadly, the relationship between identity and fashion.

Image shows a dress by French designer Madeleine Vionnet. Description: Magenta and fuchsia crepe a. Dress: Floor-length; fitted bodice; two panels forming sleeves and wrapping around waist; low round neck; V-back; bias-cut, circular skirt b. Wrap: Irregularly shaped; three-quarter length sleeves; turned-back cuffs; cowl neck; long wraps at waist c. Slip: Ivory crepe; bias-cut; floor-length; narrow flat self-straps; round neck d-e. Gloves: Violet crochet; elbow-length f. Purse: Self fabric; small pouch; rigid frame; silver chain handle

a-c. Madeleine Vionnet, French, 1876-1975, d-f. Unknown, (Designer).

Ensemble, Evening. ca. 1935, Image: 2006. Artstor,

Library Services

OneSearch is a discovery search platform where you can find articles, books, book chapters, films, and other materials in print and digital format. The dashboard has several features that will help you create folders (Projects) to organize your assignments, save materials to your folders and view your older searches. You will find Prospector under Supplemental Sources in the Dashboard.


image shows search: France AND fashion AND identity. Response page shows two titles: eBook Fashion and film [electronic resource] : moving images and consumer behavior / Peter Bug, editor; and Peer reviewed Article A critical technocultural discourse analysis of Muslim fashion bloggers in France: charting 'restorative technoscapes'.

Prospector and MOBIUS

Prospector is a group of Colorado and Wyoming Libraries and the quickest way to receive materials not available at CU. Prospector gives you access to 32 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos and other materials. Find Prospector on your Dashboard under Supplemental Sources. If what you are looking for is not available in Prospector, you may be able to find it in MOBIUS, a consortium of Missouri libraries that give you access to 27 million materials.

Placing requests
  1. First, check the Library Catalog
  2. If you can’t find what you need, look for the small Prospector icon in the Library Catalog. By clicking on this icon, you can replicate your search in Prospector
  3. When you find what you want, choose the "Request Item" option and follow the instructions on the screen.
  4. If all copies of materials are checked out, a hold may be placed, although books may not be recalled.
  5. Select a pick-up location (Norlin or a branch library, more information below).

Interlibrary Loan

When materials are unavailable in the Library Catalog, Prospector or MOBIUS, it is time to request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 

Placing requests
  1. You must make an account first if you have never requested an item through ILL. Click on the tab Login to ILLIAD to start and enter your Identikey username and password. It is better to use the first and last name that is associated with your Identikey when signing up. since loans will be delivered to you under that name.
  2. Fill in the form with as much information about the item you need.
  3. If you need multiple chapters within the same book or articles from the same journal, click on Clone Request, select the transaction number you want to clone, make the appropriate edits, and click submit.
  4. You can request books, DVDs, CDs, dissertations, microform and other materials from lenders around the world.
  5. The cost of borrowing materials, including shipping, is paid for by the Library.
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