Encyclopedias are great for:
Berg Fashion Library Includes images, the Encyclopedia of world dress and fashion, e-books, e-journals, museum directory, reference works, and more.
Encyclopedia of dress and textiles in the British Isles c. 450-1450. Boston : Brill, 2012. (Olin Library Room 404 Oversize GT730 .E53 2012+)
The Greenwood encyclopedia of clothing through world history. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2008. (Mann Library GT507 .G74 2008)
Encyclopedia of clothing and fashion. Detroit : Thomson, c2005. (Mann Library Reference GT507 .E53 2005)
Contemporary fashion. Detroit : St. James Press/Gale Group/Thomson Learning, c2002. (Mann Library Reference TT505.A1 C66x 2002)
The St. James fashion encyclopedia: a survey of style from 1945 to the present. Detroit : Visible Ink, c1997. (Mann Library TT505.A1 C66x 1997)
The complete costume dictionary. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, c 2011.