EXERCISE 2: Find Current Trend News and Forecasts

  • You will need to create a student account in order to use WGSN
  • Watch the videos below and sign up for a WGSN account through the library website or another Cornell networked computer (otherwise the site will not recognize you as a Cornell subscriber)
  • Accounts are active for 90 days and then must be reactivated 

Create a WGSN Account

First access WGSN.edu through the library catalog (otherwise it won't recognize you as a Cornell subscriber) and create a personal account. These are active for 90 days and then must be reactivated.

WGSN sign in

WGSN menu

Once logged in, there are various options within the fashion industry to choose from including Reports, Design Resources, News, and Travel.

WGSN menu options

There is also a search function where the results are divided into categories and can be narrowed down.

WGSN search function

Using Information From WGSN

Wondering how you can use the images you’ve gathered from WGSN outside the database? The WGSN FAQ says:

“Images may be used for internal purposes but are not available for external use. Please refer to WGSN’s terms and conditions for further clarification.” and

in the terms: "WGSN hereby grants you a non-transferable, limited license to do the following, solely for your product design, development, inspiration, research and manufacturing purposes: view, download and print such Content and create derivative works of pictorial works such as images, photographs, graphics, pictures, illustrations, and designs included within the Content and use such works and your derivative works thereof on or in your products; provided, however, that in the case of subscribing educational institutions and their Authorized Users, your use is limited to non-commercial, educational use only."

In general you can’t use WGSN content in commercial, promotional, or digital materials like websites without requesting permission or distribute content to non-subscribers. “However, you may provide pictorial works such as images, photographs, graphics, pictures, illustrations, and designs included within Content to your suppliers, vendors, independent contractors and consultants for the sole purpose of aiding you in connection with your product design, development, inspiration, research and manufacturing requirements only. The sharing of such works for the purposes stated in this paragraph, is at your discretion but in no way absolves you from the full responsibilities for all terms and conditions contained within this Agreement;”