News and Updates

8th August 2022: The Fairchild Books Library 2022 Collection is now complete with the addition of 21 new eBooks.

Download the complete Fairchild Books Library title list

4th March 2022: The Berg Fashion Library 2021 Collection is now complete with the addition of 12 new eBooks and 6 online exclusive articles in the seminal Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.

Download the complete Berg Fashion Library title list

23rd December 2021: The winter 2021 update for Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases is now live. This update brings 14 new business cases to the collection.

Download the complete Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases title list

23rd December 2021: The winter 2021 update for Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive is now live. This update brings 11 online exclusive articles to the collection, covering Shoulder Pads in Womenswear: A Microcosmic Timeline, Vivienne Westwood's Autumn/Winter 1995 show, Fashion and Theatre and more.

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Thierry Mugler Autumn/Winter 1995 show

We are delighted to present a new look platform for Bloomsbury Fashion Central.

This interdisciplinary hub now integrates access to the Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive alongside the other resources in the Bloomsbury Fashion Central suite.

Easier to search, browse and navigate, and with a range of enhanced functionality, it is an even more essential online resource to support study, teaching and research at your institution.

Users will be able to access all of the same high-quality content as before but will benefit from an improved experience including:

  • Intuitive browsing - by content type, theme, design house, people, period or place
  • New curated Collection pages, bringing together key content types, themed ‘Where to Start’ options, curated playlists, Design in Focus pages and more
  • Improved accessibility, with features such as video transcripts, and more
  • Search within the Book, to discover all content of interest instantly
  • A fully responsive and mobile-friendly interface
  • Improved & more prominent Related Content
  • Recently Viewed functionality, to rediscover useful content with ease
  • Standardised print / download / save / cite available for all content types
  • Display author biographies on click, within search results & on content pages

Frequently Asked Questions

Do URLs from the previous site redirect to pages on the new site?

In order to support customers who have bookmarked the current URLs, for example in library catalogue systems or in reading lists, as well as search engines and discovery and indexing databases, we have set up URL redirects.

This will mean that links to content pages (e.g. to articles, books, cases, museums and exhibitions) and also links to Research and Learning resources redirect to the corresponding page on the new Bloomsbury Fashion Central site.

Please note the redirects will live in our platforms indefinitely. DOIs will continue to point to the new platform too. This means that if you are using our MARC records (which include DOI URLs), you need not be concerned about the URLs. If you are using your own MARC records or are bookmarking pages using the OLD platform URLs, you are covered by the redirects.

Do direct product URLs continue to worked on the previous Fashion Central site?

Direct URL links to each product (i.e. www.bergfashionlibrary.com) will continue to redirect to www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com.

The previous Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive URL (www.bloomsburyfashionvideo.com) redirects to www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com.

What about access methods? How do they work on the new platform?

Your access method, for example IP address, Shibboleth or Open Athens, will continue to work in exactly the same way.

Any Bloomsbury Fashion Central (Berg Fashion Library, Fairchild Books Library, Fashion Photography Archive, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases or Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive) customers using EZProxy need to ensure that they have the Geoplugin stanza in their EZProxy config.txt (if it is not there already) just above the Bloomsbury Fashion Central stanza.

Please therefore check and confirm that your EZProxy config file stanzas for Bloomsbury Fashion Central are as follows, including the Option Cookie directive:

Title GEOPlugin (updated 20200423):

URL https://ssl.geoplugin.net
Host https://ssl.geoplugin.net
HJ ssl.geoplugin.net
DJ geoplugin.net

Option Cookie:

Title Bloomsbury Fashion Central (updated 20200423)
URL https://www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com
HJ www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com
HJ www.bergfashionlibrary.com
HJ bloomsburyfashioncentral.com
DJ bergfashionlibrary.com
DJ bloomsburyfashioncentral.com

Are there any changes to usage statistics (COUNTER reports)?

There is a change to the availability of some COUNTER reports.

From December 14th 2021, we began offering COUNTER 5 Database reports. As a result of this addition, we will no longer support the Database Report 1 – DB1 nor Database Report 2- DB2 in COUNTER 4. The COUNTER 4 reports will be available for data from 2016 to mid-December 2021.

If you need any COUNTER compliant Database reports past December 14th 2021, we would advise that you pull a COUNTER 5 Database Master Report (DR).

What do I need to do about my personal account?

If you are an instructor, librarian or student with an existing personal account:
You will need to set up a personal account on the new Bloomsbury Fashion Central site, this is a simple process that can be done quickly and easily.

Bookmarks saved to your previous personal accounts will not have been retained, unless you saved links to your favourite pages within your own browser.

How does my Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases instructor account work now?

If you are an instructor who has access to extended teaching notes on Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases account:
You should have been contacted regarding your new instructor account, which will be on bloomsbury.com. Please create an account on the Bloomsbury website here, if you do not have one already, and then please let us know so we can authenticate your access. You will then be fully set up to begin using the enhanced features of the new platform on its launch.

How do I access my Fairchild Books Store account?

You will need to use fairchildbooks.com as the primary URL for logging in to your account for the Fairchild Books Store, as it will not be part of the migration of Bloomsbury Fashion Central to its new platform. You will be able to continue accessing all of the Fairchild Books Store content using your existing account but if you also access any other resource within Bloomsbury Fashion Central, you will need to create a personal or instructor account separately on the new platform.

How do personal accounts work on the new site?

On the new site your Personal Account enables you to:

  • Save books, chapters, articles, cases, images or other items to view later
  • Organise your saved items into folders
  • Email and export citations
  • Save searches and receive search alerts

On the new site the My Content area contains:

  • My Saved Items: this is where you can save (bookmark) items on the new platform: you can create your own folders and organise your saved items. This will be empty until you start saving items on the new platform; you can save links to books, chapters, articles, cases, videos, images.
  • My Saved Searches: this is where all the searches that you have saved on the new platform appear. This is a new feature, which was not available on the old site, so nothing will be saved here until you start saving Searches on the new platform. You will also be able to turn email alerts on and off for saved searches here. When turned on, you will receive an email whenever new relevant content for that search is added.
  • My Clips: this is new functionality on the new platform and enables you to save video clips to your personal account. Again, this is a new feature, which was not available on the old site. Nothing will be saved here until you start saving your own video clips.

On the new site the My Profile area is where you can:

  • Edit your name and email address
  • Change your password
  • Opt in to receive information about Bloomsbury Fashion Central and related Bloomsbury products

How do new personal account features compare with those on the previous site?

Here is a quick reference chart of personal account functionality showing the differences between the old and new Bloomsbury Fashion Central sites:

Previous Bloomsbury Fashion Central SiteNew Bloomsbury Fashion Central Site
Sign in to your personal account > My AccountSign in to your personal account > My Profile > Edit profile
Sign in to your personal account > My BookmarksSign in to your personal account > My Content > My Saved Items
My Course MaterialsThese will still be available to view and access via www.fairchildbooks.com
N/A on the current siteSign in to your personal account > My Content > My Saved Searches
N/A, currently exists on Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive onlySign in to your personal account > My Content > My Clips

Users and administrators of Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive:

What will happen to my access to Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive?

If your institution has purchased or subscribed to Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive, you will still have access to that content. The previous URL for Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive will be redirected to the new URL, which will be bloomsburyfashioncentral.com.

Please note that all pages on Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive will be re-directed to the new platform.

Will there be any changes to usage statistics (COUNTER reports)?

When Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive (BFVA) becomes part of the main Bloomsbury Fashion Central (BFC) site, it will no longer have its own URL/domain for COUNTER purposes. It will instead be a database within BFC on the COUNTER 5 Database reports in future.

All BFVA COUNTER usage in future will come via the BFC COUNTER API key and any COUNTER 5 usage prior to the migration will be available under a separate BFVA site entry.

Are institutions able to renew their subscription to Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive?

Yes, Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive will still be available to purchase via subscription or perpetual access basis after it has migrated to the main Bloomsbury Fashion Central platform.

What will happen to my personal account?

You will still be able to log into your personal account on Bloomsbury Fashion Central.

Saved content items in personal accounts will not be retained when Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive moves over to Bloomsbury Fashion Central – other than if those links were previously saved as bookmarks in their browser.

Saved search items will not be retained when Bloomsbury Fashion Video Archive moves over to Bloomsbury Fashion Central. Search results will be different on the new platform, as users will be able to see search results from multiple products if they would like.

If you have any questions about the new site, please get in touch with your local representative:

Americas: OnlineSalesUS@Bloomsbury.com
UK and Rest of World: OnlineSalesUK@Bloomsbury.com
Australia and New Zealand: OnlineSalesANZ@Bloomsbury.com

Header image: taken from Fashion Photography Archive and courtesy of © Niall McInerney (photographer). All rights reserved. You are not permitted to reproduce this image for commercial use.