Research Center

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2225, Montcalm St.
Montreal, Québec
H2L 3H8


Our Research Centre enables you to browse through a selection of more than 750 selection of books, encyclopedias, magazines, archives, and period patterns at your leisure, for consultation on-site or for a loan.

We also invite you to ask for our Historical research and visual referencing services to help you out in your research.

An overview of what is available:


-Archives of designs produced at Radio Canada
-Dictionary / Vocabulary of clothes
-Art history
-History of Costumes
-History of accessories (Hats, jewelry, shoes)
-History of undergarments
-Manual for Costume Designers (User Manual)
-Fashion & History of clothing, from all eras
-Technical; sewing, haute couture, embroidery, knitting, crochet, hat making
-Fabric / Textiles
-Native clothing
-Ethnic clothing
-Military clothing


-Butterick pattern catalogs 1880-1915
-Butterick pattern catalog, Vogue, Simplicity 1940-1990
-Eaton and Sears catalog 1940-1990
-Sample of fabrics and techniques
-Pattern books by Janet Arnold 1560-1860



- Clin d’œil 1980’s
- Echo de la Mode 1960-1970
- Elle & Elle Québec 1990-2010
- Femmes d’aujourdhui 1960-1970
- Gentleman Quarterly (GQ) 1980-1999
- Harper Bazar 1980-1999
- InStyle 1990-2000’s
​- Mirabella 1990’s
- Vogue 1950-1980