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Awards, Reviews, and Endorsements

See what people have been saying about Bloomsbury Fashion Central and its databases.


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Bloomsbury Fashion Central wins 2017 IPG Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award!

We are excited to announce Bloomsbury’s win at the 2017 IPG Awards for the Ingram Content Group Digital Publishing Award. The IPG awards dinner recognizes excellence in independent publishing. According to the official announcement:

“Bloomsbury Publishing wins the Digital Publishing Award for work on Fashion Central, its new portal of content for higher education that builds on the Berg Fashion Library. It combines subscription and rental models and serves both instruction and research needs from a seamless, integrated platform. ‘Bloomsbury has got a clear sense of its audience segments and how the platform can deliver for them,’ judges said. ‘It’s a global play with thinking outside of the box.’”

Kathryn Earle, Bloomsbury's Managing Director for Digital Resources, commented: “We're absolutely thrilled to have won this award, especially against such stiff competition. We're grateful to the judges, the IPG and Ingram for underscoring through the award itself how integral digital publishing is to our industry, and it goes without saying that we are very proud to be this year's recipient.”


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Bloomsbury Fashion Central wins Platform of the Year (Reference/Education) at The Bookseller FutureBook Awards 2016!

We are delighted to announce that in its first year Bloomsbury Fashion Central has been awarded Platform of the Year in the Reference/Education category at The Bookseller FutureBook Awards!

Judge George Burgess said of the Bloomsbury win: “We were really impressed with the breadth of Bloomsbury's fashion resources, in particular the various media types that ranged from videos to quizzes and flashcards. The user experience was impressive for an educational product, and it has been well thought out from both the student and the instructor's perspective.”


Berg Fashion Library Reviews

Find more reviews, awards and endorsements on the Praise for Berg Fashion Library page.

"The Berg Fashion Library forms part of Bloomsbury Fashion Central, a digital lynchpin for research involving fashion and dress. (It) tightly weaves together an interdisciplinary array of digital resources for those interested in the multifaceted inner workings of dress. Enriching both students and researchers of fashion studies, the vast visual corpus offers an abundant repertoire of benchmark texts in e-book format, and encourages cross-cultural study."
- Stephanie Saunders, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History

Read the full review here.

"All in all, Berg Fashion Library is an excellent platform that continues to grow and improve to provide relevant and interesting information about historical and contemporary fashion to its users. It is equally useful for more targeted use and for encouraging exploration, and has proven to be an indispensable research tool for both lecturers and students in the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts. We are positive that we will continue to learn from it, and hopefully also contribute to it in the years to come."
- Nadya Wang, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore

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Berg Fashion Library wins The Charleston Advisor’s Readers’ Choice Award!

The redesigned Berg Fashion Library site has been named Most Improved Product from The Charleston Advisor “Best and Worst” Readers’ Choice Awards. The Charleston Report notes:

“Since moving to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, the new Berg Fashion Library is getting rave reviews from librarians and users. It has a cleaner interface and is much more navigable. The service has integrated text and image content on fashion and dress around the world, from the past to the present.”


Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases Reviews

"This is a strong resource for business, marketing, and industry-related studies. The teaching notes in particular stand out as a value-added feature for instructors and curriculum designers. Business Cases is an excellent addition to the Fashion Central collection, and may be of interest to academic programs that support marketing and business studies beyond the realm of fashion."
- Gricel Dominguez, Library Journal

Read the full review here.


Fashion Photography Archive Reviews

"The biographies of those who are included are excellent."

"It would be appropriate for many types of libraries – those who support art and design collections, journalism programmes, retail management or even popular culture."

“I love, love, love this database!”

“The photographs are exceptional – from both a resolution and a design/layout point of view.”

"The Fashion Photography Archive is a wonderful database, and is reasonably priced considering the depth and breadth of its resources.”

"If you support fashion in any way shape or form, I highly recommend this database."
- Jan Comfort, Engineering Research Librarian, Clemson University, USA

"A subscription to the archive includes access to much more than just the images, even though these in of themselves are an incredibly rich resource ... What I also love about the resource is the layout, which clearly shows you the image with details categorised to the left, many of which you can click on to access related content."
- Emma Davenport, Worn Through blog

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"The work of the independent publisher Bloomsbury, the new online archive features everything from top designers’ graduate shows to candid shots of original supermodels like Naomi, Kate and Helena ... Bloomsbury’s FPA is a fully-searchable and meticulously indexed digital resource that's being billed as a ‘treasure trove’ for students, designers and fashion historians."
- Esra Gurkan for MailOnline

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