This digital image collection includes 620 images from the London College of Fashion's Paper Patterns collection. The collection has accumulated over the years and now numbers some 800 dating from the 1920s to the present day.
The information that the patterns can provide about the history of fashion, the cascade of couture down to everyday wear and the culturally significant phenomena of home dressmaking in Europe and America makes them worthy of preservation and promotion. The collection can be searched by date or decade (where the date of publication is unknown); the name of the pattern publishers e.g. Vogue, Simplicity, McCall etc.; the type of garment e.g. dress, skirt etc or the name of the designer where this is specified.