Inspired by the British Library
Where do you go to get inspiration for your next designs, find the latest data on the fashion markets, get information about how to protect your creative ideas? The British Library might not be the first place that you think of – but it is a marvellous resource that just might make the difference to your creativity and the success of your business ideas.
We have collections spanning 3000 years covering every age of written civilisation, every written language and every aspect of human thought. Material held by the Library ranges from ancient Chinese oracle bones to technical reports about the latest scientific discoveries and today’s newspapers.
The British Library houses the world’s knowledge, and with over 150 million separate items it is one of the top three libraries in the world. It is the UK’s national library and the world’s leading resource for scholarship, research and innovation www.bl.uk.
How fashion world might use the Library:
See how 2nd year students at Central St Martins College of Art and Designresponded creatively to the project brief set by the British Library to create a garment inspired by its latest record breaking exhibition, The Silk Road, Travel Trade, War and Faith.
In our reading rooms you can research the collections to find the images from the past and present some of these are also available from our online picture library, You can also find information about fashion markets to help you develop your marketing plans. Click here for a sample of the reports available
If you want to learn more about protecting your ideas, then attend a free clinic to help you research patents, trade marks and registered designs.
Creative and Media Marketing Manager
The British Library
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