MA Textile Design

Meet your Librarian – Lauren Elmore

About Lauren

Lauren Elmore is the Subject Librarian responsible for year 0 and taught postgraduate courses. She studied English at University of Leicester and has a MA in Library and Information Management from Loughborough University.

How Can I Help You?

You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!

I work Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.

As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop in sessions to assist you in the run up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@norwichuni_library) for times and dates.

E-Book Collections

Try these virtual shelves which link you to ready-made collections of e-books on specific subjects.

Useful E-Book Collections for MA Textile Design:

Textile Design (O'Reilly)

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Textile Design (Proquest)

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Print Books


Textile Design are shelved on the first floor of the library from Dewey Decimal number 762.

With the exception of short loan books, everything can be borrowed for three weeks. The collection is broken down into more specific subject areas like this:

  • Main Collection
  • General works: 762
  • Textiles by country: 762.2
  • Textiles designers A-Z: 762.3
  • Materials and technology: 762.4
  • Technical works: 762.4
  • Techniques: 762.6
  • Remember that there will be useful books in other parts of the Library as well, like this:
  • Fashion: 761
  • Pattern: 744

Useful Sources of Information

Reading lists

Here are the reading lists set for each unit of your study, these will provide links to the resources that your tutors wish you to look at.


Online Resources

As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research.

Useful Online Resources for MA Textile Design:

Trends and Market Data
Access: On and Off-campus


BA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Interior DesignYear 0

WGSN is an online trend-analysis and industry research service for the fashion design and retail, and interiors industries. You can also link to their separate database, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, using the menu at the top of the screen.

To use WGSN off-campus you need to log in using your NUA email address, by clicking on the button in the top right corner. You will be asked to verify your email and username on the NUA page. After this you will be directed back to WGSN logged in.

Please note: you may only access this resource for the purposes of individual, educational study. Reports, images and overall content are for information purposes only and must not be shared or distributed across social media or any external platforms. Never share your username and password with anyone else, or provide information from the resource to a third party.

A video guide to accessing and using WGSN is available on the VLE

Access: On and Off-campus

Art & Architecture Source

BA ArchitectureBA Film and Moving Image ProductionBA Fine ArtBA Interior DesignBA PhotographyBA Textile DesignMA ArchitectureMA Communication DesignMA CurationMA FilmMA Fine ArtMA PhotographyMA Textile Design

Search here for articles from a variety of subjects including Art and Art History; Architecture; Graphics; Interior Design; Decorative Art; Commercial Art; and Film, TV and video.

Trends and Market Data
Access: On and Off-campus

Bloomsbury Fashion Central

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Bloomsbury Fashion Central is a dynamic digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. Content is peer reviewed by industry and academic experts and includes interconnected major reference works, exclusive articles, scholarly eBooks, case studies, biographies, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, textbooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world to create a rich educational resource.

You have access to three subscriptions from Bloomsbury Fashion Central – Berg Fashion Library, Fairchild Books Library, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. This resource works with your University login and should work seamlessly if you are already logged in.


Maps and Images
Access: Free Online

Visual Arts Data Service

BA Design for PublishingBA FashionBA Graphic CommunicationBA Graphic DesignBA IllustrationBA Interior DesignBA Textile DesignMA Communication DesignMA FashionMA Textile Design

VADS includes 140,000 images (fashion, textiles, posters, prints and design artefacts) from over 50 diverse UK collections. Images are copyright-cleared for non-commercial educational use and personal research.

Access: On and Off-campus

Vogue Archive

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A searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Pages, advertisements, covers and fold-outs have been included, with rich indexing enabling researchers to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.


Journals and magazines cannot be taken out on loan, but you are welcome to browse the latest issues and back copies held on the first floor of the Library.

Journals and magazines are a valuable source of visual and written material to help you in your research. It’s a good idea to get to know the titles related to your course because:

  • They are up to date.
  • Often the material in them covers contemporary activity and news.
  • Young animators and designers will be covered in journals long before they are covered by books.

Below you will find a small selection of magazines and journals related to your course.
To see all of your course publications, use the link at the bottom of this list.

Selected MA Textile Design publications:

Access: On-Campus
Availability: In Print
Status: Archived


BA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Textile DesignMA FashionMA Textile Design

The first trend magazine for flowers and plants and how they relate to fashion, interiors and other industries. Ceased publishing 2021.

Access: On-Campus
Availability: In Print
Status: Current


BA Textile DesignMA Textile Design

Produced by the Embroiderer’s Guild to raise the profile of textiles and stitched art, this journal includes current news of the latest shows and events from around the UK.

Access: On and Off-campus
Availability: Online
Status: Current

Textile : the journal of cloth and culture.

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Textile brings together research in textile studies in an innovative and distinctive academic forum. Peer-reviewed and in full-colour throughout.

Access: On-Campus
Availability: In Print
Status: Current

Textile Report

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International trend information for the whole of the textile and fashion market.

Access: On-Campus
Availability: In Print

Viewpoint Colour

BA FashionBA Fashion Communication and PromotionBA Fashion Marketing and BusinessBA Textile DesignMA FashionMA Textile Design

Viewpoint Colour, created by View Publications in collaboration with FranklinTill Associates, is a unique magazine devoted to colour. Catering to all colour conscious industries, the magazine provides visual inspiration, direction and a global perspective on colour from the world’s leading colour experts.


Useful websites for Textile Designers

  • AXIS Artists Database

    Axis is the best online resource for information about contemporary art. The website features profiles of professional artists and curators, interviews, discussions, art news, debates and showcases the artists to watch.

  • Fashion and Textile Museum

    Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery.

  • The Textile Society

    The Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles, both traditional and contemporary.

  • Victoria and Albert Museum Textiles Collection

    The V&A holds the national collection of textiles and fashion, which includes more than 75,000 individual objects or sets of objects that span a period of more than 5,000 years, from Predynastic Egypt to the present day.

  • Costume Society

    The Costume Society is a lively, friendly organisation whose aim is to promote the study and preservation of historic and contemporary dress.

  • Fashion Revolution

    An organisation made up of designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers campaigning for the fashion industry to value people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.

  • United Nations – 17 Goals to Transform Our world

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

  • Westminster Menswear Archive

    The Westminster Menswear Archive was founded to establish and maintain a collection of garments and related artefacts to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view; to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline, and to be used as a resource tool to inform contemporary menswear design.