August 2009

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October 2009 Functionality Update

New feature: “search within this article”

We are very happy to announce that you can now choose to limit your search to the article you are viewing. Allowing users to search for terms within a single article, this new functionality is particularly helpful with large articles spread over multiple pages, such as large country articles and articles on families.

This new search tool has been developed in response to user feedback. We are confident that this enhancement will greatly improve users’ research experience. The “search within this article” box is located near the top left of each entry. Simply click on the plus sign [+] to open the search box, enter your term (s) and click ‘search’. The search box expands to display a convenient list of search hits along with headings to contextualize them.

August 2009 Update

Understanding Fashion as a Visual Art

This month, Grove is proud to present in full the fruits of our collaboration with Nancy Deihl and Lourdes Font of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Focusing on fashion as a visual art, with an eye on women’s fashion, high fashion, and the work of individual designers, this core of essential entries on fashion offers more than 100 new and revised articles and over 160 new images. We would like to extend a special thank you to The Museum at FIT and FIT’s Gladys Marcus Library for generously providing many of the key images for the update.

Our newest Subject Guide will lead you through Grove’s fashion content. As so eloquently put by Grove’s guest editors in the Guide, “Fashion is a complex cultural phenomenon. It can be fruitfully studied through the lens of economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, semiotics, and other disciplines as well as the history of art and design.” It is our hope that this Grove fashion update provides you with a foundation for better understanding fashion as a visual art.

While these images and articles are accessible via search and browse, here are a few specially selected notable highlights:

New Articles

  • Fashion: Origins and development
  • Fashion and technology
  • Fashion: Categories of design
  • Christian Dior
  • Mary Quant
  • Callot Sœurs
  • Azzedine Alaïa

New Images


  • Paul Iribe: Les robes de Paul Poiret
  • Jean Paul Gaultier: Sketch of designs for men and women
  • Achille Devéria: 5 Heures du Matin (Woman in an evening dress, after the ball)
  • Vivienne Westwood: Ensemble from the Anglomania collection
  • Yves Saint Laurent: Evening dress from the African collection
  • John Galliano: Dress (for Christian Dior)

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

With this update, you’ll also find 57 new articles and 99 images from the Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture, the most current, comprehensive, and reliable information on this topic of burgeoning importance in world history and the visual arts.

Previous Updates

  • The June 2009 update included Grove coverage of both Classical art and materials and techniques in art. Grove introduced 28 new articles relating to Classical art including the Collection and display of Classical art, Roman Spain, and a biography of Dioskourides. New content on materials and techniques in art included enlightening articles on Motion picture film and Magnetic tape. Generously provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we also introduced nearly 50 new beautiful images from across the globe depicting the materials and techniques that artists and craftspeople use to create objects.
  • November 2008 update—Grove coverage of decorative arts
  • July 2008 Update—Including 500 updated bibliographies, nearly 100 revised articles, and new Medieval Art images
  • July 2008 Letter from the Editor
  • March 2008 Update—Including an interview with Marie-Claude Beaud
  • October 2006 Update—Women artists
  • September 2005 Update—Asian contemporary art update