This is going to be a brilliant resource.
"The Gallery of Costume is delighted to have been awarded a generous grant from the Getty Foundation to enable us to sort, organise and make accessible our photographic archive to support research and scholarship through web access.The Gallery of Costume photograph collection forms part of the significant library and archive accumulated by Drs C Willett and Phillis Cunnington during the 1930s.
Since 1947 when Manchester Corporation acquired the archives, they have been considerably expanded and are now the most comprehensive specialist resource for dress study outside London.The archive of images comprises over 25,000 portrait photographs dating from the 1840s onwards, although the bulk of the photographs are from the period 1860 - 1914."
Same reason why I rate this. A blinding use of this blogging lark. All this knowledge being assimilated. Fuck Art lets dress up........