What is a database?
A database is an organized collection of data. The
data is typically organized based on a particular subject or multiple
What is a fashion database?
A “fashion database" is one that collects,
organizes, and displays information regarding apparel, shoes, and/or
fashion accessories. It may possibly include information regarding
fabrics, textile fibers, machinery, trimming components (hangers,
buttons, sewing threads, hangtags, labels), etc. An industry
specific database may include information about service providers in
addition to products.
How to manage a database?
Typically a fashion database will utilize
some sort of management system. Database management systems are
computer software applications that interact with the user, other
applications, and the database itself to capture and analyze the data.
A general-purpose DBMS is designed to allow the definition, creation,
querying, update, and administration of databases.
Apparel Search can be considered a fashion industry database because
the site collects and displays information on the subject of our
industry. However, as of April 2015, the site does not utilize a
typical database management system. Our systems and processes will
most likely change in the future. To see one of company sites that
does use a database system (as of 2015), you can view the
Clothing Industry Directory website.
Well-known DBMSs include MySQL, PostgreSQL,
Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase and IBM DB2. A database is not
generally portable across different DBMSs, but different DBMS can
interoperate by using standards such as SQL and ODBC or JDBC to allow a
single application to work with more than one DBMS. Database management
systems are often classified according to the database model that they
support; the most popular database systems since the 1980s have all
supported the relational model as represented by the SQL language.
Sometimes a DBMS is loosely referred to as a 'database'.
Below are a few resources that we think use
databases to collect fashion industry information and resources:
https://www.fitnyc.edu/20829.asp (student access only)
You can also check the
clothing manufactures database page for additional examples.
If you are aware of more educational information on
this subject, please let us know so that we can update this page.