New Journal – Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption

luxuryNew JournalLuxury: History, Culture, Consumption

Frequency: 1 issue in 2014 (September) Type: Journal

ISSN: 2051-1817 / Online ISSN: 2051-1825
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Publishing
AboutLuxury: History, Culture, Consumption will be the first truly interdisciplinary, academic journal devoted to luxury, and will satisfy the demand for scholarly, unbiased and penetrating thinking on the subject. The journal will consider luxury in broad socio-cultural contexts, exploring and interrogating both our historical and contemporary understanding of the term.

Within the context of the contemporary global economic recession, our consumption of luxury is being questioned and indeed transformed, with notions of ‘affordable luxury’, ‘sustainable luxury’ and even ‘luxury for less’ suggesting a new discourse.  At the same time, the demand for luxury goods and services on a global scale is at an unprecedented level. Luxury will examine all aspects of the subject: its historical formation and understanding, its contemporary global political and economic function, alongside an exploration of how the concept of luxury remains an impetus for design, popular culture, literature and fine art.

The journal will publish peer-reviewed papers from leading academics and commentators from a variety of disciplines providing an account of luxury that includes the historical, international, political and economic, alongside those directly concerned with the contemporary luxury industry. Each issue will demonstrate the breadth and interpretation of the term that its contemporary status demands and the contestation of luxury in the form of socio-political critique will generate challenging academic debate, establishing the journal as the leading forum for those interested in the field. – See more at:

Exhibition: Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

IMG_0400.JPGSilk satin wedding dress, designed by Norman Hartnell, 1933, given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Exhibition: Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Date: 3 May 2014 – 15 March 2015

“This exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries.”

2014 Fashion: Now & Then: From Antiquity to Visionary

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October 23-25, 2014

New York City, NY, U.S.A.

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites you to attend the fourth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three-day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and technology in fashion. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is From Antiquity to Visionary. This year’s presentations will demonstrate how fashion information and technology in fashion has evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Zach Davis, co-founder of Stylitics. Stylistics is the largest digital closet platform on the web.  For more information on Stylitics please check out their site.

For more information on the conference, please check out the Fashion: Now & Then blog.

For more information on registration, please check out the Adrian G. Marcuse Library website.




LIM College LibGuide – Mood Board Services tab (HEY NICOLE! :-))

Nicole LaMoreaux from the LIM College has created a very useful list of software programs for creating online moodboards.  See the “Mood Board Services” tab:

Nicole:  Would you mind if we pulled that tab onto our FTC SIG LibGuide so we can all use it?

Everyone, if you don’t know about the FTC SIG LibGuide, see:

Does anyone have any suggestions to add to Nicole’s list?





Summer of Changes

Right now, as I write this, the blocks around 27th Street and 7th Ave in NYC are clogged with out-of-state cars and the sidewalks are piled with suitcases & storage bins, as families arrive to help their daughters and sons move in to the dormitories at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Summer is over.  The students are back.

At the library, we have been getting ready for this day for quite a while.   This summer saw a lot of changes for us – a new website, (which just launched last week), the migration of our LibGuides to new platform (which was not without its hiccups), and big changes in the trend forecasting services to which we subscribe.

WGSN acquires StyleSight

The acquisition of New York City based StyleSight by WGSN, with its headquarters in London, happened almost a year ago.  The StyleSight platform continued to operate independently of WGSN until quite recently, but at we all knew that wouldn’t last.  As subscribers to both services, we at the FIT Library wanted to know what to expect. How much of StyleSight would survive as an independent service, if any of it? Should we drop our StyleSight subscription all together for the 2014/15 academic year? Even our representatives from both offices had a difficult time giving us a clear picture, so we ended up subscribing for another year.  

It was with mixed feelings, that we greeted the new “unified” WGSN site debuted on August 4th.  The good news was that under the umbrella of WGSN – with the S now in the signature StyleSight orange – many of the StyleSight features much loved by our faculty and students could still be accessed, as could an archive of existing trend forecasts and retail analysis. Now it would be our job to explain these changes to new and returning students, as well as faculty (many of whom have built assignments around certain components of the old StyleSight).  

Adjunct Librarian, Marion Weston, swung into action putting together a succinct how-to on our Fashion and Trend Forecasting LibGuide. Although the folks at WGSN have provided very handy Cheat Sheets, we knew that wasn’t going to be enough for the faculty and returning students.  We also all got together for a mini-training and discussion session. With many forecast workshops in the docket already, none of us wanted to look foolish in front of a classroom of impressionable new students.  Of course, we have not been alone in preparing for these changes.  Uptown from FIT, Nicole LaMoreaux of the LIM library, has also done a nice job of explaining the changes on her Product Development & Fashion Forecasting LibGuide.  

I would be interested to hear what other librarians and libraries have been doing to prepare students and faculty for the site merger of WGSN and StyleSight?  Is it no big deal or do you have concerns?  Was your institution a subscriber to StyleSight in the first place? Were your students and faculty heavy users of it? 

Oh . . . and what do you think of Doneger Creative Services’ new look for 2014? It took us surprise.

Latest News from Europeana Fashion

We just published our latest newsletter with news about:

over 300.000 objects now available in the portal, among which a lovely set of fashion illustration from Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris

video footage of the 2014 conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, you cna now watch all the lectures online

the new look of the Tumblr, plus all curations are now ordered by theme

the upcoming conference in February 2015 in Antwerp, it will take place in the last week of February

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Communication Advisor Online Media Europeana Fashion Project

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New Fashion Information Resource: The University of Fashion

The University of Fashion



The University of Fashion is the brainchild of Francesca Sterlacci, a New York fashion designer, educator and author. Her mission is to preserve the art and craft of fashion design by bringing together the best fashion industry professionals to create lessons that inspire and educate students, teachers, home sewers and the fashion curious.

Each University of Fashion video is carefully crafted to provide the viewer with a clear, step-by-step lesson in all the key design disciplines, including draping, patternmaking, sewing, fashion art and product development.

By marrying the latest Internet technology with leading edge fashion education, the University of Fashion has filled a void in the world of online fashion education.

In additional to our how-to videos, the University of Fashion offers lectures on industry relevant topics and takes the viewer on location to key industry events and places.

Colleges around the country are currently using the University of Fashion to:

  • Strengthen existing curriculum with expert tutorials in major fashion subjects
  • Assist instructors with lesson plans
  • Reinforce teaching skills and methods
  • Inspire instructors to teach new subjects and methods
  • Provide fashion industry-based knowledge & techniques
  • Improve student retention rates by giving students access to supplemental learning and on-demand tutoring
  • Save the expense of tutoring as students utilize U of F on-demand videos for their projects
  • Stay current with fashion trends, technology and the pulse of the fashion industry

For a limited time only, the University of Fashion is offering schools a free six-month free trial. To sign up, visit

University of Fashion YouTube Channel:  Video Selection

Myrna Dorfman, University of Fashion Education Consultant

(541) 868-5811