Fashion Studies Journal

Fashion Studies Journal, “[an] online journal for fashion scholarship and criticism,” has recently revamped their website!

They now include a robust Exhibitions & Events calendar, and have a frequently updated page of Jobs, Internships, and Calls for Papers.


Fashion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

If you happen to be headed toward the Philadelphia region during the upcoming holidays, there are two exhibitions of interest at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now highlights the museum’s costume collection, with many pieces on view for the first time. The show includes over seven decades of fashion and includes work by Pierre Cardin, Issey Miyake, and Vera Wang among many others.

Also on view is Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Idea, a small show “starring four extraordinary dolls and their extravagant wardrobes.” The exhibit demonstrates Victorian fashion through these dolls’ clothing and accessories. Both exhibits are on view until March 3, 2019.

Exhibit: Pretty Powerful: Fashion and Virginia Women

Day ensemble worn by Nathalie L. Klaus, 1972, Cotton voile, V.88.237.12a,b, Hanae Mori, Courtesy Jay Paul/Richmond magazine

What: Pretty Powerful: Fashion and Virginia Women

Where: Valentine Museum, Richmond VA

When: Apr 26, 2018 – Jan 27, 2019

“The fashion industry in all its forms was one of the first industries to offer Richmond women of diverse backgrounds and colors an accepted professional path with prospects for personal agency. Communal participation is central to the success of the fashion industry. Through word of mouth, one woman’s social network can become another’s client base. At the same time, many of the Richmond women working in fashion have used their professional connections and successes to bring attention to the city and its industries.

In a superb display of high fashion and low from the 19th century to the present day, Pretty Powerful: Fashion and Virginia Women will examine the role of fashion in the professional, creative and social advancement of women in Richmond, Virginia.”

(content from exhibit website)

Fashion: Now & Then

WHAT: Fashion: Now & Then

WHERE: LIM College, 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Saturday, October 20, 2018

Join us for the eighth annual Fashion: Now & Then conference.  This year’s conference theme is “Fashion and Culture.”Jo Weldon, author of the book Fierce: The History of the Leopard Print will open the conference with the presentation Leopard Print and the Bad Mother (Oct. 18, 5:45-7:00 p.m.).  The Keynote Presentation, Forming Narratives of the Diaspora (Oct. 19, 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.) will be delivered by Joy Davis and Jasmine Helm, co-hosts of the fashion podcast Unravel. In addition, hour long sessions will examine the relationship between fashion and culture with presentations focusing on gender identity, music, entertainment, popular culture, cultural appropriation in fashion marketing, library collections, and archives.

Please visit Eventbrite for registration rates and to view the conference schedule.

Fashion, Style, and Aesthetics Reading Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Thursday 9/27+

The Fashion, Style, and Aesthetics (FSA) Reading Group’s goal is to amplify the fashion discourse on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. To that end, we’ll explore fashion history, criticism, and culture. Sharing projects-in-progress and reading lists is encouraged. Depending on participant interest, additional events like film screenings and panels are possible.

All with an interest in fashion, style, or aesthetics are invited to attend.

More information: See  flier with all Fall 2018 meeting times.

Sincerely yours,

Courtney Becks
Librarian for African American Studies & Jewish Studies Bibliographer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fashion x Archives Reading

Materials from The Costume Institute Special Collections processing project, now open for research access. Photo by the Celia Hartmann.

The latest In Circulation blog post (from Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art) entitled Fashion Back Stories: Linking Archival Material to Costume Institute Objects by Celia Hartmann can be found at this link:

Happy reading!