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 Styling Text Book Rec?

Hi all,

Would you kindly share what text book your program is using for a Fashion Styling course?  We’re considering new options.

Thanks very much!

Sandra Ley, Fashion & Visual Arts Librarian

Pima Community College


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!



Fashion and the World Cup

If you’ve been watching the World Cup these past few weeks, you might enjoy Sophie Gilbert’s brief review of Simon Doonan’s new book Soccer Style: The Magic and Madness. Gilbert explains that Doonan is clearly biased towards the flashy nature of these off-duty athletes, with the book serving as “less measured historical analysis than zingy reader’s guide.” However, Gilbert (through Doonan) offers some fun insights into how soccer stars have evolved into glamorous figures over the past few decades.

Welcome to the Redesigned FTC Blog!

Your eyes are not deceiving you — we have redesigned our website!

We’re hoping that this restructuring makes the blog easier to navigate. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions & comments.

If you have suggestions for a banner image, please feel free to email warschao at This image must be 1200 x 280 pixels and should be fair use!

Online Costume & Fashion Collections

As part of an overhaul of my library research guides, I created a Tumblr to post online collections and websites covering art, architecture, and design images, books, films, photography, and more. Each collection is tagged by subject so that I can directly link to those posts on the appropriate guide. There are currently 28 items tagged fashion with sub-collections including fashion plates and costume.

thumbnails of fashion images

There are so many incredible digital collections relevant to the arts and design and we librarians know that the images and other media in these collections don’t always surface in a Google or Google Image search. Moving this content off my research guides helps with reducing information anxiety and overall web design – I no longer have massive lists of links. With Tumblr, I can post as many collections as I discover, editing or deleting when necessary.

What fashion, costume, or textile collections do you recommend?