Knowing we’re all so busy, I try to keep messages on this list to a minimum. However, a recent article from California Apparel News (Maven Ronda Walker Brings the Factory People Together, Dec. 2-8, 2011) caught my attention for its mention of five major fashion blogs, three of which weren’t included on my “blogs to watch” LibGuide list:
One other website was mentioned that should be of interest to anyone interested in fashion studies / fashion film:
“SHOWstudio has pioneered fashion film and is now recognised as the leading force behind this new medium, offering a unique platform to nurture and encourage fashion to engage with moving image in the digital age.”
All links have been included in the FTC “Fashion Librarians LibGuide“:
(See the WEBSITES/PATHFINDERS TAB – BLOGS box).
All these links should provide useful information on the industry and creative inspiration for students.
Exhibition: “Made in Vintage: Valentino & Yves Saint Laurent from the Poma-Swank
Collection” Location: Musei Mazzucchelli / Brescia, Italy
Date: November 5, 2011 – March 31, 2012
FTC SIG Member Anna Maria Poma Swank, in conjunction with the Mazzucchelli Museum in Italy, has curated a vintage fashion exhibition highlighting 1970s & ’80s designs from Valentino and YSL from her own private collection. If you’re anywhere near Brecia in the next few months, this exhibition looks like a real treat. Congratulazioni, Anna!!! Mostra: Valentino e Yves Saint Laurent ai Musei Mazzucchelli di Brescia Made in Vintage, in programma ai Musei Mazzucchelli di Brescia il 5 e il novembre, verrà inaugurata la mostra collaterale “Valentino e Yves Saint Laurent nella collezione Anna Maria Poma Swank”, che resterà aperta fino a marzo 2012, in cui verranno esposte più di 70 creazioni dei due grandissimi stilisti realizzate dall’inizio degli anni ‘70 alla metà degli anni ’80:
Exhibition: Samurai: Armor of the Warrior
Location: Paris, France
Date: Tuesday 8 November 2011 to Sunday 29 January 2012
“For the first time in Europe, the musée du quai Branly presents the exceptional collection of samurai armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. The exhibition aims to show the public the culture, lifestyle and art of the samurai warrior in Japanese society over almost nine centuries through various types of objects, including full suits of armor, helmets, and full horse armor, used for both battle and ceremonial parades.”
Since I founded the ARLIS/NA FTC SIG last year, I have been advocating for certain “value-added” educational features within online subscription information resources related to our field. In particular, I am interested in developments within the major trend forecasting services (TFSs). While TFSs are primarily commercial in their purpose, interactions with my fashion faculty and students have convinced me that educational (EDU) subscribers would benefit greatly from the addition of some non-commercial features.
For example, faculty within educational institutions that subscribe to trend forecasting services would make good use of trend forecasting assignment suggestions (beginning to advanced levels), trend forecasting course outlines and syllabi, glossaries, etc. Students would appreciate outreach events or contests. (For example, student-focused online webinars, career information, trend/forecasting-focused contests with official awards that could be featured on their resumes, etc.)
My college subscribes to WGSN alone. Can anyone here tell me if any of the other TFSs offer value-added educational content such as I’ve described? (Chime in, Cecilia, if you can share on this.)
Does anyone have suggestions regarding what kind of value-added EDU content they’d like to see in TFSs? I’d greatly appreciate your ideas and opinions! Thanks!
DREAMSUITS. Designs by Nudie Cohn, the Rodeo Tailor – featuring the collection of Bobbejaan Schoepen is an exhibition of fascinating outfits, accessories and ephemera by the legendary Nudie Cohn. Drawn from the personal collection of iconic Belgian entertainer Bobbejaan Schoepen and his wife Josée, this show — curated by fashion historian Mairi MacKenzie and designer R. Cerimagic — will be the first European exhibition to examine the work of the Ukrainian born tailor who revolutionized the clothing of Country & Western Music.
Originally a designer of highly embellished g-strings for New York strippers, Nudie Cohn moved to Hollywood in 1947 and originated the rhinestone cowboy look that has become visual shorthand for Country & Western style. His fantastical, intricately embroidered and heavily ornamented outfits adorned the backs of numerous music and film stars, including Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, John Wayne, Elton John, Cher, John Lennon, Steve McQueen, Johnny Cash, and Bobbejaan Schoepen. Today his work is still sought after and admired. Contemporary musicians such as Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream, Mike Mills from R.E.M. and Beck, fashion photographers such as Craig McDean and fashion designers from Tommy Hilfiger to Ralph Lauren have been inspired by his incredible designs. Bobbejaan Schoepen was a lifelong client and collector of Nudie Cohn designs. This resulted in a close friendship between the two men, and an exceptionally large and well-preserved collection of Nudie designs. This exhibition will celebrate both Nudie’s very particular aesthetic as well as the relationship between these extraordinary men.
In parallel with the exhibition at the MoMu gallery, Lannoo publishers produced a catalogue, written by Mairi MacKenzie: DREAMSUITS. The Wonderful World of Nudie Cohn, including archival material from Nudie Cohn, Bobbejaan Schoepen and other stars, detailed pictures of the suits and the story of the Rodeo Tailor.
DREAMSUITS. Designs by Nudie Cohn, the rodeo tailor – Featuring the collection of Bobbejaan Schoepen runs from October 28th, 2011 till February 12th, 2012 in the MoMu Gallery Antwerp. Free entrance.