“The elaborate costume collection at Drexel University is housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. This website brings together archival data and detailed graphics culled from the collection. The hope is that fashion and textile design students, fashion professionals, historic costume scholars, and followers of fashion trends will be able to use these materials to inform their own work. Visitors can use the Search section to look over 3D panoramas and detailed bibliographic records by designer, category, decade, or fabric. It is definitely worth looking at the velvet and wool items under the fabric heading. Design detectives can use the Mystery area to look over items that are a mystery to the researchers here – if they have any clues, they are encouraged to pass them along. Finally, the Digital Gallery area has some fine views of past shows by Geoffrey Beene that appeared on campus.”
As Kareemah mentioned in the last post, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has indeed relaunched their online collection. Wow! What a stunner it is, and useful, too.
Researchers can browse by century and decade, and those wishing to focus on Menswear or Accessories can do so easily. The object records include fields regarding the designer, manufacturer, the date/season, the medium, and provenance, as well as a concise descriptive paragraph – all of which make this online collection eminently easy to search.
Other visual resources available to the public from the Fashion Institute of Technology include some newly digitized designer clippings files (Chanel, Schiaparelli and Adrian) and images from the FIT Special Collections and Archives (SPARC). Clipping files and images from SPARC can both be found in FITDIL (chose the option to log in as guest), SPARC images can also be found on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/people/fitspecialcollections/
As you know, I hope to update our blog banner with a new illustration every 3 months. Our latest banner went up this month, so I’m looking for a new banner to post in the Fall. Do you know any fashion illustrators – professional illustrators, faculty, students, or FTC SIG members – who might be interested in sharing their creative work with our group? In exchange, they’d get the glory of being in the ARLIS FTC SIG spotlight, as well as being able to include an artist’s biography. Please send me your suggestions by responding to this post, or via e-mail.
Nicole Pida is pursuing an associate’s degree at Pima Community College in Tucson. Her main areas of focus are illustration and fashion design. She is also studying Japanese language and culture, both of which provide inspiration for her art. After concluding her studies, Nicole plans to teach English in Japan while freelancing as a fashion illustrator. For more examples of her work, please visit her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Elska-%C3%BEig-Freelance-Fashion-Illustrations/151108964992366.