Societal Trends : Second Sight



Second Sight is a Dutch based platform, publisher and a lab about trend research and trendforecasting. The trends published in its quarterly magazine Second Sight are not “just” fashion or consumer trends: a more befitting description would be societal trends.

Since #2 (2011) the Second Sight magazine has been published in English. So i think it is about time to draw your attention to this magazine that deserves to be listed in Fashion Librarian’s Resource LibGuide and would, in my humble opinion, not be out of place on the shelves of any library that takes an interest in trends…

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Exhibition – The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art

The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art

September 21, 2012 through March 10, 2013

2320 S Street, NW / Washington, DC 20008-4088 / Phone: (202) 667-0441

Embroidered cover (detail), Istanbul, 16th/early 17th century. TM 1.22. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers. The Textile Museum. Washington, D.C.

Ottoman art reflects the wealth, abundance, and influence of an empire which spanned seven centuries and, at its height, three continents. The Sultan’s Garden chronicles how stylized tulips, carnations, hyacinths, honeysuckles, roses, and rosebuds came to embellish nearly all media produced by the Ottoman court beginning in the mid-16th century.  These instantly recognizable elements became the brand of the empire, and synonymous with its power.  Incredibly, the development of this design identity can be attributed to a single artist, Kara Memi, working in the royal arts workshop of Istanbul. The Sultan’s Garden unveils the influence of Ottoman floral style and traces its continuing impact through the textile arts—some of the most luxurious and technically complex productions of the empire.

The 2012 Textile Museum Fall Symposium will be held in conjunction with this exhibition. The Sultan’s Garden is a participating event of Turkish Heritage Month (September 2012), organized by the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Costume Institute = PUNK

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Spring Fashion Forecast for The Costume Institute = PUNK.

Left: Sid Vicious, 1977, Photograph © Dennis Morris – all rights reserved; Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011, Vogue, March 2011, Photograph by David Sims

“The Costume Institute’s next exhibition swerves to the streets and clubs of New York and London, then to ateliers and runways with PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibition, on view from May 9 through August 11, 2013, will examine punk’s impact from the 1970s to its continuing influence on high fashion now.”

Fashion: Now & Then Conference at LIM College–Registration Open

Image from LIM College fashion show at the Plaza Hotel in Spring, 1971.

Registration is open for Fashion: Now & Then! Register at .The event is free, however registration is required.

On Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th professionals from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums will gather at LIM College in New York, NY for Fashion: Now & Then, a conference on fashion information that will consist of lectures, panel discussions, and book signings. Participants will be drawn from around the globe, including the U.K., Denmark, Brazil, and Portugal.

The topics of librarians and archivists presenting at Fashion: Now & Then include:

Rocking Around the Clock: Function-Specific Work Wear and the Cultural Aesthetics of Rock and Roll in Post-War America–David Benjamin, LIM College Adrian G. Marcuse Library

The Vogue Archive Digitization Project–Marianne Brown, Condé Nast

Altering the System: American Costume Design, 1948-1980–Anne Coco, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library

Research Methods of Fashion Bloggers–Kimberly Detterbeck, Purchase College, State University of New York; Nicole LaMoreaux, Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College and the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Marie Sciangula, Purchase College, State University of New York

Nina Footwear Archive: Design Resource of the Past that Informs the Future–Zoë Ivory

The Role of Fashion in an Academic Library Collection–Lindsay King, Haas Arts Library at Yale University

Using Pop Culture to Teach Visual Literacy–Emilee Matthews, Fine Arts Library at Indiana University

Speaking about Style: Preserving a History of Fashion in the StoryCorps Archive–Virginia Millington, StoryCorps

Fashion Group International and the Practice of Cross-cultural Information Sharing–Tal Nadan, New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division

Librarian Wardrobe–Nicole Pagowsky, University of Arizona

Not Just “a Photo of a Bird in a Frock”: Learning to See Beyond Fashion Photography’s Frames–Jeanne Swadosh, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives of Parsons The New School for Design

Other presentations include:

In Her Own Style: The Fashion of Marjorie Merriweather Post–Howard Vincent Kurtz, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens & George Mason University

Fashion at Auction: Want vs. Wear–Laura Layfer, Branca Inc.

The Heather Firbank Collection: The Use and Interpretation of One Woman’s Wardrobe at the Victoria and Albert Museum London 1960-2012–Cassie Davies-Strodder, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Many more participants and presentations are listed on the website. Bios of participants are here:

The schedule of specific presentations will be announced soon.

Book Signings

Advanced Style Ari Seth Cohen

New Classic Interiors Alessandra Branca

Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-Drenched Climates Caroline Rennolds Milbank

StyleLikeU Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum

Vintage Cocktails Amanda Hallay

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street. Breakfast, lunch and an evening reception with refreshments will be provided each day. The event is free, however registration is required.

Register at  You can register for Friday, October 19th and/or Saturday, October 20th.  If you are attending both dates, please make sure you register for both October 19th and October 20th.

Event: Fashion: Now & Then

Dates: Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (coffee/pastries and sign-in from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)

Place: LIM College Townhouse, 12 East 53rd St.


For more information, click here or email

Lisa Ryan, Reference & Instruction Librarian

LIM College – Where Business Meets Fashion

216 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3304

T: 646.218.7737

Rock The Cradle!

In yesterday’s post Fashion & Technology, posted by Sley, i found the following intriguing passages:

“Technologies outside of the fashion industry also contribute to change within it.

“The goal of this exhibition is to analyze the impact of technologies on the nature of fashion and its design, and to question whether these developments push the industry forward or ultimately set it back.”


Although this is apparently not what this, by all means interesting, exhibition is about, i am tempted to read the first statement conversely, i.e.

Technologies inside the fashion industry contribute to the change outside it.

If the industry (fashion or non-fashion) would embrace the Cradle to Cradle Design principle there would be no doubt that it would help change and save both: the industry as well as the ..ehm… planet.

Therefore I would recommend to buy a copy of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart William McDonough, and to put it on the shelf marked compulsory reading, if you have not done so as yet. Because guess who is at the cradle: the designer…

Fashion Institute of Technology – Upcoming Exhibitions: Fashion & Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology - Upcoming Exhibitions

Fashion Institute of Technology - Upcoming Exhibitions

Jean Paul Gaultier, Jumpsuit, Multicolor nylon/spandex, 1996, France, 96.66.1, Museum Purchase.

Fashion & Technology
Fashion & Textile History Gallery
December 4, 2012 – May 8, 2013

Fashion & Technology will examine how, throughout history, fashion has engaged with technological advancement and been altered by it. Time and again, fashion’s dynamic relationship with technology has both expanded its aesthetic vocabulary and streamlined its means of production.

In recent years, designers have made technology a focal point of their collections, but as early as the mid-eighteenth century, technological advancements were shaping fashion design and fabrication. The development of aniline dyes, the sewing machine, synthetic fibers, and zippers have all sent fashion in new directions. More recently, so have wireless circuitry and the creation of fashion design software. Technologies outside of the fashion industry also contribute to change within it. These include global transportation, the internet, blogging, online retailing, and the increased speed of global communication through digital platforms and social-media outlets.

The goal of this exhibition is to analyze the impact of technologies on the nature of fashion and its design, and to question whether these developments push the industry forward or ultimately set it back.
Fashion & Technology will begin with a display of examples from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such as a 1780s suit made with a machine-knit textile, and an 1860s dress produced using synthetic dyes. From there, it will showcase prominent developments from different time periods, travelling chronologically all the way to the present day.

The exhibition will feature objects exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s costume collection alongside a selection of textiles and accessories that highlight the multifaceted nature of technological developments. The use of video monitors and computers will enhance the exhibition, offering the opportunity to showcase works by small, cutting-edge design teams, such as the Dutch label Freedom of Creation, alongside pieces by fashion icons such as Elsa Schiaparelli, André Courrèges, Issey Miyake, and Nicholas Ghesquière for Balenciaga. Fashion & Technology is organized by Ariele Elia and Emma McClendon.

Trend Forecasting Services – Mood Board Features

I’ve been getting lots of feedback from our fashion design students regarding mood board features within our trend forecasting service.

I realize that trend forecasting services are primarily commercial (not academic) resources, but our students don’t care. Most of them are young and accustomed to using free online creative tools such as Pinterest, Polyvore, and Glogster. Students’ experiences with these tools build within them high expectations for creating mood boards. (They want lots of options for using background wallpaper or colors, multiple fonts in color, framing images with multiple style frames, color highlighting, importing & manipulating photos from the WWW, adding signage, etc.)

As a result, our students frequently report that they feel a bit disappointed with the creative options within our trend forecasting service’s mood board creative tools.

QUESTION: Have any of you been receiving similar feedback from your students? What features do they feel are lacking?

Any and all feedback will be appreciated, and visible to our trend forecasting service vendor subscribers.


Sandra Ley