Artstor’s Fashion and Costume Webinar: February 25, 3 – 4 PM EST

Sign up for a free webinar to discover the many resources the Artstor Digital Library has to offer in Fashion and Costumes.

Learn about collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Brooklyn Museum Costumes and its 6,000 images of American and European costumes and accessories; Condé Nast’s Fairchild Photo Service, featuring thousands of images from the fashion world’s preeminent image gallery; Gazette du Bon Ton, consisting of French fashion plates from the famed magazine published between 1912 and 1925; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston collection, which boasts approximately 1,000 images of costumes and jewelry.

We will also discuss use cases and conduct sample advanced searches to topics related to fashion and costume history, such as aspirational clothing, European-made textiles and clothing based on Asian designs, and the technology behind the textile trade.

The webinar is scheduled for February 25, 3 – 4 PM EST and is free to everyone, from those considering a subscription to experienced users. Sign up here.

Digital Archives: Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI)

Kyoto Costume Institute (KCI) Digital Archives

Kyoto Costume Institute Archive Web Page
Kyoto Costume Institute Archive Web Page

“A digital archives including digitized versions of holdings is available to the
public in the KCI Study Room under a fee-paying, reservation-only basis.
Providing support for the work of designers and researchers, text and visuals
are available for all 12,000 items (costume, underwear, accessories, etc.) in
the collection. The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and
text information for 200 objects in the collection, arranged in chronological




Exhibition: Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India

Chaganlal (India, active 1916–45), Maharana Bhupal Singh (r. 1930–55), India, Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur, c. 1940, Opaque watercolor on photograph, and cardboard mount, South and Southeast Asian Acquisition Fund, M.2004.192.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Chaganlal (India, active 1916–45), Maharana Bhupal Singh (r. 1930–55), India, Rajasthan, Mewar, Udaipur, c. 1940, Opaque watercolor on photograph, and cardboard mount, South and Southeast Asian Acquisition Fund, M.2004.192. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Exhibition:  Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India

Where:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (California, USA)

When:  August 10, 2013–October 12, 2014

About:  “South Asian artistic traditions were dramatically transformed by the political, social, and economic changes that accompanied India’s passage from native to colonial rule in the nineteenth century. Artists formerly employed by Indian princes came to work for English officials and merchant elites, adjusting their practices to suit their new patrons’ tastes. English artists and expatriates introduced new genres and pictorial styles to India, while foreign demand for Indian luxury items brought about aesthetic transformations in textiles, silver, and other goods. The exhibition explores a complex and fascinating visual history, and brings together rarely-seen artworks from LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian, Costume and Textiles, and European Painting and Sculpture Departments.”

42nd Annual Conference ARLIS/NA in WA, D.C.

Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C.
Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C.

Greetings all!

Please review the newly updated “Conference” tab for our upcoming 42nd Annual ARLIS/NA Conference to be held in Washington, D.C.  (See above.)

As always, the FTC SIG annual meeting will be held at the conference (date and time to be announced.)  If there’s anything you’d like to discuss or share at our meeting, please contact me directly and I’ll try to fit it into our agenda.

Several of the world’s finest fashion publishers will be exhibiting this year:  Bloomsbury Publishing / Fairchild Books / Berg Fashion Library, Schiffer Fashion Press, and ProQuest’s Women’s Wear Daily Archive.  Make every effort to visit their stands in the exhibitions hall, review their new information resources and, above all, and thank them for supporting ARLIS!

Now’s the time to secure your travel funds with your respective institutions and reserve your room in the fabulous Grand Hyatt Washington.

I hope to see you there!

Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator)


Name that fashion style!

Pentatonix sings Lorde's "Royals" a capella.
Pentatonix sings Lorde’s “Royals” a capella

We’ve had a request from one of our members.  Does anyone recognize this fashion style?  If anyone does, and can provide its name, we’ll add it to our Fashion Styles list.  (FIDM, Parsons, Pratt, New School, etc. librarians in particular:  Would you show the image to your student workers and ask them to clue in us old folks?  Thanks!!!)

(By the way – this group is talented!  Have a look at their video!)

Pentatonix sings Lorde’s “Royals” a capella.

VERY IMPORTANT: Short Bloomsbury Survey for FTC Librarians

Hi everyone!  Kevin Ohe, Academic U.S. Publishing Director for Bloomsbury (Berg Fashion Library, Fashion Theory, Fairchild Books, AVA Publications, etc.), has asked me to post a message and survey link, which follows below.  Please complete the short (11 questions) survey which touches on a very important issue for all fashion, textile & costume librarians.  Thank you very much!

Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator,



Over the past couple of years Bloomsbury has brought together a number of imprints that publish titles in fashion: Berg, publisher of the Berg Fashion Library and Fashion Theory, among others; Fairchild Books, the leading fashion textbook publisher; and AVA Publications, a publisher of highly innovative, highly visual books on fashion and related topics. We publish textbooks, journals, reference, monographs, and general interest titles.  We’re considering bringing all of our content together onto a single platform which could open interesting product opportunities, and I’d be very interested in your thoughts on the matter.

We’ve created a survey, if you’re interested:

If you’re headed to Philadelphia for ALA Midwinter and would like to chat about this in person, please let me know.

Thanks so much for your consideration.

Kevin Ohe, Academic US Publishing Director

Stunning Digital Fashion Images Online: Europeana Fashion Now Available to the Public

Court train, 1809. Collection Centraal Museum Utrecht. © Collectie Centraal Museum, Utrecht The Netherlands / Dea Rijper
Court train, 1809. Collection Centraal Museum Utrecht. © Collectie Centraal Museum, Utrecht The Netherlands / Dea Rijper

Press Release

Europeana Fashion Now Available to the Public

Florence – December 13, 2013

On 13 December 2013, the Europeana Fashion portal ( will become available to the public for the first time. Europeana Fashion allows everyone to discover hundreds of thousands of fashion items from 19 leading European fashion and costume institutions on a single website.

The Europeana Fashion portal offers access to exquisite fashion objects – drawings, garments and accessories -, some of which have never been seen on the internet before. All come with detailed information written by experts from partnering institutions.

The availability of the portal marks the beginning of stage two of the Europeana Fashion portal which is being developed in three stages. In addition to ongoing development Europeana Fashion is actively seeking contributions from the public on how to improve the site. An easy-to-use feedback form is available on the website.

The results of the ongoing development and feedback will be used in the second version of the Europeana Fashion portal, set to be released in July 2014. A final version with more than 700,000 items will be launched in February 2015.

The Europeana Fashion project is coordinated by Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale.

For further information contact: Marco Rendina (

Press contact: Alessandra Arezzi Boza (

Europeana Fashion Partners:

Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale (IT), National Technical University of Athens, MoMu Antwerp (BE), Royal Museums of Art and History (BE), Internet Architects (BE), Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), Netherland Institute for Sound and Vision (NL), Catwalkpictures (BE), Stockholms Universitet (SE), Museum of Applied Arts (RS), Les Arts Décoratifs (FR), MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda (PT), Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (EL), Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (DE), Archivio Emilio Pucci (IT), Pitti Immagine (IT), Centraal Museum Utrecht (NL), Nordiska Museet (SE), Rossimoda (IT), Museo del Traje (ES), Wien Museum (AT), Archivio Missoni (IT)

Gabrielle de Pooter

Communication Advisor Online Media Europeana Fashion Project