Call for Presentations – Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion and Sustainability

Fashion: Now & Then:  Fashion and Sustainability
October 19 – 21, 2017
LIM College, New York City, NY

Call for Presentations
Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion and Sustainability
Submission Due Date: Monday, June 5, 2017
Date of Notification: Monday, June 26, 2017

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the seventh annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information as it relates to sustainability. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s conference is Fashion and Sustainability. We look forward to proposals that will examine both the current and evolving relationship between fashion and sustainability. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collection development, collectors, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, ephemera, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, librarians, libraries, magazines, mapping & data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, museums, new media, oral history, patrons, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, product development, rare books, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues).

Presentation Proposals and Notifications
Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, email address, photo (300 dpi), and short biography (<200 words) of the presenter(s) and an abstract of the 15 minute presentation (<500 words). Email the presentation proposal to Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment.

At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference and present the paper.

Proposal Submission Review Committee:, Lou Acierno, Lauren Gavin, Joanna Lamaida, Patti Jordan, Kenneth Kambara, Nicole Kirpalani, MT Teloki, and Andrea Kennedy.

About LIM College
LIM College, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering an MBA program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, MPS programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, a BS degree in International Business, bachelor’s degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required internships. Located in four buildings in Manhattan – the nation’s fashion and business capital – LIM College gives students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Chanel, and Macy’s.

About the LIM College Library and Archives
The Adrian G. Marcuse Library houses a unique, specialized collection, focusing on the fashion industry and LIM College’s major areas of study in a variety of formats (books, magazines, DVDs, e-books, electronic databases). The LIM College Archives consists of three major collections: LIM College Records, Special Collections, and Rare Books. The mission of the LIM College Archives is to identify, collect, organized, describe, preserve and make accessible the enduring records of LIM College and materials related to the fashion industry.

Additional Information & Contact
For additional information about the upcoming Fashion: Now & Then Conference or to view information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences:

Fashion: Now & Then Blog:

If you have any questions please contact Lou Acierno, Director of Library Services at LIM College

Excuse cross-posting: The ARLIS/NA Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines

Greetings FTC SIG members!

The following important message was sent on the ARLIS/NA list.  The ARLIS/NA Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines needs to be updated and right now is the time to help.

PLEASE review the fashion information competencies (pp. 19, 29, & 36) sections and make suggestions for updates and improvements!!!

Things to think about:  What information resources must your fashion design students be familiar with in order to succeed in their studies and professions?  Their assignments?  Trend forecasting databases?  Trade journals?  Social media tools?  Is there anything in the current document that isn’t relevant?

Please respond ASAP.   Many libraries are required to demonstrate teaching effectiveness with general and subject-specific Student Learning Outcomes; this competencies list provides outcomes for us all.

Thank you!




The Research & Information Services Section (RISS) is considering revising and updating the 2006 ARLIS/NA Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines. Provided that the Information Competencies were created ten years ago, how might they be updated to reflect the current research environments?

A small working group of authors of the report and RISS members are exploring answers to this question. We welcome your feedback on how you are using this professional document.

This informal survey will only take a few minutes to complete and your comments will greatly assist us.

Many thanks,
Amanda Meeks, RISS Moderator
Alyssa Vincent, RISS Vice Moderator
Jane Carlin
Alan Michelson
Shannon Marie Robinson


Shannon Marie Robinson
Liaison Librarian, Media Arts & Design, Drexel University
Twitter: @artistlibrarian
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Black Fashion Designers at FIT Museum

On view: December 6, 2016 through May 16, 2017

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Detail of dress by Eric Gaskins, Black Fashion Designers Exhibition, FIT Museum.

This sweeping exhibition showcases works of fashion designers of African descent created from the 1950s through now.  Organized into themes including “Breaking into the Industry,” “Rise of the Black Designer,” “Eveningwear,” “African Influences,” “Street Influences,” “Activism,” “Menswear,” “Black Models” and “Experimentation,” the fashions are as varied as the designers themselves.

Early fashions in the exhibition include a wedding dress by the society designer Ann Lowe, who also created Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress, and perhaps its polar opposite, the iconic Playboy bunny costume by Zelda Wynn Valdes, who designed for entertainers such as Josephine Baker and Ella Fitzgerald.  In the 1970s, designers such as Stephen Burrows and Scott Barrie became known for their fluid, disco-era fashions.  In the 1980s, Patrick Kelly (who was featured in an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2004), became the first American member of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter. The logo-centric streetwear of Dapper Dan and the loose silhouettes and vibrant palette of Cross Colours (Carl Jones and TJ Walker) grew out of the hip hop culture of the 1980s.

The fashions from recent years represent a profusion of styles.  Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, and Tracy Reese have wide appeal. Mimi Plange, Lisa Folawiyo, Stella Jean, and Aisha Ayensu of Christie Brown consciously use and reference traditional African motifs and textiles.  T-shirts communicate social messages.  Menswear designers Casely-Hayford and Grace Wales Bonner challenge traditional notions of masculinity.  Andre Walker, and Shayne Oliver of Hood by Air, push the boundaries of fashion.

The exhibition, curated by Ariele Elia and Elizabeth Way, and supported by the Couture Council and the FIT President’s Diversity Council, raises the visibility of black fashion designers and celebrates their important contributions to fashion.

Although there is no exhibition catalog, the website includes a substantial amount  of information, including an audio tour narrated by André Leon Talley, the curators, and some of the designers featured in the exhibtion; videos documenting numerous talks and a symposium that was held on February 6, 2017; and a list of resources.  The website would be made complete with an exhibition checklist listing all the fashions featured in the exhibition.

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Two Jobs open at Ohio University, Athens, OH. Come join us.

Special Collections Librarian: The Ohio University Libraries seek a Special Collections Librarian with primary responsibility for manuscripts collections.


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Saturday, 3/18/2017 2:30 PM EST : The Institute of Fashion Design in Basel Live Streaming Doing Fashion Graduate Show 2017

The Institute of Fashion Design in Basel will be live streaming  their Doing Fashion Graduate Show 2017 online tomorrow Saturday, March 18th at 2:30pm EST here: 

Instagram @doingfashionch #doingfashionbasel

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Currently on view: Exhibitions to see this Spring in the NYC Tri-State Area

Here is a list of current fashion/style/culture related exhibitions, both small and large, organized by city.  Please feel free to add more suggestions to the comments area of this post.


WHAT: Secret Life of Textiles: Synthetics

WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

WHEN: March 6th, 2017 – April 4, 2017


Curated by Sarah Scaturro (Costume Institute Conservator) and Leanne Tonkin (Costume Institute Fellow), The Secret Life of Textiles: Synthetics is the final exhibition in a series of textiles as seen through the conservator’s eyes. On view are objects from the Costume Institute’s collection that illuminate the department’s holdings and conservation approach.”

HASHTAG: #secretlifeoftextiles

WHAT: Sara Berman’s Closet

WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

WHEN: March 6, 2017 – September 5, 2017


The meticulously organized, modest closet in which Sara Berman (1920–2004)—an immigrant who traveled from Belarus to Palestine to New York—kept her all-white apparel and accessories both contained her life and revealed it. Inspired by the beauty and meaning of Berman’s closet, the artists Maira and Alex Kalman (who are also Berman’s daughter and grandson) have recreated the closet and its contents as an art installation.”

HASHTAG: #SaraBermansCloset

WHAT: From the Imperial Theatre: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries

WHERE: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

WHEN: June 25, 2016 – October 9, 2017


Drawn entirely from The Met collection, this exhibition examines these luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view. It is organized in two rotations. The first focuses on costumes used in dramas based on historical events; and the second will feature costumes from plays derived from legends and myths. The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves faithfully depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed.”

HASHTAG: #ChineseOperaCostumes

WHAT: Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond

WHERE: The Museum at the FIT, New York, NY

WHEN: March 7, 2017- April 1, 2017


“Organized by the graduate students in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s MA program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, with the support of Sarah Byrd, Ariele Elia, and Emma McClendon.”

HASHTAG: #AdrianBeyond

WHAT: Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

WHERE: Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

WHEN: March 2, 2017- August 20, 2017


“Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture celebrates the handmade fashion and style of the 1960s and 1970s.”

HASHTAG: #CounterCouture

WHAT: Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

WHERE: Cooper Hewitt, New York, NY

WHEN: Now until April 23, 2017


Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Through more than forty works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions, and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.”

HASHTAG: #TextileScraps

WHAT: Black Cowboy

WHERE: Studio Museum, New York, NY

WHEN: November 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017


“Mention the word “cowboy,” and the image that most often comes to mind—from American paintings, vintage films and television shows—is a lone ranger astride a noble white horse overlooking the plains of the Wild West. The exhibition Black Cowboy is a contribution toward overcoming the historical omission of African-American communities with long histories of keeping and training horses, and toward demonstrating that their tradition is alive and well today. Visitors to the exhibition will find cowboys in unexpected locations—riding down a busy city avenue, for example—or in complex situations, such as a rodeo held within the confines of a state prison. The images will show that African-American children and women, too, can take on the aura of this figure, who symbolizes our country’s independence and stoic pride. Black Cowboy expands our idea of what constitutes an American icon and legacy, and complicates a narrative that has been tightly woven into our popular culture. Black Cowboy is organized by Amanda Hunt, Associate Curator.”

WHAT: Gilded New York

WHERE: Museum of the City of New York

WHEN: Ongoing


“Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before.”



WHAT: Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

WHERE: Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: March 3, 2017 – July 23, 2017


Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona—including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera. The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe by focusing on her wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. It confirms and explores her determination to be in charge of how the world understood her identity and artistic values.”

HASHTAG: #okeeffemodern

Jersey City, NJ

WHAT: Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Seoul 1956-1963

WHERE: ICP at Mana, Jersey City, NJ

WHEN: February 24 – June 9, 2017


“This exhibition is the first major U.S. showing of the work of Korean photographer Han Youngsoo, who captured the dramatic transformation of Seoul in the years after the end of the Korean War.”


*Text, images, and screenshots are from the institutions’ exhibition websites.

Compiled by the 2017-2018 FTC SIG Moderators.