Call for Presentation Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then

Call for Presentation Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then

Theme: “Identity”
When: Friday, November 1, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019
Where: LIM College, Maxwell Hall, 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY
Proposal Submission Due Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Date of Notification: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Submission Proposal Form

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

We seek proposals that examine both the current and evolving relationship between fashion and identity. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion and identity: archives, libraries, special collections, museums, ephemera, fashion history, fashion studies, fashion forecasting, fashion analytics, magazines, music, media, data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, photography, preservation, product development, rare books, retail, social media, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

We look forward to receiving proposals for:
• 15-minute presentations from individuals or pairs to be grouped into sessions by the conference organizer
• One-hour panel presentations with two to four speakers addressing a common topic to be scheduled as a session. Those submitting a panel presentation proposal must have a secured commitment from all participants

In addition, we look forward to receiving proposals for a focused roundtable discussion and focused lightning round sessions addressing:
• 15-minute presentations on the topic of fashion, identity, and cultural appropriation to be moderated and grouped as a roundtable discussion
• Five-minute lightning round presentations on the topic of music, fashion, and identity
• Five-minute lightning round presentations on the topic of fashion and identity in library and archival collections

The event will take place Friday, November 1, 2019 and Saturday, November 2, 2019 at LIM College in the Maxwell Hall building at 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY.

Presenters are expected to register for the conference at a discounted presenter rate by Saturday, August 31, 2019 to confirm your participation.

Submission Proposal Form
Proposal submissions are due Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Proposal Submission Review Committee: Lou Acierno, Lauren Gavin, Joanna Satalof, Patti Jordan, Kenneth Kambara, Nicole Kirpalani, Andrea Kennedy, and Ali Petherbridge.

About LIM College
Founded in 1939, LIM College educates students for success in the global business of fashion and its many related industries. As a pioneer in experiential education, LIM College fosters a unique connection between real-world experience and academic study in business principles, offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs. LIM College is located in four buildings in Manhattan — the nation’s fashion and business capital — giving students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, Barneys New York, Chanel, and Neiman Marcus.

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 collects, organizes, describes, preserves and makes accessible the enduring records of LIM College and materials related to the fashion industry. Its holdings include the LIM College Records, special collections of industry professionals, rare books, forecasts, periodicals, textiles, and more. The collections foster scholarship among the LIM College community and industry researchers.

Additional Information & Contact
Information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences.
If you have any questions please contact Lauren Bradley, Technical Services/Reference Librarian at LIM College at

Fashion: Now & Then

WHAT: Fashion: Now & Then

WHERE: LIM College, 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Saturday, October 20, 2018

Join us for the eighth annual Fashion: Now & Then conference.  This year’s conference theme is “Fashion and Culture.”Jo Weldon, author of the book Fierce: The History of the Leopard Print will open the conference with the presentation Leopard Print and the Bad Mother (Oct. 18, 5:45-7:00 p.m.).  The Keynote Presentation, Forming Narratives of the Diaspora (Oct. 19, 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.) will be delivered by Joy Davis and Jasmine Helm, co-hosts of the fashion podcast Unravel. In addition, hour long sessions will examine the relationship between fashion and culture with presentations focusing on gender identity, music, entertainment, popular culture, cultural appropriation in fashion marketing, library collections, and archives.

Please visit Eventbrite for registration rates and to view the conference schedule.

Call for Presentation Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then

Launched in 2011, Fashion: Now & Then is a three-day event in which participants discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information. Presenters are drawn from academic institutions, museums, libraries, archives, publishing and the fashion industry to represent a full range of expertise. The conference attracts speakers and attendees from throughout the globe, with themes that have included sustainability, fashion and art, and the global landscape of fashion.

This year’s conference theme is “Fashion and Culture.” We look forward to receiving proposals for 15-minute presentations or hour-long panels that will examine both the current and evolving relationship between fashion and culture.

Fashion: Now & Then will be held Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 at LIM College, Maxwell Hall, 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY.  The proposal submission deadline is Monday, June 4, 2018.

You can find the full call for presentations here.

Opportunity to win fashion journals from Intellect!

Intellect is once again running our popular competition to win a year’s online subscription for your institution’s library to our Fashion Collection of nine journals. The collection provides permanent access to the 2018 volumes and back volume access for all titles for one year to the following journals:

Clothing Cultures, Vol 5 | 3 issues p.a.,id=222/

Craft Research, Vol 9 | 2 issues p.a.,id=172/

Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, Vol 9 | 2 issues p.a.,id=178/

Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion, Vol 5 | 2 issues p.a.,id=223/

Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, Vol 5 | 3 issues p.a. (access also includes Global Fashion Brands e-book),id=221/

Film, Fashion & Consumption, Vol 7 | 2 issues p.a.,id=203/

International Journal of Fashion Studies, Vol 5 | 2 issues p.a.,id=230/

Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol 6 | 2 issues p.a.,id=205/

Studies in Costume & Performance, Vol 3 | 2 issues p.a.,id=235/

Plus: Artifact: Journal of Design Practice (Open Access),id=255/

For your chance to win, please visit Intellect’s stand (Booth #85) to collect an entry form and hand it to the Intellect representative. Alternatively, email for a form to enter the competition. (Competition closing date March 31, 2018)

[posted on behalf on Intellect]

Fashion, Textile & Costume Events at the Out of Bounds 46th Annual Conference

Now that conference registration is open, I  wanted to share a few events from the conference program that will be of interest for FTC SIG members.

TOUR: Fashion Institute of Technology’s Special Collections & College Archives*

SESSION: Fashion & Textile Lightning Talks 

This session was organized by the FTC SIG.

MEETING: Fashion, Textile & Costume SIG

Join the FTC SIG for our annual meeting!

*Space is limited. Tours are organized by ARLIS/NA New York Conference Team and not the Fashion, Textile and Costume Special Interest group. 

Call for FTC SIG Vice Moderators

Happy New Year to all!

The Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group has openings for two Vice Moderators.   Interested ARLIS/NA members are welcome to self nominate by contacting me at

New leaders will be announced at the FTC SIG meeting on February 28, 2018.


Call for Agenda Items – Annual FTC SIG Meeting

Hello FTC SIG’ers!

The ARLIS/NA Fashion, Textiles & Costume (FTC) Special Interest Group (SIG) meets on Wednesday, February 28 from 3:30 – 4:30. Join your colleagues to share ideas, discuss common challenges and hear about new information resources. We depend on our members to help shape the future of FTC librarianship!

Please let me know if you have any agenda items, or any issues you’d like to explore or discuss at our meeting.

A preliminary meeting agenda will be posted in January.

We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas, and seeing you all at the conference in New York City!