Fashion and the World Cup

If you’ve been watching the World Cup these past few weeks, you might enjoy Sophie Gilbert’s brief review of Simon Doonan’s new book Soccer Style: The Magic and Madness. Gilbert explains that Doonan is clearly biased towards the flashy nature of these off-duty athletes, with the book serving as “less measured historical analysis than zingy reader’s guide.” However, Gilbert (through Doonan) offers some fun insights into how soccer stars have evolved into glamorous figures over the past few decades.

Consider Coursera for a Fashion Industry Online Course

As an ARLIS/NA Retired Member currently serving on its Membership Committee, I’ve had a lifelong interest in the fashion and luxury industries. Recently, I discovered that Coursera an educational technology company which offers MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) from almost 150 global university partners had a course dealing with my area of interest.

It may also be of interest to FTC SIG Members working with students in fashion design and merchandising programs as well as ARLIS/NA museum members in this field. It can serve as an introduction to the topic or a refresher of major fashion and luxury concepts, companies, branding, consumer behavior, business models and strategies, and communication channels including digital media.

The course, Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies from the  Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy is delivered in English. It is taught by two excellent instructors, Erica Corbellini and Stefania Saviolo who are also published authors in the field. Through their use of video lectures and student and expert interviews with accompanying transcripts, Pinterest boards, and slide stacks, the instructors explore the many dimensions of the international fashion and luxury world, past, present and future.

The course can be taken for free or for a minimal fee to receive a certificate of completion.Its syllabus can be viewed online.


New Fashion Book Reviews from Library Journal

Library Journal put together a special set of fashion reviews, and you can read them online whether or not your institution subscribes:

Two reviews are by yours truly!

Assorted fashion book reviews

At Sandra’s request, a list of my recently-published fashion-related book reviews, in Library Journal and Art Libraries Journal.

Review of A History of the Paper Pattern Industry: The Home Dressmaking Fashion Revolution, by Joy Spanabel Emery. Art Libraries Journal 40:1 (2015).

Review of Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles, by Hugo Vickers. Library Journal139: November 15 (2014): 83.

Review of Vogue: The Gown, by Jo Ellison. Library Journal 139: November 1 (2014): 87.

Review of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, by Rhonda K. Garelick.Library Journal 139:September (2014): 110.

Review of The Language of Fashion Design: 26 Principles Every Fashion Designer Should Know, by Laura Volpintesta. Library Journal 139: April 15 (2014): 82.

Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation, “Digging into Digital Art History Data,” at the ARLIS conference! The panel, called Doing Digital Art History, was recorded and should eventually be available on the ARLIS/NA website.

Lindsay King/


Teaching (and Learning!) Tools from Berg Fashion Library


As librarians, many of us do instruction on Fashion and Textile topics, or assist faculty in finding resources for their classes. Berg Fashion Library is of course a great resource for this as it includes a range of materials including encyclopedias, books, scholarly articles and images. To facilitate the effective use of these offerings, Berg has provided two teaching aids – Lessons Plans and Biblio Guides.

The Lesson Plans which feature compelling themes such as Gender and Fashion Media include an introduction to the topic, discussion questions, recommended readings and suggested ‘Enrichment Materials’ not included in Berg such as relevant films or websites.

The Bibliographic Guides are much more comprehensive, designed to provide an “overview of all the key readings and schools of thought within a particular disciplinary perspective.” In The Social Psychology of Dress, for example, the many aspects of how and why we dress and modify our bodies – from clothing and jewelry to surgery and Ipods – are touched on through a literature review along with a full list of references for further research.

For all of us who are interested in the study of Fashion, these resources can also just be fun and informative, an opportunity to think more broadly and deeply about a subject that surrounds us, and that we participate in every day.

Book Review: Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton


Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton will be released on September 4, 2014.  This book is a compilation of interviews, conversations, essays, and photographic collections from 642 contributors and their unique relationship with clothes. (Includes interviews with Miranda July, Cindy Sherman, Lena Dunham, and several fashion/costume designers.)  Women in Clothes dives into the complexities of how clothes forms our identities as women – spanning generations, cultures, countries, class, gender, sexuality, and fashion.  Clothes act as our outward persona and simultaneously our shield.  Clothes can be intensely connected to memory.  The stories held within are touching, relatable, and often raw. After reading Women in Clothes, you will have renewed enthusiasm to wear whatever makes you feel most like you. 

Additional Notes:  This post is pulled from my Tumbr, however I felt it would be perfect to share with Fashion, Textile, & Costume Librarians SIG!  Also, I am a Professional Reader on Netgalley which allows me to read books prior to their release.  It is FREE for librarians – sign up today and request!