Fashion Accessories Resources?

I can’t seem to find any Fashion Accessories-focused Libguides/subject guides out there.  Have you seen any?  If so, please share the link.  If not, I have to make one – FAST!  (Our accessories students are waiting.)  So, please share your favorite accessories resources.  Thanks for any help you can offer!  🙂

Your suggestions for building collaborations with FTC faculty…

Hi all…  Marie Botkin of Georgia Southern University presented on building collaborations with FTC faculty during the FTC SIG’s workshop at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference last April.

(See her presentation, Dangerous Liaisons: Buiding Bridges Between Faculty &
Librarians, Marie Botkin
 , at

Her main suggestions, plus some others, are included here:

  • Encourage co-collection management
  • Solicit information resource suggestions from faculty and students
  • Weeding parties with faculty
  • Instruction (information competencies in fashion design)
  • Student research consultations
  • Research sources
  • LibGuides (General subject guides, or guides tailored to specific courses)
  • New databases
  • Fashion blog curating
  • WWW resources & RSS feeds curating
  • Periodic updates featuring fashion items via email

Do you have others unique ways that you are collaborating with your FTC faculty?  If so, Cecilia and I would love to hear about them.  Thanks!

Fashion Librarians’ Resource LibGuide

Well, you all have been busy!  🙂

I’ve just checked my LibGuide stats.  Since our SIG’s Fashion Librarians’ Resource LibGuide was published earlier this year, it’s gotten 1810 hits!

I’m thrilled to know that you’re finding this resource so helpful!

Please keep sending me suggestions (via direct e-mail or via this blog) for new additions to our LibGuide.  And my sincere thanks go out to all of you who’ve helped so far!

Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide:


Trend Assignment for Fashion Forecasting Students

The best time to analyze up and coming fashion trends is during Fashion Week. Inspire students to think like trend analysts who work for fashion forecasting companies, such as the analysts from Fashion Snoops!

Goal: Formulate Visionary Trends for Spring/Summer 2013

Purpose: To train fashion students to identify and validate trends using their analytical and creative skills in a team setting

Scope of assignment:

Students form groups to analyze the current Spring 2012 fashion shows. The groups will review each designer show from the major fashion cities, such as NY, Paris, Milan, and London. From the review, students identify and record common macro trends from each city.
From the list of the macro trends, students define and group their findings into micro trends. The number of micro trends is dependent on the most common findings. Once they present their findings, students will either conclude that they have gathered similar or different trends from other groups.
If the majority find a common trend or trends that they see are relevant to the global market and have selling potential, then as a class, students can create mood boards, with supporting color palettes, flats and fabrics to create a visionary forecast for Spring/Summer 2013.

I hope that this idea will open doors to many other assignments that will allow students to put their creative and analytical skills to the test providing them real world experiences needed in the forecasting industry.

Also, I’m currently working on an upcoming presentation and I am looking for ideas to see how librarians and faculty are integrating forecasting trend services in their classrooms. If librarians can share their trend database-based assignments to help me with my presentation, it would be much appreciated.  You can email me or call me direct at 646-395-3147

Happy Trending!

Cecilia Oliva, Fashion Snoops,

The new Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, set to open in September 2012

The new Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, set to open in September 2012.

(9/20/11 – UPDATE:  I’ve just corrected the URL.  Thanks, Fred, for alerting me to the misdirected link!)

Sandra Ley (FTC Moderator)