Fashion blogs of note

Knowing we’re all so busy, I try to keep messages on this list to a minimum.  However, a recent article from California Apparel News (Maven Ronda Walker Brings the Factory People Together, Dec. 2-8, 2011) caught my attention for its mention of five major fashion blogs, three of which weren’t included on my “blogs to watch” LibGuide list:

One other website was mentioned that should be of interest to anyone interested in fashion studies / fashion film:

Show Studio

“SHOWstudio has pioneered fashion film and is now recognised as the leading force behind this new medium, offering a unique platform to nurture and encourage fashion to engage with moving image in the digital age.”

All links have been included in the FTC “Fashion Librarians LibGuide“:


All these links should provide useful information on the industry and creative inspiration for students.




Exhibition – “Made in Vintage: Valentino & Yves Saint Laurent from the Poma-Swank Collection”

Exhibition: “Made in Vintage: Valentino & Yves Saint Laurent from the Poma-Swank

Collection” Location: Musei Mazzucchelli / Brescia, Italy

Date: November 5, 2011 – March 31, 2012


FTC SIG Member Anna Maria Poma Swank, in conjunction with the Mazzucchelli Museum in Italy, has curated a vintage fashion exhibition highlighting 1970s & ’80s designs from Valentino and YSL from her own private collection. If you’re anywhere near Brecia in the next few months, this exhibition looks like a real treat. Congratulazioni, Anna!!! Mostra: Valentino e Yves Saint Laurent ai Musei Mazzucchelli di Brescia Made in Vintage, in programma ai Musei Mazzucchelli di Brescia il 5 e il novembre, verrà inaugurata la mostra collaterale “Valentino e Yves Saint Laurent nella collezione Anna Maria Poma Swank”, che resterà aperta fino a marzo 2012, in cui verranno esposte più di 70 creazioni dei due grandissimi stilisti realizzate dall’inizio degli anni ‘70 alla metà degli anni ’80:

Exhibition – Samurai: Armor of the Warrior (Paris)

Exhibition:  Samurai:  Armor of the Warrior

Location:  Paris, France

Date:  Tuesday 8 November 2011 to Sunday 29 January 2012

“For the first time in Europe, the musée du quai Branly presents the exceptional collection of samurai armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. The exhibition aims to show the public the culture, lifestyle and art of the samurai warrior in Japanese society over almost nine centuries through various types of objects, including full suits of armor, helmets, and full horse armor, used for both battle and ceremonial parades.”

New! Valentino Virtual Museum (Valentino Garavani Archives)

“Valentino Garavani, legendary fashion designer, has defined a unique world of couture for almost half a century. Now his achievement takes radical new form, in keeping with the creative traditions of the house: THE VALENTINO GARAVANI VIRTUAL MUSEUM
Over 5000 documents have been installed in a spectacular 3D Palazzo.
After downloading the desktop application each visitor can create their unique route through the galleries, to discover and enjoy every aspect of Valentino’s extraordinary world.”

What do you need? Value-added EDU resources within trend forecasting services

Since I founded the ARLIS/NA FTC SIG last year, I have been advocating for certain “value-added” educational features within online subscription information resources related to our field.  In particular, I am interested in developments within the major trend forecasting services (TFSs).  While TFSs are primarily commercial in their purpose,  interactions with my fashion faculty and students have convinced me that educational (EDU) subscribers would benefit greatly from the addition of some non-commercial features.

For example, faculty within educational institutions that subscribe to trend forecasting services would make good use of trend forecasting assignment suggestions (beginning to advanced levels), trend forecasting course outlines and syllabi, glossaries, etc.  Students would appreciate outreach events or contests.  (For example, student-focused online webinars, career information, trend/forecasting-focused contests with official awards that could be featured on their resumes, etc.)

My college subscribes to WGSN alone.  Can anyone here tell me if any of the other TFSs offer value-added educational content such as I’ve described?  (Chime in, Cecilia, if you can share on this.)

Does anyone have suggestions regarding what kind of value-added EDU content they’d like to see in TFSs?  I’d greatly appreciate your ideas and opinions!  Thanks!