Societal Trends : Second Sight



Second Sight is a Dutch based platform, publisher and a lab about trend research and trendforecasting. The trends published in its quarterly magazine Second Sight are not “just” fashion or consumer trends: a more befitting description would be societal trends.

Since #2 (2011) the Second Sight magazine has been published in English. So i think it is about time to draw your attention to this magazine that deserves to be listed in Fashion Librarian’s Resource LibGuide and would, in my humble opinion, not be out of place on the shelves of any library that takes an interest in trends…

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Exhibition – The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art

The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art

September 21, 2012 through March 10, 2013

2320 S Street, NW / Washington, DC 20008-4088 / Phone: (202) 667-0441

Embroidered cover (detail), Istanbul, 16th/early 17th century. TM 1.22. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers. The Textile Museum. Washington, D.C.

Ottoman art reflects the wealth, abundance, and influence of an empire which spanned seven centuries and, at its height, three continents. The Sultan’s Garden chronicles how stylized tulips, carnations, hyacinths, honeysuckles, roses, and rosebuds came to embellish nearly all media produced by the Ottoman court beginning in the mid-16th century.  These instantly recognizable elements became the brand of the empire, and synonymous with its power.  Incredibly, the development of this design identity can be attributed to a single artist, Kara Memi, working in the royal arts workshop of Istanbul. The Sultan’s Garden unveils the influence of Ottoman floral style and traces its continuing impact through the textile arts—some of the most luxurious and technically complex productions of the empire.

The 2012 Textile Museum Fall Symposium will be held in conjunction with this exhibition. The Sultan’s Garden is a participating event of Turkish Heritage Month (September 2012), organized by the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Costume Institute = PUNK

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Spring Fashion Forecast for The Costume Institute = PUNK.

Left: Sid Vicious, 1977, Photograph © Dennis Morris – all rights reserved; Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011, Vogue, March 2011, Photograph by David Sims

“The Costume Institute’s next exhibition swerves to the streets and clubs of New York and London, then to ateliers and runways with PUNK: Chaos to Couture. The exhibition, on view from May 9 through August 11, 2013, will examine punk’s impact from the 1970s to its continuing influence on high fashion now.”

Fashion: Now & Then Conference at LIM College–Registration Open

Image from LIM College fashion show at the Plaza Hotel in Spring, 1971.

Registration is open for Fashion: Now & Then! Register at .The event is free, however registration is required.

On Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th professionals from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums will gather at LIM College in New York, NY for Fashion: Now & Then, a conference on fashion information that will consist of lectures, panel discussions, and book signings. Participants will be drawn from around the globe, including the U.K., Denmark, Brazil, and Portugal.

The topics of librarians and archivists presenting at Fashion: Now & Then include:

Rocking Around the Clock: Function-Specific Work Wear and the Cultural Aesthetics of Rock and Roll in Post-War America–David Benjamin, LIM College Adrian G. Marcuse Library

The Vogue Archive Digitization Project–Marianne Brown, Condé Nast

Altering the System: American Costume Design, 1948-1980–Anne Coco, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library

Research Methods of Fashion Bloggers–Kimberly Detterbeck, Purchase College, State University of New York; Nicole LaMoreaux, Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College and the Gladys Marcus Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Marie Sciangula, Purchase College, State University of New York

Nina Footwear Archive: Design Resource of the Past that Informs the Future–Zoë Ivory

The Role of Fashion in an Academic Library Collection–Lindsay King, Haas Arts Library at Yale University

Using Pop Culture to Teach Visual Literacy–Emilee Matthews, Fine Arts Library at Indiana University

Speaking about Style: Preserving a History of Fashion in the StoryCorps Archive–Virginia Millington, StoryCorps

Fashion Group International and the Practice of Cross-cultural Information Sharing–Tal Nadan, New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division

Librarian Wardrobe–Nicole Pagowsky, University of Arizona

Not Just “a Photo of a Bird in a Frock”: Learning to See Beyond Fashion Photography’s Frames–Jeanne Swadosh, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives of Parsons The New School for Design

Other presentations include:

In Her Own Style: The Fashion of Marjorie Merriweather Post–Howard Vincent Kurtz, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens & George Mason University

Fashion at Auction: Want vs. Wear–Laura Layfer, Branca Inc.

The Heather Firbank Collection: The Use and Interpretation of One Woman’s Wardrobe at the Victoria and Albert Museum London 1960-2012–Cassie Davies-Strodder, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London

Many more participants and presentations are listed on the website. Bios of participants are here:

The schedule of specific presentations will be announced soon.

Book Signings

Advanced Style Ari Seth Cohen

New Classic Interiors Alessandra Branca

Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-Drenched Climates Caroline Rennolds Milbank

StyleLikeU Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum

Vintage Cocktails Amanda Hallay

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street. Breakfast, lunch and an evening reception with refreshments will be provided each day. The event is free, however registration is required.

Register at  You can register for Friday, October 19th and/or Saturday, October 20th.  If you are attending both dates, please make sure you register for both October 19th and October 20th.

Event: Fashion: Now & Then

Dates: Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th

Time: 8:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (coffee/pastries and sign-in from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)

Place: LIM College Townhouse, 12 East 53rd St.


For more information, click here or email

Lisa Ryan, Reference & Instruction Librarian

LIM College – Where Business Meets Fashion

216 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3304

T: 646.218.7737

Rock The Cradle!

In yesterday’s post Fashion & Technology, posted by Sley, i found the following intriguing passages:

“Technologies outside of the fashion industry also contribute to change within it.

“The goal of this exhibition is to analyze the impact of technologies on the nature of fashion and its design, and to question whether these developments push the industry forward or ultimately set it back.”


Although this is apparently not what this, by all means interesting, exhibition is about, i am tempted to read the first statement conversely, i.e.

Technologies inside the fashion industry contribute to the change outside it.

If the industry (fashion or non-fashion) would embrace the Cradle to Cradle Design principle there would be no doubt that it would help change and save both: the industry as well as the ..ehm… planet.

Therefore I would recommend to buy a copy of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Michael Braungart William McDonough, and to put it on the shelf marked compulsory reading, if you have not done so as yet. Because guess who is at the cradle: the designer…