LIM Conference Feedback – Fashion: Now & Then

Last week, the LIM College in NYC hosted a truly amazing two-day conference called “Fashion:  Now & Then” in which participants discussed the past, present, and future uses of fashion information.

I attended this conference, which I understand will be an annual event, and wanted to provide feedback for all those who may consider it in the future.

The event was located in the lovely mid-town Manhattan LIM townhouse.  It was very well organized and ran smoothly.  The two days were packed with a long succession of presentations by top-notch speakers from academic institutions, museums, and the fashion industry.  It was both fun and highly educational, as well as an unmatched networking opportunity.

And having Sunday off for shopping and museums in NYC was a huge plus!

I can very highly recommend this event for the future.

Lastly, I want to offer my sincerest congratulations for the event organizer, our own Lisa Ryan.  Great, great job, Lisa!!!  I’ll definitely be there next year!

Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator)

Welcome new FTC SIG members!

I’m delighted to share that our FTC SIG blog still receives a constant stream of new member requests — generally 1-5 a month.  All are welcome to subscribe to our blog, which is our only way to interact with other FTC SIG group members, and indeed the only way for us to know who are members are.

If you have any questions or concerns, would like another blog invitation, or need advice on how to post to the blog, please let me know.  I’m always happy to help!

To our existing members:  Thank you so very much for the wonderful posts you’ve shared these past months!  You’ve alerted us to wonderful new projects, articles, and exhibitions of interest to everyone.  Our work as individual  librarians is certainly advanced by the combined knowledge of many.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the next ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Pasadena.  The conference schedule and tours should be posted soon.  (You’ll notice some special events and presentations of particular interest to fashion, textile and costume librarians, so please consider attending!)  Also, if you’re coming from abroad and need some assistance, advice, or extra attention, I’m here to help!  Just contact me and I’ll do what I can.

Sandra Ley  (FTC SIG Moderator)


EU Screen: Videos from EU Broadcasters

“EUscreen offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900s until today.”

One example:  A video returned from a search of “fashion” with “English language” as a limiter.

Teenage Street Style from EU Screen

Europeana Fashion Project

Dear colleagues,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gabrielle de Pooter and I am involved in the Europeana Fashion project. I would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention this wonderful project.

On 1 March 2012 the Europeana Fashion project was launched. This exciting three-year project, co-funded by the European Commission within the ICT Policy Support Programme, will publish online by March 2015 over 700,000 fashion-related digital objects, ranging from historical dresses to accessories, photographs, posters, drawings, sketches, videos, and fashion catalogues.

Europeana Fashion is a best practice network of 22 partners, representing the leading public and private museums, archives and collections from 12 European countries. Europeana Fashion will bring together their  impressive and unique collections through Europeana ( and also through a dedicated multi-lingual fashion portal. The first launch of the portal is planned for May 2013.

Europeana Fashion is currently at the stage of preparing content to be ingested into the Europeana Fashion portal, organizing metadata and clearing intellectual property rights. The project is crafting specific guidelines for all project partners to assist them in managing Intellectual Property Rights, developing an expertise on IPR and fashion.  In addition, a Fashion Thesaurus based on the Art and Architecture Thesaurus is being created that is tailored to fashion objects specifically, enhancing the search experience for users in multiple languages.

More information about the project is available on the project website: I would also like to invite you to visit us on FacebookGoogle+,  TwitterFlickrYouTube, LinkedIn and Delicious and let us know your thoughts. You can also sign up for our quarterly newsletter here.

The Europeana Fashion project is coordinated by Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale.
For further information contact: Marco Rendina (
Press contact: Alessandra Arezzi Boza (

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Gabrielle de Pooter
Communication Advisor for Europeana Fashion
MoMu Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp


Madame Grès. Sculptural Fashion Exhibition

From September 12th, 2012 till February 10th, 2013 MoMu Antwerp presents MADAME GRÈS. Sculptural Fashion, an overview of the work of the Parisian couturier, Madame Grès (1903– 1993).

Madame Grès felt herself as much a sculptor as a fashion designer: ‘I wanted to become a sculptor. For me, working with stone or fabrics is the same thing.’

She draped or pleated the fabric directly onto the model, without artificial devices and mostly without using scissors and needles, so that she also came to be known as the pioneer of seamless garments. In the fifty years of her career, her work went through a range of stylistic periods, from Hellenistic, draped evening dresses to modern, minimalist daytime garments and stylish beachwear, always in her own specific style: sober, timeless, sculptural and utterly feminine.

Conceptually, the design of the exhibition at the Fashion Museum will be consistent with the sculptural fashion of Madame Grès. To achieve this, MoMu will work with the Belgian artist Renato Nicolodi, who has designed new elements and installations for the exhibition spaces and will also exhibit own work. His archetypal, minimalist and classically inspired works take on a stimulating dialogue with the work of Madame Grès.

MoMu welcomes and recomposes the retrospective of Madame Grès from Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris, which was presented in 2011 at the musée Bourdelle in Paris. This exhibition reunites Madame Grès silhouettes originating mostly from the Gallièra collections as well as some private collections.