Recommendation: Trend Newsletter Science of the Time

Science of the Time is a trend research & innovation network, based in the Netherlands. However, the trends they identify are far from being confined to the Dutch border…
I would like to recommend to check out their website, but above all:  to  subscribe to their free  weekly newsletter, entitled Science’s Signals.

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Fred Goudswaard
librarian AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute


From 8 September 2013 till 16 February 2014 MoMu Antwerp will present the exhibition ’50 Years Antwerp Fashion Department’. The exhibition is one of the many projects of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp celebrating its 350th anniversary.

The exhibition will highlight various aspects of Antwerp fashion education during the first fifty years of its existence: the department’s specific curriculum and its education and evaluation methods, the importance of graphic design in fashion, the various generations of students and their careers, the friendship and emergence of the ‘Antwerp Six’ (Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Walter Van Beirendonck, Marina Yee, Dirk Bikkembergs) and Martin Margiela, and the graduation projects of some of the most noteworthly alumni.

This exhibition paints a picture of the programme as an artistic cocoon. Students are encouraged to achieve their utmost potential and expand their skills as well as developing an artistic signature on which they can build their future career.

The exhibition illustrates how diverse the careers of the Academy’s alumni are and how this programme has left a mark on the international fashion world.

Help! WGSN Update Problems…

Hi all,

As many of you know, WGSN trend forecasting database has recently updated their interface and eliminated their mood board function.  This was very disappointing to our faculty who had already integrated WGSN mood board assignments into their syllabi.  Now we’re trying to scramble to find an alternative mood board tool.  We cannot ask students to purchase software, and we cannot use any online tool that will not protect WGSN images from being seen/used by the general public online.  We also need a tool with a fairly simple interface.  I’d love to know if any of you are dealing with this issue, and if you have any suggestions for creating mood boards.

Also, we’ve been unable to create new WGSN folders for some time now.  (We’re getting error messages.)  I’ve tried using multiple browsers, clearing my cache, switching computers…  Nothing works.  Is anyone else having this problem?

I’d appreciate any advice you can send my way.  Thanks!

Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)


FTC SIG Blog: 209 followers!

Hello FTC SIG Members!

I’ve recently received a surprisingly large number of requests to join our group.  Naturally, I’m always happy to see new members and have already sent out the invitations.

What’s particularly striking is our blog statistics.  WordPress shows that the FTC SIG blog now has 209 followers!  (Who knew there were that many people interested in fashion, costume and textile librarianship and information resources?!)  We are lucky to have blog subscribers not only from North America, but also from all over the world:  Japan, Brazil, the UK, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Germany, on more.  We’re getting multiple blog hits from all over the world – Australia, Indonesia, Mexico… Far too many to list.  Whatever’s happening, you’re getting the word our that we’re a helpful resource, and I’m very grateful!

Please continue to share your ideas for both our blog and our Fashion Librarians’ Resource Guide.   You can send your thoughts via the blog or directly to me at  Thank you all for your continued interaction and support.  We’re building a great community of professionals!

Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator)