Recorder for 2013 annual meeting minutes?

My sincere apologies, but our FTC SIG meeting minutes from 2013 seem to have fallen into a black hole. If you were the kind individual who took our meeting minutes at the Pasadena conference, would you please contact me off-list: Thank you!
Sandra Ley

More Library Journal fashion reviews

Hi everyone,
Here are several more fashion book reviews I’ve written for Library Journal. They are in Book Review Index Online Plus also.

Review of The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish, by Linda Przybyszewski. Library Journal 139: March 15 (2014): 118.

Review of The Killer Detail: Defining Moments in Fashion; Sartorial Icons from Cary Grant to Kate Moss, by François Armanet and Élisabeth Quin. Library Journal 139: February 15 (2014): 102.

Review of Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, by Laurie Anne Brewer and Kate Irvin. Xpress Reviews: December 6 (2013).

Review of Punk: Chaos to Couture, by Andrew Bolton & others. Library Journal 138: August 1 (2013): 92.

Review of Sustainable Fashion Handbook, ed. Sandy Black. Library Journal 138: June 1 (2013): 105.

Additionally, I wrote a longer review of the Berg Fashion Library that was published in the fall: Art Libraries Journal 38:4 (2013): 58-60.

Best wishes!
Lindsay King /

Article for your faculty, students: The Creation of a Thakoon Fashion Show

The Creation of a Thakoon Fashion Show: How Thakoon Panichgul Took a Pattern from Idea to Runway Look.

Wall Street Journal. Feb 5, 2014 9:33 p.m. ET.

Designer Thakoon Panichgul by Rebecca Greenfield for The Wall Street Journal


Europeana Fashion to host second International Conference at Victoria and Albert Museum on 9 April 2014

In collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Europeana Fashion is hosting its second international conference “Made in Italy: re-use of fashion heritage and new digital perspectives” on 9 April 2014 in London. The conference will examine the fascinating intersection of fashion archives and the digital world.

2006 Caleidoscopio Gorizia – Archivio Missoni © Missoni S.p.A

In the light of the V&A’s latest exhibition “The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014”, the conference approaches the theme of the digital re-use of fashion heritage from the particular view of Italian fashion houses, museums and archives.

These institutions do not only guard brands’ patrimonies, they play an active role in the creativity and production of these brands. Nowadays managing heritage does not mean to look back nostalgically but instead to draw codes and values from the past to make them relevant for contemporary contexts and new hybrids. The materials kept in archives inspire future collections, underpin marketing campaigns and support cultural productions, such as exhibitions, special projects or fashion film.

Ongoing dissemination of archives via the Internet now allows a continuously growing audience to discover and re-use fashion materials. This particular digital context in combination with archives’ potential to generate new forms of fashion culture and fashion communication is what this conference seeks to explore.

Speakers include Jane Reeve, CEO of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, and Luca Missoni, Creative Director at Missoni as well as noted fashion historians such as Amandia Triossi from the Bulgari Heritage Collection.

The conference is the second in a series of three annual international conferences organised by Europeana Fashion that explores the relationship between the fashion industry, the digital world and the Internet. This conference is co-funded by the European Commission within the ICT Policy Support Programme.

Register for the conference. Attendance of the conference is free, but registration is required. View full programme.

Wed 9 April 2014 10:30-17:30 Victoria and Albert Museum The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, London

ARLIS/NA Conference in D.C.: Tours and sites of interest to the FTC SIG


By now you will have noticed that there aren’t any specific FTC-related tours on the upcoming conference agenda.  Not to worry!  Kathy Woodrell, the Conference Local Arrangements Co-Chair, has created a list of tours and sites that should be of interest to our group.  (See below.  And, thanks, Kathy!)

NOTE:  If anyone has any particular interest in visiting one of the venues not included in the ARLIS/NA official tours, please note your interest here.  If enough people express interest, we can set a time and share cab fair.

Sandra Ley, FTC SIG Moderator



Tours of interest to the Fashion, Textile, and Costume SIG of ARLIS/NA, and to others interested in the Decorative Arts.

Compiled by Kathy Woodrell, ARLIS/NA 2014 Local-Arrangements co-chair

ARLIS/NA-sponsored tours:

Hillwood:  Home of heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood is extraordinary. Mrs. Post wore gorgeous clothing and shoes, and there are usually dresses, shoes, and dazzling jewelry on display. On the tour of the mansion you will see opulent  collections and objects including the largest collection of Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, and a phenomenal collection of Sevres porcelain and French decorative arts. The greenhouse is filled with blooming orchids, and you can wander the 25 acres of landscaped gardens and natural woodlands at your leisure.  

George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Woodlawn Plantation: ;  This tour will highlight three historic homes. Household textiles are on view in each of these magnificent homes. Some clothing is on view at Mount Vernon. Personal posessions of George and Martha Washington are on view in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center on the grounds of Mount Vernon.

Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State : Two tours are being offered. One is combined with the Federal Reserve Board and its contemporary art collection. The other is the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State. This is one of the finest collections of Federal and early American-era furniture; while textiles are not the emphasis of the collection, they can be seen in some of the exquisite furnishings. This tour will be of interest to decorative arts aficionados.

Behind-the-Scenes Lace Tour:  I have confirmed a tour of the lace collections at the National Museum of American History on Friday, May 2 from 10:00 to noon. [I am close to confirming a concurrent tour of the quilt collections for the group during the same time – everyone on the tour will see both lace and quilt collections. I will announce this tour on ARLIS –L as soon as it is finalized.]  See additional information below about other textile-related collections at this museum.

Non-ARLIS/NA tours and venues

National Museum of American History  The Museum has an exhibit of First Ladies gowns, which depict the fashion progression in the United States as worn by First Ladies throughout history. There is also a small exhibit on quilts and textiles in the National Museum of American History.  And don’t overlook the flag that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner – .  One of the largest textile fragments on display, seeing the remains of this flag that survived the Battle of Baltimore and inspired Francis Scott Key is a moving and patriotic symbol of our history.

Although not textile-related, who can resist peering into Julia Child’s kitchen from her Cambridge Massachusetts home? This is the kitchen where The French Chef was filmed for many years.   

The DAR Museum  has a large collection of quilts on display. In addition, their period rooms have a wide variety of household textiles, and occasionally include costumes and typical clothing of the period.

The National Gallery of Art West Wing has an amazing collection of Federal and Early-American era furnishings in the Kaufmann collection.  While not focused on textiles, this exemplary collection of furniture and related decorative arts objects is a recent addition to the National Gallery of Art collection, and is phenomenal.

The National Museum of the American Indian has many displays in cases that include beaded moccasins, ceremonial clothing, basketry, and other textiles from a variety of North American tribes. Although not textile-related, the cafeteria in this museum offers a wide variety of native-American foods.

Anacostia Community Museum has an astonishing exhibition of beadwork titled “Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Ubuhle was established as a platform where local African women could use the beading skills they inherited as a means of achieving financial independence. The museum also has an exhibition titled Home Sewn: Quilts from the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Textile Museum – The Textile Museum is currently transitioning to a new site and a new cooperative partnership. During the ARLIS/NA conference, no exhibitions are planned, and no collections can be seen. More information about the Museum’s newly announced partnership is available on the website. For those of you not attending the Society Circle event on Thursday, May 1, The Textile Museum is sponsoring an event at George Washington University titled “Do You Nuno? The Story of Nuno Textiles.” For more information please visit the Museum website above, and look under “calendar.”