REMINDER: Fashion: Now & Then Conference Proposals are Due Monday, June 8, 2015

Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来
Thursday, October 22, 2015 to Saturday, October 24, 2015
LIM College, New York City, NY, U.S.A.

Proposal Due Date: June 8, 2015

Call for Presentations

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and the global reach that the fashion industry possess. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is Passé, Presente, 未来. We look forward to proposals that will demonstrate how fashion information and the global reach of the fashion industry has evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collection development, collectors, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, ephemera, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, librarians, libraries, magazines, mapping & data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, museums, new media, oral history, patrons, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, product development, rare books, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

Call for Poster Sessions

We invite proposals for an organized poster session for the 5th Annual Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来 Conference. Organized poster sessions will consist of six posters that are organized around this year’s conference theme with all of the presenters invited by the organizer. Organized poster sessions will be scheduled for Friday, October 23rd from 5:45-6:30 PM.

Presentation Proposals and Notifications

Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author(s) and an abstract of the 15 minute paper or presentations including keywords (<500 words). Email the proposal to Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment. The proposal due date is Monday, June 8, 2015.

Notification of proposal and poster session acceptance will occur Monday, June 22, 2015.

At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference and present the paper.

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues).

Additional Information & Contact

For additional information about the upcoming Fashion: Now & Then Conference or to view information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences:

Fashion: Now & Then Blog:

If you have any questions please contact Nicole LaMoreaux, Reference & Instruction Librarian at LIM College

SCAD Annual Fashion Show, Vivienne Westwood Exhibition

This past weekend, SCAD hosted its annual Fashion Show featuring work by graduating students.

The show was recorded and can be seen online.

Here is a follow-up report from SCAD’s online student newspaper, the District.

In addition, the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred annually in conjunction with the Fashion Show. This year’s award recipient was Vivienne Westwood.

An exhibition of Vivienne Westwood’s work is on now view at the SCAD Museum of Art. Entitled “Dress Up Story – 1990 Til Now”, it will run through September 13th with a public opening reception to take place July 9. More information about the exhibition is available on SCAD’s website.

You can read this short interview with Vivienne Westwood on SCAD’s blog.

Videos for Intro to Textiles

I am looking for good videos for classroom use about:

  • fibers and yarns: types, characteristics, etc.,
  • fabrication of fibers, yarns, cloth,
  • dyeing/printing and finishing of same.

These can be free or for purchase; just need something up to date.  What we have is from 1990’s. Short is good, or capable of being divided into short sections.

Russian Veil Met OASC

Can you suggest some titles?

Thanks, fellow fabric followers,

Sherri Saines

New from Proquest: Harper’s Bazaar!

Submitted by Peg Bessette Knight

Those of you who were at the ARLIS Fashion, Textile & Costume SIG meeting in Ft. Worth may recall that I mentioned ProQuest would soon have some exciting news to share.

I’m pleased to let you know that ProQuest just announced our plans to digitize the entire run of Harper’s Bazaar, from its first issue in 1867 to the present. As you know, projects of this scale take time; we are already underway and eager to add this to our suite of periodical archives in the fashion/design/material culture/women’s studies spaces.

The Harper’s Bazaar Archive will be  on the ProQuest platform, and will be cross-searchable with Vogue, WWD, and our Historical Periodicals.

Here’s a link to our Harper’s Bazaar product site in case you’re interested in more information. Also, here is a link to the official news release.

Thank you, and I hope you’re as excited to hear this news as I am to share it. Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

With best regards,


Peg Bessette Knight, Senior Product Manager, The Arts
ProQuest | 789 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. | Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA | 734 646 9193


Book Review: The SFP LookBook Atelier to Runway: New York Fashion Week Spring 2015

Typically a fashion lookbook provides an overview of a designers’ collection as a marketing tool. The Schiffer Fashion Press’s (SFP) Lookbook Series takes that concept to another level by presenting a comprehensive overview of an entire season at New York Fashion Week. You could probably collect this information by browsing through an assortment of magazines and blogs, but this format is a single, cohesive big-picture snapshot, providing an experience that would be hard to replicate. The latest 4th edition, The SFP LookBook Atelier to Runway: New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 follows this template. Like its predecessors, it includes hundreds of full color photos highlighting the trends for the season in clothing, hair, accessories and makeup. For spring 2015 there is a rich and diverse range of motifs, expressed in bold pattern, texture, color and layered structure.

What is new for this edition, as the title suggests, is more of a focus on the process involved in bringing a collection from the “Atelier to the Runway”. Author Andrea Kiliany Thatcher, a fashion journalist and contributor to the Fashion Spot blog, has leveraged her access in the industry, collaborating with photographers and editors to deliver a ‘backstage pass’ to readers. While most collections are represented through runway photos with a brief mention of theme, some include more of a behind-the-scenes perspective with pre-show photos of model preparation, hair stylist interviews, and even nail art. A select few go even further, featuring interviews with the designers themselves, discussions of inspiration and concept development, sketches, swatches and more. This kind of insight into both the art and the work of being a fashion designer is a valuable tool for students and teachers and a delight for fashionistas as well.