Fashion, Textile, & Costume Job Opportunities

As promised in our meeting at the 2016 ARLIS-NA Annual Conference, we will try to add fashion, textile, and costume librarian and archivist job opportunities throughout the year. Here are some jobs and internships that we have come across during the last couple of weeks:

Job Opportunities:

Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Contemporary Art; The Textile Museum

  • More information can be found here.

Assistant Head of Research & Instructional Services; Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY

  • More information can be found here.

Assistant Photo Researcher-Weekends and Weekdays; Refinery 29

  • More information can be found here.

Collections Management Associate/Ratti Textile Center Department; The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • More information can be found here.

Internship Opportunities:

American Textile History Museum Internship Opportunities

  • More information can be found here.

The Textile Museum Internship Opportunities

  • More information can be found here.

Center for Knit and Crochet (CKC) Internship Opportunities

  • More information can be found here.

If you know of other opportunities, please share them on the blog.


ARLIS/NA-VRA 2016 and Librarian Wardrobe

The ARLIS/NA-VRA 2016 Annual Conference photos have been uploaded to the Librarian Wardrobe blog. You can view the latest photos here.

We would like to thank our volunteers: Lana Bittman, Nichole DeMichelis, Vaughan Hennen, Athea Merredyth, and Gabrielle Reed.


Fashion, Textile, & Costume Special Interest Group Meeting – ARLIS-NA 2016 Annual Conference

ARLIS/NA Conference 2016
Fashion, Textile, & Costume Special Interest Group Meeting
The Westin Seattle, Seattle, WA; 10 March 2016; 3:30-4:30 pm

Moderator, Carla-Mae Crookendale, presiding


  • 20 in attendance

Old Business

  • ARLIS-NA/Librarian Wardrobe Survey Discussion:
    • See the survey results on the FTC SIG blog: /2016/02/05/arlislibrarian-wardrobe-collaboration-survey-results/
    • Questions and Comments:
      • Will this be an ongoing partnership?
        • We believe so.
      • Someone said that they used Librarian Wardrobe in their Library school class and really appreciated the LW blog.
      • Someone stated that they believed that the LW blog breaks down expectations and stereotypes of librarians.
      • Everyone seemed to like the questions that we were asking in addition to the person’s name, title, and institution.
        • Someone suggested that we also ask ‘how would you describe your personal style?’
        • Someone also suggested that the form clarifies that the questions are optional.
      • Possibilities for future SIG opportunities:
        • Continue to add new and existing resources to the blog so that all SIG members can continue to add new resources to their repertoire.
        • Add more connections to special collections and costume cataloging and management.
        • Add costume thesauri to the FTC SIG Research Guide.
        • More posts on the following topics: how fashion relates to big data, scholarly research focused on menswear, relationship between fashion and medicine.
        • Propose a panel for 2017 ARLIS-NA Conference in New Orleans.
        • Propose a fashion workshop for either the 2017 or 2018 annual conference.
        • Add job listings to the blog if you become aware of any jobs related to fashion, textiles, or costumes.
        • Clothing swap was suggested. We would need to figure out logistics as most people try to pack as little as possible when coming to the annual conference.

New Business

  • Bloomsbury – Kimberly Petit:
    • Berg Fashion Library:
      • Program will be transferred to new platform this summer.
      • New Updates to the database:
        • Addition of exhibitions
        • New timeline feature
        • New partnerships.
      • For up-to-date news on BFL: request to be on the email list.
    • Fashion Photography Archive:
      • This will live under Fashion Central.
      • Curated by Valerie Steele.
      • Will provide timelines and lesson plans.
      • A soft launch is slated for summer 2016.
    • Cultural History of Fashion:
      • The second edition of this textbook will be released at the end of 2016.
    • Interior Design/Architecture:
    • University of Fashion:
      • Several SIG members’ institutions subscribe to the database.
        • Were pleased with the database, but suggested a possible name change.
      • It’s an online website of sewing tutorials.
      • Provides users practical skills.
  • ProQuest – Suzanne Bokern:
  • Textile Hive – Caleb Sayan:
    • It’s a textile archive based on textiles that his mother, Andrea Aranow, has collected throughout the years.
    • It contains over 40,000 textiles from 50 countries. Dates from early 1900s-curent day.
    • Headquarters based in Portland, OR.
  • Textile Museum Journal – Lynora Williams:
    • The journal has been revived and will be looking for article proposals shortly.
      • This will be listed on the FTC SIG blog in the near future.
  • Fashion: Now & Then Conference – Nicole LaMoreaux:
    • The conference will be held Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 2016 at LIM College in New York City.
    • The theme is Fashion as Art.
    • Call for presentations and artwork will go out early April and are due early June.
    • Suggestion: conference proceedings be published.

Call for Vice Moderator

  • Discussion of what the role is.
    • Collaborate
    • Manage Blog
    • Assist with new programs for the SIG
  • Lauren Gavin, Technical Services & Reference Librarian from LIM College, volunteered. Everyone voted and agreed that she would be the vice moderator for the 2016-2017 year.

Call for recommendations for FTC-related tours & museums for ARLIS 2017 (Blog post to follow.)

Open to general questions

Close of Meeting 4:30

Trip to the Henry Art Gallery

Minutes submitted by Nicole LaMoreaux

Your help needed with ARLIS/NA 2017 Tour Requests

Louisiana State Museum curator Wayne Phillips (@LSM)

For those who attended the ARLIS/NA 2016 Conference, please take a moment and complete the post-conference survey by clicking on the following link:  ARLIS/NA+VRA Seattle 2016  The survey will close on March 31st.

Within the link, kindly request that ARLIS organize museum tours related to fashion, costumes & textiles.  For example:

  1.  Louisiana State Museum Costume & Textile Collections and Carnival Collection 

“The Louisiana State Museum has one of the largest and finest costume and textile collections in the United States. Overall the museum’s collection ranges from late 18th century to the present with the majority of objects having a Louisiana provenance. Of the approximately 15,000 objects in the collection, one third is the costumes and accessories collection, one third is the textile collection, and one third is the Carnival collection.”

Article: My New Orleans: Curator Wayne Phillips

2.   New Orleans African American Museum

“A centerpiece of the exhibits at the African American Museum is³Louisiana-Congo: The Bertrand Donation,² a collection of exquisite African bead work, costumes, masks, textiles, musical instruments and divination objects as a major part of the museum¹s permanent collection. This 70-piece assortment of original African artwork from the Democratic Republic of Congo illuminates parallels between everyday life in the Congo and Louisiana folk culture.”

There may be other such collections around New Orleans.  If so, let us know and we’ll add them here!  Hopefully, if there are enough requests, the conference organizers will arrange some behind the scenes tours for all of us.  If not, the FTC SIG will go renegade (again) and do it ourselves!  😉

Lastly, conference attendees, we thank you sincerely for joining us!  We had a great turnout at our annual meeting with updates from some of the finest FTC-content publishers in the world such as Bloomsbury, ProQuest, and Textile Hive.  See you again at the ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference in New Orleans!







Exhibition: Native Fashion Now

Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock). Boots, 2013-14.

Glass beads on boots designed by Christian Louboutin. Museum commission with support from Katrina Carye, John Coruby, Dan Elias and Karen Keane, Cynthia Gardner, Merry Glosband, and Steve and Ellen Hoffman. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Walter Silver.

Exhibition:  Native Fashion Now

Venue:  Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa, OK)

Dates:  October 2, 2016 – January 8, 2017

“From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition celebrates the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 100 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to today’s maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion. Also examined is how non-Native designers adopt and translate traditional Native American design motifs in their own work, including Isaac Mizrahi’s now iconic Totem Pole Dress.

“Featuring contemporary garments, accessories and footwear spanning a variety of genres and materials, these designers traverse cross-cultural boundaries between creative expressions and cultural borrowing. From one of Patricia Michaels’ (Taos Pueblo) recent finale ensembles from the reality television series Project Runway to Jamie Okuma’s (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock) dramatically beaded Christian Louboutin boots and innovative works made from mylar, vinyl and stainless steel, Native Fashion Now underscores Native concepts of dress and beauty, which are inextricably bound to identity and tradition in a rapidly changing world.”