Fashion and Costume Vocabulary

I think I remember the SIG members talking about costume vocabulary, but I don’t remember who or what.  Arden Kirkland is trying to bring together everyone who has made, or is interested in making, an authority list of costume terms.  We had a useful discussion at Costume Society of America Symposium last week, and I promised to make the connection.  Please reply here and I will gather it all up and pass it along.

Exhibition: Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking


MELISSA + ZAHA HADID BOOT, Zaha Hadid (Iraqi, 1950-2016) Melissa (Brazil, 1979–), Created: 2008, Materials: Melflex (TM)

What: Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking

Where: Mint Museum UPTOWN, Charlotte NC

When: May 7 2016-Jul 31 2016

“Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking includes a vast array of diverse and unique shoes from the past to the present – all from the Mint’s permanent collection . The show explores both the cultural history and the meticulous craft of shoemaking.

Shoe designs from around the world, and throughout the centuries, are celebrated and explored. Platforms, in particular, are prominently featured as fashion statements worn by both sexes. Top couture designers have created platform shoes that are unique and move – sometimes with caution to the wearer – from the fashion runway to the streets.

Pumped also includes other distinctive shoe forms that are notable for their design and construction. Venerable traditions such as leather-working are joined by the latest materials and technologies, including 3-D printing, to create shoes that are in essence wearable sculptures.”

IED Webinar: The Future of Fashion Journalism: Print vs. Digital Media

IED Webinar:  The Future of Fashion Journalism: Print vs. Digital Media
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT (NYC)

The Istituto Europeo di Design (IED – Florence, Italy) and the Senior Fashion Editor of Vogue Italia, Sara Maino, invite you to a webinar discussing the role of digital media in Fashion Journalism, highlighting the new kind of professionals and the latest communication processes.

The contemporary mass media system seems to be avoiding the traditional magazines; however, the traditional print fashion media are still strategic drivers to communicate newfangled fashion contents and lifestyle storytelling.

By comparing fashion writing and communication on digital devices and traditional print fashion press, consistent differences – as well as connections – come to our attention: on the one hand digital devices involve the user in a faster and wider way, on the other the traditional magazine (and its fashion editorials) are still a more intimate, memorable and inspiring experience.

Join the webinar, The Future of Fashion Journalism, and take part in this discussion about the present and future scenarios!

IED Istituto Europeo di Design Spa
via Bezzecca 5, 20135 Milano
Tel. +39 02 54014402

Veronica Biondi <>
Fabrice Charlot <>
Alessandro Colombo <>

Popular & Free Resources

I thought we could share some of the popular and free resources that we use outside of our regularly scheduled program (subscribed databases). Please share with your favorites with your fellow SIG members in the comments section below.

Some of my personal favorites include:

Business of FashionThis website provides up-to-date fashion industry news on topics such as technology, emerging designers, and op-eds.

Marketer’s Almanac (think with Google)Provides consumer trends using Google Analytics.

Retail Insight CenterA resource from the National Retail Federation that allows you to gather retail industry information using resources provided by the U.S. government .

For more helpful websites, be sure to check out the Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide!


Presenting and Publishing Opportunity

The Fashion: Now & Then Conference is partnering with Intellect Books’ Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion journal on a special issue. The issue, Fashion: Now & Then: Men’s Fashion as Art will be published in the fall of 2017.

More information on the call for presentations for the Conference can be found here.

  • Proposal Due Date: June 6, 2016

More information on the call for articles can be found here.

  • Proposal Due Date: August 1, 2016