WWD Education

Hello Fashion, Textile and Costume Librarians’ Special Interest Group members.

WWD is working with the academic community to enhance a school’s fashion programs via curated WWD content based on select courses that your schools are offering.  Fashion academics say that textbooks do not keep pace with the challenges and evolutions that are influencing fashion and retail in today’s fashion industry.  To help bring value to the classroom, WWD’s editors have outlined special areas of interest that present some of fashion’s biggest game changers today.  Working closely with each school, we custom-curate a weekly newsletter that delivers top-of-mind trending stories skewed to your pre-determined course.  The professor receives a new WWD Education Post each week and can then decide which topics/features he/she wishes to post on the school proxy and review in class.  It is intended to give flexibility in choices, but provide actual, case examples that are relevant to both the industry and the student.  WWD invites librarian and faculty feedback on how we could curate this weekly content newsletter based on your school program.  To start the conversation, please contact randi.segal@wwd.com.

2016 Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion as Art Conference Schedule

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College is pleased to announce the sixth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three-day event in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and art in fashion. 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 Fashion as Art. The conference will host presenters and artists that will demonstrate how fashion information and art in fashion have evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future. Presentation topics and artworks will include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collection development, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, ephemera, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, libraries, magazines, 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, textiles, and trend reporting.

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues) from Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 2016.

For more information, please check out the Fashion: Now & Then Conference schedule.

Registration is open: http://tinyurl.com/2016fnt

ARLIS/NA – 2016 Tuscany Study Tour Opportunity

ARLIS/NA – 2016 Tuscany Study Tour

The Materials Special Interest Group of the Art Libraries Society of North America, in partnership with the ARLIS/NA Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group and the ARLIS/NA International Relations Committee, announce a study tour of leather, textile, and fashion-related sites within the Italian region of Tuscany from October 16-22, 2016.

On the Material Trail: Inside the Culture of ‘Made in Italy’ is envisioned as a highly immersive program in a location like no other in the world. It is a unique opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes experience of the industries that craft the luxury products that define the excellence of ‘Made in Italy.’ Designed for librarians, curators, and those interested in and whose subject areas cover these industries, program attendees will have guided access to sites and learn from experts to gain a thorough understanding of Italy’s famous culture of making and design that is both centuries old and contemporary.

On the Material Trail will be based in the town of San Miniato in the heart of Tuscany halfway between Florence and Pisa and is accessible via rail and major airports in those two cities. San Miniato is a site on the Via Francigena, a former pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome and now the center of the Tuscan Leather District. Attendees will be welcomed by the Consortium of Vegetable-Tanned Leather, a non-profit association of twenty-two tanneries in the region that promotes the natural beauty and responsible use of this rich material. Our personal guide for this week, Diane Becker has 35 years of experience in Italy: ranging from shoe designer, department chair for Footwear and Accessory Design at Polimoda to trend forecast and brand identity for the luxury leather sector. She is responsible for didactic projects for the Consorzio Vera Pelle and the workshop Craft the Leather.

Further details can be found here.

Fashion Librarians’ Resource Guide-update

Greetings colleagues!

A recent review of the FTC SIG Fashion Librarians’ Resource Guide user statistics shows that the resource is still being well used.  In the last year, there have been nearly 900 “hits.”  (Hurray!)

One issue of concern, however, is the content box on fashion blogs which is woefully outdated.  I’ve suppressed the content box from public view for now.  If there’s an outcry or if anyone would care to edit and update it, please let me know!

Any other suggestions from academic librarians for the guide’s improvement will be greatly appreciated.

Sandra Ley

Bloomsbury Fashion Central Webinar Recording

This is the recording of the Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group’s collaboration with Bloomsbury Fashion Central (https://youtu.be/KrcsIHz-KvA). You will learn about Berg Fashion Library’s updated interface and the digital resource, Fairchild Photography Archive, that will be launched this fall.

We apologize that we were not able to record the full session, but we did record most of the webinar.

Should you have any questions regarding subscriptions please contact, Kim Petit at kim.petit@bloomsbury.com.