Exhibition: Looking Good: Fashion in Virginia, 1930–1970


Where: Virginia Historical Society

When: Until October 23, 2016

“Looking good is a reflection of individual style and a reaction to larger world events.

During the middle decades of the last century, American women’s fashion adapted to the effects of a worldwide economic depression, three wars, and numerous cultural and technological changes.

This exhibition explores the transformative decades of the mid-twentieth century, when Virginian women were both producers and consumers of fashion.”

Instagram Inspiration

As we all know, a student’s third arm is their device. So why not look to the apps that they constantly use…for inspiration. I’ve listed some of the Instagram accounts that I find quite inspiring and I think others would too. Please feel free to add more suggestions to the comments area of this post.

  • @albrightfashionlibrary
  • @ArtGarments
  • @Beyondthemag
  • @Botanicaetcetera
  • @brooklynmuseum
  • @costumeinstitutelibrary
  • @Daily_Gallery_of_Shoes
  • @documentingfashion_courtauld
  • @FIDMMuseum
  • @fitspecialcollections
  • @Fox_Historic_Costume
  • @FrickCollection
  • @HarpersBazaarUS
  • @metlibrary
  • @MetMuseum
  • @museumatfit
  • @NYTimesFashion
  • @PerfumeDrinkerBooks
  • @shoesinart
  • @SILibraries
  • @tate
  • @TMagazine
  • @The_Art_Of_Dress
  • @VAMuseum
  • @VogueRunway
  • @WhatFranWore

MoMA Releases Free Online Archive

The MoMA recently announced that they have released a free online archive that goes back to their first exhibit in 1929. The archive includes over 3,500 exhibits and over 30,000 exhibition images.

In addition to the new archive, the museum also has over 70,000 pieces of art available to view online for free.

You can view the new archive here.

You can view the individual pieces online here.

Offer: Archive collection of American Fabrics

Washington State University Libraries has an almost complete collection of AFF, 1946-1986, (originally American Fabrics, then American Fabrics and Fashion) available.  This duplicate collection, missing 2-3 issues, is in good condition and includes almost all the fabric samples.  The collection is free to an educational institution, museum, or non-profit organization willing to pay the shipping costs.  The collection is in 12 archive records boxes; each box weighs about 23 pounds.

Please contact me off the listserv if you are interested.

Thank you.  Mary Gilles gilles@wsu.edu

Mary Gilles

Business and Economics Librarian

Terrell Library 120E

Washington State University

Pullman, WA 99164-5610

509-335-8740; gilles@wsu.edu