Vendor Highlight: WWD Educational Services

Written by Randi Segal

WWD takes the future professional lives of your students seriously and we know that starts with our relationship with you, the resource librarians. Currently WWD boasts a prestigious list of fashion schools looking to equip their students and academics with the most relevant topics concerning the business of retailing, fashion, beauty and luxury. For over 106 years, WWD remains the most well-established authority in the fashion/retail field and is always first to market with fashion industry news. Many schools insist that their students get comfortable navigating WWD content as they know it is a resource that will likely stay with them throughout their careers.

When we work together, you always have a direct contact (usually me) who will provide solutions and actively facilitate information-gathering. If you are not currently working with WWD, here is what you should know:

·         Access is through a site license (not individual student subscriptions);

·         We even offer access when the student is off-campus, through domain-based recognition;

·         WWD offers archived content for student research;

·         We offer editorial curation based on a school’s course offerings and needs;

·         WWD will customize your package to focus on needs and budgets;

·         WWD provides additional insight through videos, business insight reports and analysis, Global Summit Summaries, etc;

·         WWD has long been considered the “Bible of the Industry” and is read by all fashion and retail industry icons.

WWD collaborates with major fashion organizations (CFDA, ITAA, AAFA) and we work to make sure our content is fulfilling the specific skills needed to succeed in the business world.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss WWD‘s offerings at

Consider Coursera for a Fashion Industry Online Course

As an ARLIS/NA Retired Member currently serving on its Membership Committee, I’ve had a lifelong interest in the fashion and luxury industries. Recently, I discovered that Coursera an educational technology company which offers MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) from almost 150 global university partners had a course dealing with my area of interest.

It may also be of interest to FTC SIG Members working with students in fashion design and merchandising programs as well as ARLIS/NA museum members in this field. It can serve as an introduction to the topic or a refresher of major fashion and luxury concepts, companies, branding, consumer behavior, business models and strategies, and communication channels including digital media.

The course, Management of Fashion and Luxury Companies from the  Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy is delivered in English. It is taught by two excellent instructors, Erica Corbellini and Stefania Saviolo who are also published authors in the field. Through their use of video lectures and student and expert interviews with accompanying transcripts, Pinterest boards, and slide stacks, the instructors explore the many dimensions of the international fashion and luxury world, past, present and future.

The course can be taken for free or for a minimal fee to receive a certificate of completion.Its syllabus can be viewed online.


2017 ARLIS-NA Annual Conference Workshop Opportunity

Postcards from the Edge: Mardi Gras Culture and Costume From the Old World to the New World

Become immersed in the colorful histories of festivals, specifically, carnival and Mardi Gras. In this workshop, rare and exquisite visuals, multi-media, first-hand accounts, and documentaries will inspire discussion and insight into research materials available, along with strategies for researching festivals and relevant topics. Collections specific to carnival are held within many New Orlean memory institutions, and The Louisiana State Museum is notable for its collections on Mardi Gras. The workshop will be lead by two historians and a local Mardi Gras artist who will discuss festival culture, highlight core research materials, and share rare resources from the LSM collections.

Because the old and new traditions of festivals are deeply performative and multi-disciplinary, the workshop will be of interest to researchers of art history, craft, performance, music, costume, design, theater and dance, cultural history. The rich history of Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans from when it first started in 1703, and its origins of the old world traditions – costumes, masks and role playing – will be artfully revealed through a look into the archives and collections that preserve this culture and how it has manifested into new world traditions with Mardi Gras parades, music, and masquerades. The local artist, a Mardi Gras Indian, will discuss the practice of one of the most vibrant carnival traditions in New Orleans.

Location: Louisiana State Museum, 751 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Organizer: Deborah Ultan, Arts & Architecture Librarian, University of Minnesota

Presenters From the Louisiana State Museum:
Karen Leathem, Historian
David Kunian, Music Curator
Special Guest Mardi Gras Artist & Performer

Max Participants: 30

Fee: $30 (LSM is within walking distance, transportation not included)  

ICYMI: DH Project “Introducing American Fashion”

“Several librarians at UCLA and at least one from Yale University helped UCLA Prof. Miriam Posners’ undergraduate Digital Humanities students with research related to their projects this quarter. The projects are now live and gathered together at: Take a look: many are arts related and each project is so impressive!”*

Below is a link to a fashion project:

Introducing American Fashion: Examining the Development and Commodification of Style in America

*(Posted by Janine J. Henri, Architecture, Design, and Digital Services Librarian at the UCLA Arts Library to the ARLIS listserv)