WWD Article – Think Tank: Planning for the Designer’s Legacy (Fashion archives & logistical considerations)

A glimpse inside the Oscar de la Renta archive.  Photographer Nicholas Calcott.

Greetings, colleagues!

For those considering careers or research in fashion archives, this WWD article about UOVO, a fine art storage and services company based in New York, will be of interest.

Think Tank: Planning for the Designer’s Legacy

By Steve NovensteinWWD: Women’s Wear Daily, January 30, 2017



2016 FTC SIG Annual Report

Hello all,

The 2016 FTC SIG annual report has been approved and published on the ARLIS-NA website. You can view the report here. We will review the report during our annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday, February 8 from 8-9am in Trafalgar.

Thank you,

Nicole LaMoreaux, Moderator of the Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group

Lauren Gavin, Vice-Moderator of the Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group

FTC E-Resource Subscriptions: Share your reality and dream

Greetings colleagues!

If you’re anything like me, you’re trying to build a professional-level FTC e-resource collection on a pint-sized budget.   I’m wondering if there’s a solution…  Would you be willing to make a list of the FTC-related resources you have, and a dream-big, deep-pockets wish list of what you’d like to have?  Please include all possible resources including, but not limited to:

History & Reference Resources:  Bloomsbury Fashion Central / Berg Fashion Library / Fashion Photography Archive

Trade Journals:  WWD Digital, WWD Archive (ProQuest), BoF, etc.

Trend Forecasting Databases:  Fashion Snoops, WGSN, Doneger Online, Trend Council, etc.

Streaming Videos:  Fashion Studies Online:  The Videofashion Library (Alexander Street), University of Fashion (video tutorials), etc.

Journal Archives:  Intellect Fashion Collection, Textile Technology Complete, etc.

Magazine Archives:  Women’s Magazine Archive, Vogue Archive, Harper’s Bazaar Archive

Business Resources:  Plunkett Research E-Division, Global Apparel Markets, EDITED

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My thanks those who have already responded privately to my previous request, notifying me of consortia that serve our colleges and universities – particularly those with fashion programs.  (If you have not yet responded, please do so:  sjley@pima.edu.)  As you may have guessed, I’m hoping to find a means to make developing our e-resource collections easier, and cheaper, for all of us.

Hope to see you at ARLIS/NA 2017!

Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Founder)


Fashion Library Consortia?

Greetings colleagues!

I would like to ask for your assistance.   I need to know if any academic libraries with fashion programs belong to a consortium that provides discount pricing for online subscription-based fashion resources (trend forecasting databases, fashion trade journals, scholarly fashion resources, etc.), OR that might be interested in arranging with vendors for discounted pricing for such resources.   (A URL to the consortium’s “Home” or “About” page would be greatly appreciated.)

You may also respond if your library is experiencing funding shortages that compromise your ability to subscribe to all the digital fashion resources your students need.

Kindly respond here, or directly to me.   Absolutely any information your can offer will be appreciated.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Sandra Ley,Fashion & Visual Arts Librarian

Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ)


FTC SIG Annual Meeting – Call for Agenda Items

Hi FTC SIG’ers!

We just posted a message to the general ARLIS/NA list.  (See below.)

Please let me know ASAP if you have any agenda items, or any issues you’d like to explore or discuss.   For example…

  • If you are experiencing specific challenges as a FTC Librarian, we want to discuss it!
  • If you’ve found any unique resources or tools that serve FTC students, let us know!
  • If there’s any area you want to know more about, bring it up!

We’re looking forward to hearing your ideas, and seeing you all at the Conference!

The ARLIS/NA Fashion, Textiles & Costume (FTC) Special Interest Group (SIG) meets on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8am – 9am in Trafalgar.

Join your colleagues from around the world to share ideas, discuss common challenges, hear about new information resources, develop projects, and plan presentations and events for the 2017 conference.

We depend on our members to help shape the future of FTC librarianship!


Established in March of 2011, the Fashion, Textile & Costume (FTC) Special Interest Group (SIG) of ARLIS/NA is a forum for sharing ideas pertinent to fashion, textile & costume librarianship. Participants capitalize on the shared experiences and knowledge of the FTC library community. The group is primarily composed of members from academic, public, museum and corporate libraries concerned with developing professional skills in areas such as reference, library instruction, and collection development.

If you have something you’d like to add to the FTC SIG Meeting Agenda, please contact us ASAP!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in New Orleans!

Nicole LaMoreaux, Moderator — Fashion, Textiles & Costume Special Interest Group
Lauren Gavin, Vice Moderator — Fashion, Textiles & Costume Special Interest Group