Call for Presentation Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then

Call for Presentation Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then

Theme: “Identity”
When: Friday, November 1, 2019 – Saturday, November 2, 2019
Where: LIM College, Maxwell Hall, 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY
Proposal Submission Due Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Date of Notification: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Submission Proposal Form

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the ninth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a two-day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information as it relates to identity. Participants will be drawn from libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, museums, and the fashion industry to represent a full range of expertise.

We seek proposals that examine both the current and evolving relationship between fashion and identity. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion and identity: archives, libraries, special collections, museums, ephemera, fashion history, fashion studies, fashion forecasting, fashion analytics, magazines, music, media, data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, photography, preservation, product development, rare books, retail, social media, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

We look forward to receiving proposals for:
• 15-minute presentations from individuals or pairs to be grouped into sessions by the conference organizer
• One-hour panel presentations with two to four speakers addressing a common topic to be scheduled as a session. Those submitting a panel presentation proposal must have a secured commitment from all participants

In addition, we look forward to receiving proposals for a focused roundtable discussion and focused lightning round sessions addressing:
• 15-minute presentations on the topic of fashion, identity, and cultural appropriation to be moderated and grouped as a roundtable discussion
• Five-minute lightning round presentations on the topic of music, fashion, and identity
• Five-minute lightning round presentations on the topic of fashion and identity in library and archival collections

The event will take place Friday, November 1, 2019 and Saturday, November 2, 2019 at LIM College in the Maxwell Hall building at 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY.

Presenters are expected to register for the conference at a discounted presenter rate by Saturday, August 31, 2019 to confirm your participation.

Submission Proposal Form
Proposal submissions are due Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Proposal Submission Review Committee: Lou Acierno, Lauren Gavin, Joanna Satalof, Patti Jordan, Kenneth Kambara, Nicole Kirpalani, Andrea Kennedy, and Ali Petherbridge.

About LIM College
Founded in 1939, LIM College educates students for success in the global business of fashion and its many related industries. As a pioneer in experiential education, LIM College fosters a unique connection between real-world experience and academic study in business principles, offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs. LIM College is located in four buildings in Manhattan — the nation’s fashion and business capital — giving students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including Refinery 29, Harper’s Bazaar, Barneys New York, Chanel, and Neiman Marcus.

About the LIM College Library and Archives
The Adrian G. Marcuse Library houses a unique, specialized collection, focusing on the fashion industry and LIM College’s major areas of study in a variety of formats (books, magazines, DVDs, e-books, electronic databases). The LIM College Archives collects, organizes, describes, preserves and makes accessible the enduring records of LIM College and materials related to the fashion industry. Its holdings include the LIM College Records, special collections of industry professionals, rare books, forecasts, periodicals, textiles, and more. The collections foster scholarship among the LIM College community and industry researchers.

Additional Information & Contact
Information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences.
If you have any questions please contact Lauren Bradley, Technical Services/Reference Librarian at LIM College at

Agenda for our meeting on Friday 3/29/19

Please check the ARLIS/NA 2019 conference website for updated location information.  Right now, we are scheduled to meet at Grand America Hotel: Grand Ballroom D – Plenaries (Level 1) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

1:00pm-1:15pm Introductions
1:15pm-1:20pm Announcement – Fashion: Now & Then at LIM
1:20pm-1:25pm Review of Annual Report
1:25pm-1:30pm Discussion of Business of Fashion (and other resources)
1:30pm-1:40pm Discussion of Fashion Design Information Competencies
1:40pm-1:50pm Bloomsbury resources, with Tomas Rene

Lauren Bradley of LIM will join us as our vice-moderator of the SIG.  Welcome, Lauren!

Safe travels to everyone and we look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City.


Fashion Design Information Competencies

This month’s issue of College & Research Libraries News features an article, The art of information literacy: New competencies for art, architecture, and design learners, co-authored by our very own FTC SIG vice-moderators Shannon Robinson and Alyssa Vincent.  The article discusses the update of the information competencies for art, architecture, and design (June 2018).  Thank you, Shannon and Alyssa, for helping to lead the revision of these competencies!

Coming to the ARLIS conference in Salt Lake City?  You can hear more about this project at the RISS meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30pm.

If FTC SIG members are interested, we can discuss the competencies for Fashion Design during the FTC SIG meeting on Friday, March 29 at 1pm.

Please post topics that you would like to discuss at the SIG meeting below!

Be a vice-moderator for our SIG!

The Fashion, Textile & Costume SIG would like to invite self-nominations for the role of Vice-Moderator for 2019-2020. The Vice-Moderator will assume the role of Moderator in 2020-2021.

Moderators and Vice-Moderators perform the following duties: reach out to new members, manage the SIG blog and resources, arrange webinars on resources for researching fashion, liaise with the ARLIS board, and organize the SIG meeting at the ARLIS conference. It’s fun and requires only a modest time commitment.  Attendance of the conferences (including the 2019 conference in Salt Lake City) is beneficial, but not mandatory.

If interested, please email Jennifer Weinraub at with a few sentences about yourself.