Costume Institute Exhibition + Gala

The Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ Costume Institute’s 2019 exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fashion opens May 9 and runs through September 8. The exhibit showcases hundreds of objects from the seventeenth century through today. Just what is camp? Watch the Met’s video on the exhibition to find out.

The exhibition theme is framed around Susan Sontag’s essay Notes on Camp (1964). You can freely download the essay from Monoskop. Sontag includes clothing as a large part of camp, “emphasizing texture, sensuous surface, and style at the expense of content.”  Observer reviewed the exhibit and highlights some of the campiest of costumes included.

Of course, you can also see how celebrities interpreted the camp theme at last night’s Gala. Vogue and CNN have plenty of photos from the red carpet. Find out what camp means to Billy Porter.

Follow the hashtag #MetCamp and get a copy of the catalog for your library!


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

Fashion: Now & Then

WHAT: Fashion: Now & Then

WHERE: LIM College, 216 East 45th Street, New York, NY

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Saturday, October 20, 2018

Join us for the eighth annual Fashion: Now & Then conference.  This year’s conference theme is “Fashion and Culture.”Jo Weldon, author of the book Fierce: The History of the Leopard Print will open the conference with the presentation Leopard Print and the Bad Mother (Oct. 18, 5:45-7:00 p.m.).  The Keynote Presentation, Forming Narratives of the Diaspora (Oct. 19, 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.) will be delivered by Joy Davis and Jasmine Helm, co-hosts of the fashion podcast Unravel. In addition, hour long sessions will examine the relationship between fashion and culture with presentations focusing on gender identity, music, entertainment, popular culture, cultural appropriation in fashion marketing, library collections, and archives.

Please visit Eventbrite for registration rates and to view the conference schedule.

Free Event: The Seventeeth Annual Richard Martin Costume Studies Symposium

What: The Seventeenth Annual Richard Martin Costume Studies Symposium

When: Friday, April 6th 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Einstein Auditorium, New York University
34 Stuyvesant Street
New York, NY 10003

Guest Speaker:
Vanessa Friedman
Fashion Director, The New York Times

Presentations by M.A. Candidates in Costume Studies:
Laura Gust – “The Spectral Female: The Semiotic Function of the Nightgown within Gothic Visual Culture”
Nicole Truscinski – “Smoke & Mirrors: Dressing the American Woman in Freedom and Virginia Slims”
Lauren Richter-Suriñach – “The Last of the Fashion Illustrators: Women’s Wear Daily in the 1980s”
Olivia Warschaw – “’Disney Fans Are Their Own Breed’: An Exploration of DisneyBound”

Free and Open to the Public

Further information may be found at this link.