Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Careers and Curiosity

Many students worry about getting their first job, thinking if they haven't landed this one position, they will never get that dream job down the road. In an industry as competitive as the fashion business, many students spend a whole lot of time worrying about internships and jobs. If you take just a sliver of the time you might spend worrying, perhaps the best way to land that great gig, whether an internship or a job, might be to indulge in a little bit of what probably brought you to fashion business school in the first place. Indulging your own interest in the fashion business, specifically, your individual curiosity can improve your stress level, and believe it or not, make you stand out as an applicant. 
How do you indulge your curiosity? Go shopping...for information. 
L Lu. (2009). March 2009 magazine covers. [Web log]. Retrieved from

Instead of going to a midtown newsstand and dropping $900 on rare imported fashion magazines, come to the Library. We have an even better selection of awesome, rare import fashion magazines. If you want to go super high quality, just sit and think of what you've always wanted to know, then come ask a librarian! You would be shocked what the librarians know, or the kinds of stuff they can show you. 

(2011, 20 September). Abbey Lee Kershaw for i-D magazine fall 2011. [Web log]. Retrieved from
So by all means put on your best shoes, get that resume just perfect, and be on point for those interviews, but by all means, let yourself be curious, isn't this whole school thing about fulfilling your interests anyway? 

Posted on October 29, 2014 I Blog post by David Benjamin, M.A., M.S.L.I.S. (LIM College Archivist)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hair Raising! Mourning Jewelry Resources at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library

In anticipation for Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire opening at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week, I wanted to devote this blog entry to my favorite kind of mourning accessory, hair jewelry.   Hair jewelry interests me so much because I find the pieces to be fascinating, touching and frankly, very eerie!    

Picture of two hair brooches in a glass jewelry tray, I took at the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts this May.
Wearing symbolic jewelry to mark events of grief and loss date back to Middle Ages but particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, hair would be taken from the corpse to be incorporated into pieces of jewelry (Miller, 2008).  In the middle of the eighteenth century, jewelers would take the hair and weave, braid or mount it behind framed pieces of glass to be worn as a brooch, locket, bracelet or ring.  By the ninetieth century, hair was not only mounted but was weaved into three dimensional objects that could be used as a watch band, chain, charm or earrings.  Not only did the hair serve as memento of a loved one, hair was also a good medium for making jewelry because it could be used and manipulated in a decorative way (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006).   Locks of hair are very personal and carry significant meaning.  The person may have passed but you still have a piece of them in their hair.  Miller (2008) states “Hair is dead matter and as such persists beyond the life-span of the human body, allowing a range of meanings, both public and private, to be interwoven into these intricate objects … it is the marginal vestiges of the human body possessing their own material endurance (teeth, hair and bones) which come to be employed in the production of personal and holy relics (para 7 & 8).”

Mourning jewelry was at its most popular in England after the death of Prince Albert in December 1861. Queen Victoria went into deep mourning and the people of England imitated this for their own bereavements.  In the United States the use of mourning jewelry increased with the outbreak of the Civil War which coincided with the black mourning jewelry being used in England. During the Civil War as the soldiers left home to fight, they would leave a lock of hair with their families which upon death the hair would be made into jewelry (Harran, 1997).

Hair jewelry may seem really creepy and morbid but our reactions only show how emotionally significant these pieces are.   Looking at the pieces in the context of their time, mourning jewelry mirrors the lives and items of the people who wore it.  It brought comfort having a token to remember a loved one but also served as a reminder to the living of the inevitability of death (Harran, 1997). 

Beautiful Examples of Hair Jewelry at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brooch ca. 1850 (on display)
Brooch 1868 (on display)

Books on Mourning Jewelry at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library

Brett, Mary.  Fashionable mourning jewelry, clothing & customs. Call number: 739.27BRE
Peter, Mary.  Collecting Victorian jewellery.  Call number: 739 PET
Taylor, Lou.  Mourning dress: a costume and social history. Call number: 393.9TAY
Goldthorpe, Caroline. From Queen to Empress: Victorian dress 1837-1877: an exhibition at the Costume Institute, December 15, 1988-April 16, 1989.  Call number: 390 GOL
Sherrow, Victoria. Encyclopedia of hair : a cultural history.  391.5 SHE (Reference Stacks)


Harran, J., & Harran, S. (December, 1997).  Antique Week. Retrieved from
Maker unknown: Brooch [American] (2000.557). (October, 2006).   In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved from 
Miller, J. (2008). Hair without a Head: Disembodiment and the Uncanny. In Hair: Styling, Culture and Fashion. Retrieved from 

Just for fun – check out Leila’s Hair Museum – a unique museum dedicated to hair work:

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire will run from October 21, 2014 – February 1, 2015.

Posted on October 20, 2014 I Blog post by Lauren Gavin, M.L.S. (Technical Services/Reference Librarian) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014 Fashion: Now and Then: From Antiquity to Visionary Conference is Around the Corner!

This year's Fashion: Now & Then: From Antiquity to Visionary Conference will be held next weekend, Thursday, October 23 - Saturday, October 25. The conference will feature speakers from around the world discussing topics such as corporate social responsibility, wearable technology, fashion and style in literature, styling, fashion forecasting, and much more.

Click here to view the whole schedule.

Click here to register for the conference.

Join the Conversation: #LIMFNT

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Adrian G. Marcuse Library Closed Monday, October 13th

LIM College and the Adrian G. Marcuse Library will be closed Monday, October 13th for Columbus Day. The Library and College will re-open Tuesday, October 14th at 8am. We look forward to assisting you during midterms week.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Food for the Sole

New York City is known for being one of the most fashionable cities in the world, especially in the footwear game; we are on point. Literally though, from stilettos to platforms, the heels women are sporting truly up our city’s game. The Brooklyn Museum is currently showing an exhibit Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe showcasing the history and future of high heels in the fashion industry.

Before you head on over to Brooklyn, brush up on your shoe knowledge with some of our favorite books available in the Adrian G. Marcuse Library.

391.413 EPA

Shoes: The Complete Sourcebook gives you a full overview of the history of shoes and how they became to be the staple of style we see them as today. Walk away from this book knowing more about shoes than you ever thought possible…(and the pictures are to die for).

391.4 BER

Women from the Ankle Down shines light on how the meaning of shoes changed in the eyes of women throughout the twentieth century and how they have come to define us today.

Stop by the library and pick up a copy so you can be a more informed museum goer!

Posted on October 6, 2014 I Blog post by Ali Petherbridge (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Adrian G. Marcuse Library Offering Saturday Hours during Midterms

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library is pleased to be offering Saturday hours during midterms. The Saturday hours will begin this Saturday, October 4th. They will also be offered Saturday, October 11th and Saturday, October 18th. The Library will be open 10am - 4pm during these Saturdays.

The Library will also continue to offer our Ask-a-Librarian Online & Interactive Reference Service on Saturdays from 11:30am - 4pm. *Please use your LIM College username to enter the chat area. 

For more information check out the Library Hours & Info page on our website.