Monday, July 21, 2014

Bigger is Better

Summer is quickly winding down so to get you back into that school mode I wanted to offer up some good reads that will ease us all back into the upcoming school year.  Our oversized book selection here at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library is spectacular and houses some amazing books. These books have a lot of pictures and large font making them easy on the brain, but at the same time teaching you about some incredible (and fashionable) topics.

To help you out I’ve given you some of my personal favorites!

Domestic Art: Curated Interiors by Holly Moore shows the best and chicest interiors around the world. If you love interior design like I do then this book is a must! The pictures and places are breathtaking, dare to dream and skim the pages.

Skin Art; 391.65 FOL

I have always been fascinated by tattoos and piercings and their historical significance as well as today’s perceptions. Skin Art by Philippe di Folco visually draws you in while teaching you all you need to know.  I suggest you find a comfortable spot in the library and enjoy the read!

Posted on July 21, 2014 I Blog post by Ali Petherbridge (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

2014 Fashion: Now & Then: From Antiquity to Visionary Conference Registration

Registration is open on Eventville.  
Conference RatesEarly Bird*After 9-15-2014
Full Conference** Attendance$200$225
Full Conference** Attendance (Presenters)$150$175
Full Conference Attendance** (Students with Valid ID)$100$125
Conference Support (Code Needed to Complete Registration)$0$0
Conference Rates for LIM College Students, Faculty & StaffEarly Bird*After 9-15-2014
Full Conference Attendance$50$75
Friday ONLY Conference (10/24)$25$50
Saturday ONLY Conference (10/25)$25$50
Thursday Evening Opening Reception (10/23)$25$50
Conference Support (Code Needed to Complete Registration)$0$0

*Early Bird Rates apply to registration completed before September 15, 2014. 

Museum Tours Saturday, October 25th at 1pm
Museum at FIT - Exposed: A History of Lingerie & Dance and Fashion (two exhibitions) – unguided 34
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Fashion in Art (general tour – guided) 19
The Museum of the City of New York – Mac Conner: A New York Life – guided tour 19
Brooklyn Museum – Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe – guided34

**The guided/unguided Museum Tours are an optional choice for Full Conference Attendees to attend after the Saturday program. Please only choose one tour option. Tour selections are completed with Full Conference registration on Eventville.

A limited number of scholarships are available to help offset conference fees. Contact David Benjamin for more information. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Charles James: Beyond Fashion Metropolitan Museum of Art through August 10, 2014

I recently attended the inaugural show of the Met Museum’s re-opened and renamed Costume Institute (now known as The Costume Institute's Anna Wintour Costume Center).  As a designer, James is known for highly technical work that has much in common with architecture or engineering. In keeping with this theme, the Met worked with an architecture firm on the exhibition’s display.  The works are exhibited in low light on slightly raised platforms. In a decision that I found quite distracting, a robotic camera scans the clothing and signals a video display to provide explanation.  Another problem I had with this presentation was that to allow for screening the videos, the light in the gallery needed to be minimal, making viewing the clothes difficult.  In addition, the video content, although informative, was a lot to absorb (especially from a screen) and took my attention away from the clothes.

What I did see, I enjoyed very much.  Highlights include the “Butterfly,” “Clover Leaf" and “Four-Leaf Clover,” all stunning achievements.  Other works show an interest in and interplay with Surrealism.  Also, photos of the clothes on the wealthy patrons that commissioned them were a revelation.  The society women shown wearing James’ creations looked both beautiful and fascinating.  Finally a room of ephemera showcased working models, correspondence and other material related to the show.  In a nice touch, the Museum gift shops sell Charles James’ tape measures, pins and thimbles. 

To learn more about Charles James check the books below from the library, including the show catalog.  

 Charles James: Beyond Fashion


 The Genius of Charles James

The Genius of Charles James Coleman, Elizabeth A. 

 Universe of Fashion: Charles James

Universe of Fashion: Charles James Martin, Richard (Richard Harrison) 

Posted on July 14, 2014 I Blog post by Lou Acierno, M.L.I.S. (Director of Library Services) 

Monday, June 30, 2014

I Love Your Style

I Love Your Style
646.7042 BRO

I recently picked up I Love Your Style which happens to be fantastic! The author, Amanda Brooks, has succeeded in squeezing a complete style guide with over 400 photographs, personal stories, and shopping advice that will both inspire and empower the reader to plunge into the sometimes terrifying challenge of defining, or refining personal style within the books 281 pages.  Brooks divulges into the most widely known types of style categories: Classic, Bohemian, Minimal, High-Fashion, Street, Eclectic, Basics, Cheap Chic, Designer, and of course, Vintage. One of my favorite aspects which I enjoyed most about this book is its lack of "rules" or "commandments" and its focus on helping the reader embrace their own originality, personal history (including the bad fashion choices!), and the liberty to pick and choose characteristics from any distinctive style and make it their own. I highly recommend I Love Your Style to anyone who finds themselves unsatisfied and exasperated in front of the mirror each morning. 

“In this wonderfully wise book, Amanda Brooks reveals the style secrets of unexpectedly elegant, singular women from all walks of life. It’s candid, canny, and cool, much like Brooks herself.” – Anna Wintour

Posted on June 30, 2014 I Blog post by Joey Stuart (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bikinis & Bathing Beauties: A Bibliography on Swimsuits and Beachwear

“The bikini was named after Bikini Atoll, one of the Marshall Islands, where nuclear weapons were tested in 1946, because the bikini’s impact was considered equivalent to setting off an atom bomb.” (Rooney, 2006, p. 45).

Want to learn more about the history of swimwear? Want to browse images of vintage swimwear?   Come to the library and check out these books or use the suggested databases if you are away for the summer!

Beachwear and Bathing Costume by P.D. Davanzo – 391 POL
The Bikini Book (1996) – 393.4 BIK (pictured above)
The Bikini Book by Kelly Killoren Bensimon – 391.2 BEN (pictured above)
California casual fashions, 1930s-1970s by Maureen Reilly – 391.2 REI
Gottex: Swimwear Haute Couture by Helene Schoumann - 746.9209 SCH
Making Waves: the Story of the American Swimsuit by Lena Lencek – 394.3 LEN
Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-Drenched Climates by Caroline Rennolds Milbank - 391 MIL (pictured above)
Splash! A History of Swimwear by Richard Martin - 391 MAR [Oversize]
Sunkissed: Sunwear and the Hollywood Beauty, 1930-1950 by J. Curtis - 779.24 CUR
The Swimsuit by Sarah Kennedy - 394.3 KEN (pictured above)
Swimwear in Vogue since 1910 by Christina Probert -391 PRO

Search for “bikini”, “bathing suit”, designer names (Rudi Gernreich) or read these:  
Ward, Susan. (2005). Swimwear. In A–Z of Fashion.
Webber-Hanchett, T. (2005). Bikini. In A–Z of Fashion.

Conduct an Advanced Search in the Vogue Archive to find images of swimsuits.  Use Publication Date to look for specific dates and years. Use the “Image Details” search tools for Company/Brand and Fashion Item.  

 Look up Company/Brand.  For great images of vintage swimsuits search for the companies/brands:
-Cole of California
- Armonia
*For best results search for “swim” within the search results

Look up Fashion Item. For swimwear used in editorials look up fashion items:
- One-Piece
- Swim Dress
- Swimsuit
- Bikini

For help searching Berg Fashion Library and Vogue Archive: 

Quote - Rooney, A. (2009).  The 1950s and 1960s. Retrieved from

Posted on June 16, 2014 I Blog post by Lauren Gavin, M.L.S. (Technical Services/Reference Librarian)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Reminder: Fashion: Now & Then Proposals are Due Mon, 6/9

Call for Presentations
Fashion: Now & Then: From Antiquity to Visionary
Proposal Due Date: June 9, 2014

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

The theme for this year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is From Antiquity to Visionary. We look forward to proposals that will demonstrate how fashion information and technology in fashion has evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collection development, collectors, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, ephemera, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, librarians, libraries, magazines, mapping & data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, museums, new media, oral history, patrons, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, product development, rare books, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

Presentation Proposals and Notifications
Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author(s) and an abstract of the 15 minute paper or presentations (500 words or less). Email the proposal to Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment. The proposal due date is Monday, June 9, 2014.

Notification of proposal acceptance will occur Monday, June 23, 2014. 
At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference and present the paper.

The event will take place in the LIM College Maxwell Hall (216 E. 45th Street between Second & Third Avenues) and Townhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues).

About LIM College
LIM College is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion. Housed in four buildings in Manhattan, the College's unique curriculum combines in-class instruction with required fashion industry internships. LIM College offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program with tracks in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, and Visual Merchandising, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in International Business, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, as well as Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Associate in Applied Science (AAS), and Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degrees in Fashion Merchandising. Founded in 1939, LIM College has been witness to every significant change in the retail and fashion industry for 75 years.

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 consists of three major collections: LIM College Records, Special Collections, and Rare Books. The mission of the LIM College Archives is to identify, collect, organized, describe, preserve and make accessible the enduring records of LIM College and materials related to the fashion industry.

Additional Information & Contact
If you have any questions please contact Nicole LaMoreaux, Reference & Instruction Librarian at LIM College

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