Monday, April 20, 2015

Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History

A new addition to the Adrian G. Marcuse Library, Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee takes a humorous look at fashion’s wild history. After reading this intriguing book, you’ll beg the question: Did Assyrian warriors in the 12th century B.C. really ride into battle wearing fishnet stockings?

With a foreword by Tim Gunn, Why’d They Wear That? begins in the ancient world and cruises into the 20th century and beyond, chronicling the first textiles to today’s fashion do’s and don’ts. Albee’s analysis of fashion history is not only entertaining, but also very informing, focusing on a significant history for us here at LIM College.

Fashion history is critical to understand because it gives us an understanding as to how and why garments are constructed. Not only does analyzing fashion history give us a look into the past’s greatest (and worst) style moments, but it also gives us insight into our world’s tremendous history. Albee gives us the chance to parallel our world’s fashion with the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.  As fashion students, we should be able to not only analyze the history of what people wore, but also why people wore certain clothes—this way, we can cultivate a greater understanding of our world in a larger context than just fashion.

Come in to the Adrian G. Marcuse Library today and check out Albee’s enchanting book, a piece of history forcing fashion enthusiasts of all ages into laughter.

Posted on April 20, 2015 I Blog post by Pheanny Phen (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

National Poetry Month

For the month of April, we are celebrating National Poetry Month at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library.    

Our book display highlights the great writers and poems that have inspired us for years, as well as new and emerging poets. Some favorites from our stacks are ClothesLines: A Collection of Poetry and Art, Allen Ginsberg: Collected Poems 1947-1997, Letters to a Young Poet, and Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation.

Come visit the Library and discover your new favorites!

Posted on April 14, 2015 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent

I have always been a connoisseur of Yves Saint Laurent and when I heard Hedi Slimane was taking over as creative director I gagged (in a good way). Not only was he responsible for the return of Dior Homme, but his vision is extraordinary. Slimane had taken a dwindling brand and created a modern minimalist edge brand. As many of you may not know Yves Saint Laurent, the original designer, was at his highest peak in the 70’s rivaling designer Halston. While on the topic of the two designers the Fashion Institute of Technology has an exhibit of Halston and Saint Laurent. This exhibit celebrates the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This is the first exhibition to juxtapose their work and analyze the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Both designers are equally represented by the approximately 80 ensembles and 20 accessories that are arranged thematically in an environment designed to evoke the style of this singular, dynamic era in history. There was also an independent film (Saint Laurent) released late last year at the Cannes film festival which documented and chronicled the designer’s life. If you would like more insight and information; the LIM College Adrian G. Marcuse Library has an wide variety of books detailing from the designers personal life to his collections, one of my personal favorites is Debut: Yves Saint Laurent, 1962.

Posted on April 13, 2015 I Blog post by Leila B. (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Call for Proposals 2015 Fashion: Now & Then Conference

Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来
Thursday, October 22, 2015 to Saturday, October 24, 2015
LIM College, New York City, NY, U.S.A.

Proposal Due Date: June 8, 2015

Call for Presentations
The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and the global reach that the fashion industry possess. 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 Passé, Presente, 未来. We look forward to proposals that will demonstrate how fashion information and the global reach of the fashion industry 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.

Call for Poster Sessions
We invite proposals for an organized poster session for the 5th Annual Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来 Conference. Organized poster sessions will consist of six posters that are organized around this year’s conference theme with all of the presenters invited by the organizer. Organized poster sessions will be scheduled for Friday, October 23rd from 5:45-6:30 PM.

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 including keywords (500 words or less) 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 8, 2015.

Notification of proposal and poster session acceptance will occur Monday, June 22, 2015.

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, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering an MBA program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, MPS programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, a BS degree in International Business, bachelors degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required internships. Located in four buildings in Manhattan  the nations fashion and business capital  LIM College gives students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Chanel, and Macys.

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
For additional information about the upcoming Fashion: Now & Then Conference or to view information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences:

Fashion: Now & Then Blog:

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

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Adrian G. Marcuse Library Closed for Good Friday

Adrian G. Marcuse Library and LIM College will be closed Friday, April 3 and will re-open Monday, April 6th.

The Library will be back to its regularly scheduled hours on Monday, April 6 at 7:30am.

We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of America’s most well-known novelists. Her books cover a variety of hard-hitting issues such as mental illness, murders and infidelity. Picoult’s style of writing is unique because she, often, does not write from just one character’s perspective. Instead, she writes from many character’s perspectives which allows the reader to become connected to more characters and, therefore, understand the story better.

One of Jodi Picoult’s novels, Nineteen Minutes is a murder mystery centered around a high school. It is told from the perspective of a judge, a detective, the murder suspect and a student connected to the suspect who happens to be the judge’s daughter. This story is impossible to put down and takes its readers on a journey full of twists and turns. The ending is so shocking and unexpected that the reader’s jaw is sure to drop. The book makes one question if there is any justification for killing someone, if insanity is really a valid form of defense and if a victim of bullying has the right to retaliate.

Another one of Picoult’s famous novels is House Rules. This book is about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is convicted of murdering his tutor. Like Nineteen Minutes, this novel is written from many different perspectives including the boy with autism. This story takes you on a journey through the eyes of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome and the people that love him the most. Of course, like any other Picoult tale, there are many twists and turns to be enjoyed.

If you have not experienced one of Jodi Picoult’s amazing stories, borrow one from the LIM College Library today!

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Posted on March 30, 2015 I Blog post by Rachel Gaas (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Seventies’ Glam

Spring is in the air and New Yorkers are trading in their winter garb for softer colors and prints, with a nod to seventies’ glam. The seventies was a decade filled with uncertainty and freedom, and this atmosphere drove fashion trends and helped spark an explosive cultural scene.

The Museum at FIT is currently showcasing two designers whose signature looks truly define this time. In its exhibit “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s,” each designer’s distinct style is evident, yet the collection suggests connections between them and shared themes. Think Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking women’s tuxedo or Halston’s signature shirtwaist dress. These now classic designs were revolutionary for womenswear at the time. With these looks, Halston and Saint Laurent put a twist on what was originally accepted for menswear only. They blurred the lines between the genders and reinvented the way in which we dress.

To learn more about this glamorous decade, or just get some inspiration for your next look, check out these books available at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library.

By Elaine Gross
Call Number:  DES HAL

By Farid Chenoune and Florence Müller
Call Number: 746.92 SAV and DES ST L

By Hasse Persson
Call Number: 778 PER

By Alicia Drake
Call Number:  746.9 DRA 

By David Wills
Call Number: 779.2 WIL

By Jacqueline Herald
Call Number: 391.009 1970 FOAD

Source: The Museum at FIT.  “Yves Saint Laurent +Halston:  Fashioning the 70s.” Special Exhibitions Gallery, February 6 – April 18, 2015

Posted on March 23, 2015 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)