Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ari Seth Cohen, Creator of Advanced Style--Panelist at Upcoming Symposium: Fashion:Now & Then

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The third bio in the series by LIM College Librarian Rachel King on the panelists and moderators at Fashion Now & Then, a symposium at LIM College.

Ari Seth Cohen
Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, a blog devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.”

Ari has a longtime interest in clothing and style and a lifelong affinity for his elders. When he was growing up, his late grandmother (a librarian) was his best friend; her “energy and attitude towards life” continue to inspire him. As a result, he couldn’t help but question the absence of mature faces in the fashion world. “I noticed a lack of older people in fashion campaigns and street style sites,” he says. “I wanted to show that you can be stylish, creative and vital at any age.”

At 29, Ari is far from being eligible for a featured spot in Advanced Style. Still, he does have a decade’s worth of professional accomplishments. In addition to developing a blog that’s been touted by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Forbes, last year he created a special photo installation for Selfridges in London. Before becoming a blogger, he spent years working in fashion production and retail management. Ari lives in New York City.

Rachel King

Read more about the symposium on the
Fashion: Now & Then symposium blog and on the LIM College website.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Amanda Hallay to Moderate Panel Session at Fashion: Now & Then

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The second bio in the series by LIM College Librarian Rachel King on the panelists and moderators at Fashion Now & Then, a symposium at LIM College.

Amanda Hallay is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising at LIM College. She is the former International Fashion Editor of Couture and Men Mode magazines, and was at one time European Trend Analyst for the Doneger Group, a fashion forecasting service.

Amanda is the author of several books of fiction and non-fiction, including the forthcoming Popular Culture of the 1950s and Kitsch Collectibles. She notes, “Kitsch is Bad Taste plus Time,” adding that we in the 21st century owe a debt of gratitude to “those forward-thinking folk who actually held onto (and, more importantly, photographed) items of questionable taste--items that are now considered historically significant and, in many cases, beautiful.”

Amanda is a graduate of the American University of Paris and England’s Bath Spa University.

Rachel King

Read more about the symposium on the Fashion: Now & Then symposium blog and on the LIM College website.  Read more about Amanda here.

Fashion: Now & Then Symposium--Registration Open!

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Registration is open for the symposium: Fashion: Now & Then at LIM College.

The presentations will focus on fashion information and the challenges and opportunities for its use and preservation. Details of the event are available on the Fashion: Now & Then symposium blog:

The keynote speech will be presented by Ron Knoth on the fascinating Lester Gaba. The two panels are: The Fashion Photograph and Preserving the Past & Present: Models for the Collection, Preservation, Use and Sharing of Information. Panel presenters and moderators include:

Andrew Beccone, Founder & Director of Reanimation Library

Carrie Bickner, Principal of the Bickner Group

Ari Seth Cohen, Creator of Advanced Style

Deirdre Donohue, Librarian at the International Center of Photography

Amanda Hallay, Clinical Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising at LIM College

Rachel King, Librarian at LIM College

Molly Monosky, Archivist at the Fairchild Archive

Virginia Millington, Manager, Recording & Archive at StoryCorps

Jon Patrick, Creator of The Selvedge Yard

Keynote speaker Ron Knoth is the creator of the fashion website, a blog that, in his words, "focuses on the affirmative, the positive," and celebrates "fashion and what it means to be a gentleman." He has extensively researched the life of 1940s celebrity Lester Gaba.

He became fascinated by Gaba years ago while working in the retail, merchandising, and mannequin industries. "Gaba always had a strange reputation, insomuch as he supposedly fell in love with his ultimate creation, a mannequin named Cynthia, but there never was a central source for information¬-no biography or autobiography." Although little-known now, Gaba was an important figure in the New York fashion world; Ron will illuminate his life (and rescue him from decades of neglect) in his keynote speech.

Ron, a former actor, poet, arts administrator, designer, creative director, and advocate for people with AIDS, is currently a professor of Visual Merchandising at LIM College.

Bios on panelists are available here.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Detailed schedule
Place: LIM College Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Cost: $35 (includes lunch, keynote presentation, and two panel presentations.)


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Please contact Lisa Ryan, Archivist at LIM College with additional questions