Monday, April 22, 2013

Call for Presentations: Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode

Proposal Due Date: June 10, 2013

Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode

LIM College, New York, NY

Thursday, October 3, 2013 to Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the third annual Fashion: Now & Then, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information. 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 Fashion: Now & Then conference is Meaning, Media, and Mode and will include presentations about fashion and information. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collectors, collection development, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, rare books, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, magazines, libraries, librarians, patrons, mapping & data visualization, merchandising, marketing, material culture, museums, new media, oral history, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, trend reporting, demographics & psychographics, and ephemera.

Presentation Proposals and Notification

Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author and an abstract of the 15 minute paper or presentation (500 words or less)
Notification of proposal acceptance will occur Thursday, June 20, 2013.

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

About LIM College

LIM College is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion. Housed in five 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 & Management and Fashion Marketing, 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 nearly three quarters of a century.

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

For additional information about the upcoming Fashion: Now and Then conference or to view information about previous Fashion: Now & Then conferences:

Fashion: Now & Then LIM College

Fashion: Now & Then Blog:

If you have any questions please contact Lisa Ryan, Reference & Instruction Librarian at LIM College

Posted on April 22, 2013 I Blog post by Lisa Ryan, M.L.I.S. (LIM College Reference and Instruction Librarian)

Who Wore the Pants: Blue Jeans and American History

When we think of blue jeans, we think of denim jeans, most often a five pocket style that has evolved since the late 19th century. A partnership between a tailor and a dry-goods salesman for riveted work-wear, originally made of jean, a thick, canvas material, led to the founding of Levi Strauss and Co. The pants, known as product style 201 (the 501 would come later) had one back pocket, suspender buttons, rivets at the stress-points, and were intended to be worn over pants, explaining their name: waist-overalls. After the expiration of its exclusive patent on riveted denim work-wear, the market for jeans exploded, though only among hard-wearing, hard-working men. Fast forward through the depression and toward the post-War suburban economic boom, and blue jeans become a symbol of outlaw style, much to the marketing frustration of manufacturers, who touted crisp blue jeans as “right for school.” An essential visual symbol of the sexual revolution; jeans were worn by nearly every young man and woman at Woodstock and Vietnam War protests. With the advent of improved milling and processing of denim, as well as outsourced manufacturing, the multi-billion dollar worldwide denim industry now produces thousands of styles, cuts, finishes, and adornments on variations of the durable miner’s pants from San Francisco’s gold-rush era. Worn by CEO’s and heads of state, jeans have become a ubiquitous symbol of American culture and style. After billions spent in research and technological development, within the past 15 years, inspired by Japanese-cult status and collectability, denim manufacturers have returned to the more traditional processes of shuttle-loomed fabric, buckle-back cinches, and other elements found on the earliest surviving samples of blue jeans. Forever associated with gold-prospectors, cowboys, outlaws, rockers, and American culture, blue jeans thrive as fashion’s most iconic garment.

Arts and Culture: National Archives

To learn more about the history of blue jeans, see Archivist David Benjamin. The Adrian G. Marcuse Library and archives have a range of books about blue jeans and American History.

Posted on April 22, 2013 I Blog post by David Benjamin, M.A., M.S.L.I.S. (LIM College Archivist)