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)