Friday, September 12, 2014

Register for the Fashion: Now & Then Conference Before the Early-Bird Rates Fly Away!

The early bird rates for this year's Fashion: Now & Then: From Antiquity to Visionary Conference end on Monday, September 15, 2014. 
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 & Staff
Early 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. 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: “Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster" by Dana Thomas

by Dana Thomas
Call Number: 338.47 THO
Location: Regular shelves

Do you want to know how the color orange became Herm├Ęs’s signature color? Do you want to know how Prada’s triangle logo came to be? With Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, author Dana Thomas, the cultural and fashion writer for Newsweek in Paris for 12 years, discusses the social history of this high end industry that is entertaining and informative. Traveling from French perfume laboratories to Las Vegas shopping malls to assembly-line factories in China, she traces the evolving face of the luxury goods business, from design through marketing to showroom sales.

But her focus remains on how a business that once catered to the wealthy and elite has gone
mass-market and the effects that democratization has had on the way ordinary people shop today. Labels, once discreetly stitched into couture clothes, have become logos adorning everything from sneakers to your basic t shirt. Perfumes, once crafted by designers with excruciating detail to establishing a particular scent, are now concocted from briefs written by marketing executives brandishing polls and surveys and sales figures. Think about your own wardrobe. Do you ever have just one outfit, including accessories, that is not branded? This book is an eye opening revelation of the evolution of the luxury goods industry from the past till today.

Posted on September 8, 2014 I Blog post by E.F. (Graduate Student Intern of the LIM College Library)