Fashion: Now & Then

PATTY FARMER’S special guest blogger for April addresses a subject most of us can relate to—FASHION!!

Nicole LaMoreaux, from LIM College, is the organizer of LIM’s annual Fashion: Now and Then Conference.


Fashion: Now & Then
by Nicole LaMoreaux, Reference & Instruction Librarian – LIM College





Since 2011, LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library has been proud to host the pioneering Fashion: Now & Then conference, in which participants discuss the past, present, and future uses of global fashion information.


More than 200 students, academicians, and professionals gathered for the 2014 edition of Fashion: Now & Then, which was held in October at LIM College’s East 53rd Street Townhouse and our Maxwell Hall building on East 45th Street in Manhattan. Titled “From Antiquity to Visionary,” the conference included a preview of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute records, which will be open for study this spring.


Presenters were drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums throughout the world to represent a full range of expertise. An amazing array of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and fashion businesses and organizations were represented, including Cornell University, Yale University, New York University, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library and Conde Nast.


After a Thursday night welcome reception and book signing with Holly Price Alford, author of Who’s Who in Fashion, 6th edition, the presentations began on Friday morning. The conference’s opening keynote speaker was Zach Davis, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Stylitics, the largest digital closet platform on the web. Mr. Davis is also a member of LIM College’s Fashion Industry Advisory Board. His talk focused on technology’s impact on the fashion industry. The following day, the Ron Knoth Scholarship Lecturer, Steve Shapiro, who is President of Schwartz & Benjamin Footwear and also a member of LIM College’s Fashion Industry Advisory Board, spoke about how technology has influenced the accessories market.


Several LIM College faculty members also presented their work at the conference, including Gayathri Banavara, Janice Everett, Dr. Kenneth Kambara, and Dr. Nicole Kirpalani. Other highlights included “How About a Kiss?” a presentation that examined advice literature for women and girls from the early 20th century to the 1970s, from the Schlesinger Library Collections of the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, and “Sheer Audacity – The Innovation of Pantyhose 1959-1969,” which explored how fashion, technology, and culture can merge to move society forward.





Fashion: Now & Then has become the authoritative source and go-to annual event for fashion librarians and archivists. Given that LIM College boasts a unique, specialized collection focusing on the history of the fashion business, we are in a perfect position to bring together professionals from throughout the globe and lead the charge to move the collection of fashion information into the future.
The fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then conference will be heldThursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24, 2015. This year’s theme is “Passé, Presente, Mirai.” We look forward to presentations that will demonstrate how fashion information and the global reach of the fashion industry have evolved over time and will continue to do so in the future.
Presentation topics will include one or more of the following 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.

More information regarding proposal submissions will be available in April. In the meantime, for more information on Fashion: Now & Then, please visit our blog at,or if you have questions about the conference please email


Photos courtesy of the Adrian G. Marcuse Library and LIM College Archives.


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, bachelor’s 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 nation’s 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 Macy’s.


About The Adrian G. Marcuse Library and LIM College 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.


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