Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: Highlights from the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music and more. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the Archive offers permanent access to historical collections in digital format for researchers, scholars, historians and the general public. The Internet Archive is also working hard to preserve a record of the internet through their Wayback Machine and other endeavours. Every item …

Review: Riviera Style Resort & Swimwear Since 1900, FTM, London

A recent visit to the Regency seaside resort St Leonards on Sea along with a renewed interest in swimming, courtesy of my local lido, meant I just had to start the summer with a visit to the exhibition Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear Since 1900 at the Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) in London this week.  Billed as a celebration of clothing worn in and …

You Should Be Reading: Fashion and Minimalism

As I mentioned last week in my post about the documentary film ‘The True Cost,’ I have decided to experiment with the concept of a minimalist or capsule wardrobe in my own life. As someone who admittedly owns far more pieces of clothing than I could ever need, I will be taking on the Project 333 Challenge – limiting my wardrobe to only 33 items for the next three …

CFP: Fashion Colloquia: Feeding Fashion Energy

Proposals due: June 30, 2015 Colloquia held: September 21-22, 2015 “Fashion Colloquia: Feeding Fashion Energy – New pathways for fashion education”, organized in collaboration with Institut Français de la Mode, London College of Fashion and Parsons New York, is taking place at Domus Academy on 21st and 22nd September and will be part of Expo 2015. “Fashion Colloquia: Feeding Fashion Energy – New pathways for …

Domestic Affairs: More Summer Exhibitions!

I remember reading an article recently about the increase in popularity of fashion and textile exhibitions. Considering I did an entire column on upcoming Summer exhibitions a month ago, and still didn’t cover everything, I would definitely say that’s true! In Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), African Textiles and Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collectionhas been …

Museum Life: CSA Symposium Snapshot

With the Costume Society of America’s annual symposium in the neighborhood this year, I headed down to San Antonio for three whirlwind days of presentations, demonstrations, and exhibitions. In addition to meeting new people and learning about research on a variety of subjects, I encountered several objects that may be of interest to readers. Below is a selection: A portable LED-lit microscope that hooks up to a …

CFP: Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress

Costume Colloquium V: Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress Florence, Italy Abstracts due June 15, 2015 November 17-20, 2016 (Exact dates to be confirmed) Call for Papers The Advisory Committee and organizers of the next Costume Colloquium dedicated to Restraint and Excess in Fashion and Dress are seeking new and unpublished papers for the 2016 conference. As with all the previous Costume Colloquium conferences, …

You Should Be Watching: The True Cost

Released worldwide on May 29, The True Cost is a documentary film that explores the current state of the global fashion industry and its impact on workers, consumers and the environment. Focusing on the development of the fast fashion business model, the documentary features interviews with many industry experts and sustainable fashion activists, including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Lucy Siegle and Safia Minney. In the clip below, director Andrew Morgan explains …

On Teaching: Summer Engagement Strategies

Summer is fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about vacation, family time, and for many college administrators, student retention. During this time of year, students also begin to think about time with friends and family. Too often the summer turns quickly into fall and, before you know it, several students have decided not to come back to college. How can we counteract …

Fashion-Focused Digital Resources: HEARTH Home Economics Archive

HEARTH (Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, History) is a fantastic digital archive compiled by the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell. Launched in 2003, HEARTH was recognized in a 2013 study of long-term sustainability of digital collections. The collection’s highlights, and likely what brings the most users to the site, are historical runs of Harper’s Bazaar, 1867-1900, and Good Housekeeping, 1885-1919. HEARTH’s Help page provides site navigation and searching …

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