Biographies of the 2012 LIM Fashion: Now & Then participants


Xavier Aaronson Lauren Gavin Milan Milasinovic
Lou Acierno Elisa Goodkind & Lily Mandelbaum Caroline Rennolds Milbank
Glenda Bailey Amanda Hallay Nancy Miller
Susan C. Baxter Zoë Ivory Virginia Millington
David S. Benjamin Kenneth M. Kambara Tal Nadan
Dudley Blossom Maheen Khan Nicole Pagowsky
Alessandra Branca Lindsay King  Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
Marianne Brown Nicole Kirpalani Lisa Ryan
Tom Cary Anya Kurennaya George Sanchez
Robert Clark Howard Vincent Kurtz Marie Sciangula
Anne Coco Nicole LaMoreaux Thomaï Serdari 
Ari Seth Cohen Laura Layfer Jenny Swadosh
Rebecca Collier Jacqueline LeBlanc Elisabet Takehana
Lucy Collins Barbara Leung Joseph Ungoco
Christopher Cyphers Michael Londrigan Monique Vandresen
Cassie Davies-Strodder Maria Mackinney-Valentin Amy Wolfe
Kimberly Detterbeck Suz Massen David Wolfe
Lauren Downing  Emilee Mathews Denice Yanni
Ionia Dunn-Lee Jean Meek-Barker


Xavier Aaronson
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Xavier Aaronson is the creator of Babes At The Museum. He was born in Manhattan and for the past 2 years he's been residing in Brooklyn. When he's not taking photos for his website he's writing for Vice Magazine and Huffington Post. His next undertaking will be publishing the Babes At The Museum book.






Lou Acierno
Image of Lou AciernoLou Acierno is the Director of Library Services a LIM College (Adrian G. Marcuse Library). From 2006-2011 he was the Library Director of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). From 2003-2006 he was Director of Information Literacy at ASA Institute. Before becoming a librarian, he was a artist (video and performance), gallery director and the Director of Artist services for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Glenda Bailey
Image of Glenda BaileyGlenda Bailey has been the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar since 2001. Under her leadership, the magazine has won numerous awards and had enormous newsstand-sales growth. Bazaar has won five Lucie awards, as well as five Ozzie and four Eddie awards from Folio magazine, and it has been named to Adweek’s Hot List and Advertising Age’s Magazine A-List, which both recognize the 10 hottest magazines in the United States. Bazaar’s covers have been named to Time’s and Advertising Age’s best-covers lists and have won five ASME Best Cover awards and two MIN Editorial & Design awards. In 2010, Bailey was inducted into MIN’s Hall of Fame.

Prior to Bazaar, Bailey was the editor in chief of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire for five years and was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year. During her tenure, Marie Claire was named one of Adweek’s top 10 hottest magazines four times and best publication by The Delaney Report. The title was one of Capell’s Circulation Report’s best circulation performers, and it was the first magazine in the U.S. to be given the Amnesty International Media Award for journalism.

Before her move to New York, Bailey launched British Marie Claire. Under her editorship, Marie Claire became the biggest-selling fashion magazine in the United Kingdom and earned virtually every publishing honor, including three Magazine Editor of the Year awards, five Magazine of the Year awards, and two Amnesty International Media awards.

Born in Derbyshire, England, Bailey was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008 in recognition of her services to British journalism and fashion in the United States.

Susan C. Baxter
Image of Susan BaxterDr. Susan C. Baxter is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Marketing & Management Department at LIM College. Her research interests range from diversity in advertising, consumer relationships with brands, distance learning and student learning styles, to the impact of HIV on the global workforce.  Dr. Baxter teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at LIM College.  Dr. Baxter received her Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing from Argosy University; she received a Master of Science degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict.


David S. Benjamin
Image of David BenjaminDavid S. Benjamin graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in American Studies.  He has worked as an actor, a magician, unloading trucks, installing closets, selling cigars, pens, vintage clothing, as a clerk in a municipal records office, a reference librarian, an archivist, a rare books and documents specialist, an aesthetic consultant, and as a freelance writer.  He holds a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from Long Island University’s Palmer School as well as one in History from New York University.  He divides his time between consulting and teaching at LIM College. His research and writing interests include post-war and contemporary American popular culture, 19th century American literary and intellectual history, information and metadata-syndetic theory, as well as the critical and philosophical investigation of consumer behavior.  His writing has appeared in both print and on the web.  He lives in New York.

 Dudley Blossom
Image of Dudley BlossomDudley Blossom, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Experiential Education & Career Management at LIM College. For more than two decades, Dr. Blossom's career has been focused on educational and entrepreneurial interests.  He has a passion for launching new initiatives and working with start-up, small and medium-sized organizations seeking new opportunities and ways to capitalize on them.  His expertise spans across a wide variety of sectors, including health and beauty, textiles/home fashions and consumer technology.

Until late 2006, Dr. Blossom worked and taught in Europe where he consulted with many organizations on their brand development and market penetration strategies.  He still maintains his own consulting company (Tri Peperudi), offering brand strategy and training services in emerging markets.

Throughout his career, Dr. Blossom has launched several for-profit and not-for-profit ventures and continues to work with small and medium-sized organizations in developing their conception, launch and growth strategies.  He has also authored several guides to outsourcing and entering emerging markets in Easter Europe and the U.S., including the Associated Press and CNBC.

Dr. Blossom holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Marketing from the University of Arizona, and a BA in Fine Arts from Trinity College.  He is a member of the European Marketing Academy, the American Marketing Association and the Association of Consumer Research.

Alessandra Branca
Image of Alessandra BrancaA child of Rome and the granddaughter of a Vatican Museum art historian, interior designer Alessandra Branca grew up among the finest classical art and architecture in the world. She learned early that even formal beauty was meant to be intermingled with everyday life, and that the well-lived life takes place not in stiff and somber surroundings, but in artful structures graced with a comfortable elegance and wit.  Alessandra divides her time between New York, Rome, Harbour Island and Chicago where she founded her design firm in 1981. Awarded by House Beautiful as their first Master Class Designer and recently named as one of Elle Decor's A-list designers for the second year in a row.  Her work continues to inspire those through confident, livable and ever-changing interiors.

Marianne Brown
Image of Marianne BrownMarianne Brown is the Collections Manager & Assistant Archivist at Conde Nast.  In addition to holding degrees in Art History and Interior Design, she has a MA in Museum Studies—Costume and Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She will discuss the Vogue digitization project at Conde Nast.




Tom Cary
Image of Tom CaryTom Cary presides over his eponymous rare book/ fine art business, The Cary Collection whose global specialty retail clientele reads like a veritable who's who in the design/ fashion industry: Kate Spade/ J. Crew/ Holland & Holland/ Bergdorf Goodman/ & Polo Ralph Lauren. Tom has amassed a staggering 15,000+ rare book inventory in such diverse/ 'glam' categories as: Men's & Women's Fashion/ Photography/ Jewellery/ Interior Design/ Architecture/ Gardening/ Cookery & Gentlemen's Sporting Pursuits: Equestrian/ Yachting/ Polo/ Horse Racing/ Golfing/ Racquets/ Angling/ Mixology (Cocktailing)/ James Bond/ & Private Clubs, et al. Tom's vintage 'showrooms' have been featured in magazines & on blog sites 'round the world: Nest Magazine, USA: shot by noted society portraitist, Tina Barney (see image)/ The Rake Magazine, Singapore, Malaysia/ Permanent Style, London, UK/ The Vintage Mono, Tokyo, Japan/ Unabashedly Prep, Dallas, Tx/ Yale Daily News, New Haven, Ct/ & New York Social Diary. Portions of The Cary Collection have been prominently featured in both The Museum of The City of New York's landmark exhibition: "Cecil Beaton, The New York Years" as well as currently in The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology's "Ivy Style" exhibition. Tom attended The Nichols School in Buffalo, NY & New England College in Arundel, West Sussex, England.

Robert Clark
Image of Robert ClarkRobert Clark is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Writing Center at LIM College.  In addition to his responsibilities as the Director of LIM College’s Writing Center, Dr. Robert Clark teaches several courses in the Arts & Communications Department, including 20th Century American Literature, New York Writers, News Reporting, and Research and Analysis. Prior to joining LIM College in 2008, Dr. Clark was a Senior Editor at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Contributing Associate Editor for Columbia Magazine, and an Associate Editor at Lingua Franca magazine. 

Dr. Clark holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Boston University.

Anne Coco
Image of Anne CocoAnne Coco is the Graphic Arts Librarian at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and a MLIS from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  She oversees the Library’s collection of two-dimensional works on paper, which includes one of the largest known collections of motion picture costume design drawings.

In 1998, Ms. Coco co-curated the exhibition “The Origins of Screen Style: Hollywood Costume Sketches from the Leonard Stanley Archive.”  She presented “Drawn into Hollywood: Documenting Costume Design in the Movies” at the Costume Society of America’s 32nd Annual Meeting and National Symposium in 2006.  Her essay, “Drawing on Film: Access, Cataloging and Conservation of Costume Design Drawings at the Margaret Herrick Library” was published in Documenting: Costume Design (2010).

Ari Seth Cohen
Image of Ari Seth CohenAri Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, a blog devoted “to capturing the sartorial savvy of the senior set.” He says, “I feature people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.”

Ari has a longtime interest in clothing and style and a lifelong affinity for his elders. When he was growing up, his late grandmother (a librarian) was his best friend; her “energy and attitude towards life” continue to inspire him. As a result, he couldn’t help but question the absence of mature faces in the fashion world. “I noticed a lack of older people in fashion campaigns and street style sites,” he says. “I wanted to show that you can be stylish, creative and vital at any age.”

At 29, Ari is far from being eligible for a featured spot in Advanced Style. Still, he does have a decade’s worth of professional accomplishments. In addition to developing a blog that’s been touted by the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Forbes, last year he created a special photo installation for Selfridges in London. Before becoming a blogger, he spent years working in fashion production and retail management. Ari lives in New York City.

Rebecca Collier
Image of Becky CollierBecky Collier (Adjunct Professor, Theatre Artist) MA, New York University, BA, Columbia College Chicago, has taught speech, theatre and writing courses at the college level for the past five years. She has worked with LIM College, Fashion Institute of Technology, City College New York, Manhattan College, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has also worked as both a director and a performer with several Off-Off Broadway companies. Her play, “Lil’ Bud,” was produced as part of the Theatrix 24 Hour Play Festival at New York University, and she recently appeared in the independent film, “City Park Rangers.” Becky teaches a Research & Analysis class at LIM College, and loves working with students as they develop and execute their projects.

Lucy Collins
Image of Lucy CollinsLucy Collins received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University where she specialized in existentialism, ethics, and fashion theory. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked for several fashion firms in New York as an editorial and PR assistant. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences on topics related to fashion theory. Dr. Collins teaches courses in ethics and fashion theory at both LIM College and Parsons the New School for Design. She has also delivered lectures at the School of Visual Arts program in Design Criticism.

She has been a blog contributor for Worn Through, Fashion Snoops, and a contributor to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of National Dress. Her writing has also appeared in Fashion Projects and Fashion Theory, as well as The Philosopher's Magazine. She is a member of The Costume Society of America, The American Philosophical Association, The American Society for Aesthetics, and The Popular Culture Association.

Christopher Cypers
Image of Christopher CyphersDr. Christopher J. Cyphers joined LIM College as Executive Vice President in July 2012, bringing with him two decades of experience as an educator and administrator. In his current role, Dr. Cyphers has direct oversight and responsibility for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Admissions, and Institutional Research.

Prior to coming to LIM College, Dr. Cyphers was President of the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). While there he created six new degree programs; oversaw the design and construction of a graduate center; undertook a successful institutional rebranding; presided over the largest enrollment increase in the school’s history; greatly expanded NYSID’s fundraising activities, and elevated its reputation in the U.S. and abroad.
Before NYSID, Dr. Cyphers was Provost of the School of Visual Arts, where he taught cultural and intellectual history. He has also served as senior research associate and chief of staff in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor Emeritus for Urban Affairs at the City University of New York.

Dr. Cyphers has presented scores of refereed papers on American social and political history, as well as on the subject of art and education in the U.S. He is the author of The National Civic Federation and the Making of a New Liberalism, and has written several articles on issues facing higher education.

Cassie Davies-Strodder
Image of a mannequin to represent Cassie Davies-StoddlerCassie Davies-Strodder graduated from Sussex University with a BA in Art History  in 2006. For the last five years she has worked as an Assistant Curator in the Fashion and Textiles Department at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Britain’s leading museum of Art and Design holding the National Collection of textiles and dress. Whilst her specialism is early 20th century dress, Cassie has been heavily involved in the Contemporary Programme at the V&A, working on the hugely popular ‘Fashion In Motion’ series of contemporary fashion shows at the Museum and ‘Friday Lates’, the V&A’s curated programme of evening events working with contemporary practitioners in fields as diverse as Architecture and Japanese Lolita fashion. Whilst working at the V&A she studied for her Masters Degree in History of Design and Material Culture under the tuition of renowned dress historian Lou Taylor.  Cassie’s research into the Heather Firbank dress collection at the V&A will be published early next year in a book entitled ‘Shopping for Fashion in Edwardian London: The Heather Firbank Collection.’

Kimberly Detterbeck
Image of Kimberly DetterbeckKimberly Detterbeck is the Art Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. She has previously worked at Frostburg State University as the Visual Arts Librarian and University of Maryland, College Park in the Art Library and has held an internship at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MA in the history of art from Syracuse University. Her presentation, with Marie Sciangula and Nicole LaMoreaux, is based on their research report on the information seeking behaviors of fashion bloggers, as part of the myMETRO Researchers Pilot Project.

Lauren Downing
Image of Lauren DowningLauren Downing graduated from the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons the New School for Design in May 2012. She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Art History and Anthropology. Currently, she works as a part-time faculty member at the New School where she teaches art and design history and theory. She is also a co-editor, art director, and co-founder of Fashion Studies Journal, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal for the academic study of fashion design and theory. Her current research examines how women cultivate fashionable identities within the plus-size marketplace. Lauren has presented on this topic at the Pop Culture Association of America's annual conference and her work is soon to be published in CUNY's FRAME journal. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Jon.

Ionia Dunn-Lee
Image of Ionia Dunn-LeeIonia Dunn Lee (Fashion Editor, Instructor, Stylist) MA, Pace University, BS, California State University, is a well-known Fashion Insider in New York City. She started out at Essence Magazine in 1974, and quickly rose from the ranks to become a Fashion Editor. As her freelance styling began to pick up, she left Essence to focus on individual clients, freelance writing, and occasional teaching. She is currently the Fashion Director/Style Reporter for Today’s Black Woman, and she continues to teach at LIM College and the High School of Fashion Industry. In 2009, Ionia founded a non-profit organization called “Threads of Color” designed to celebrate the global diversity within the fashion industry and raise scholarship funds. This organization has held three major events and awarded three scholarships to students at LIM College. In 2010, Ionia was presented with the Adjunct Instructor President’s Award from LIM College for Outstanding Service to the College.

 Lauren Gavin
Image of Lauren GavinLauren Gavin is an Evening Librarian at LIM College's Adrian G. Marcuse Library.  She has a Master of Library Science from Queens College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising from LIM College.  Lauren discovered her love of fashion while studying art history as an undergraduate.  She noticed that all the art she wanted to study either featured an amazing costume or was inspirational to a fashion movement.  Deciding she wanted to be immersed in the fashion industry, she transferred to LIM College for the unique experiential education. Using the specialized collection at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library inspired Lauren to pursue her MLS.  Before becoming a Librarian, she worked in the fashion industry for an innovative retailer.  It had always been her dream to work in a library with a significant fashion collection and she feels tremendously fortunate to have found the opportunity

Elisa Goodkind & Lily Mandelbaum

Image of Elisa Goodkind and Lily MandelbaumStyleLikeU Co-founder & Editor in Chief, Elisa Goodkind, was a former fashion editor at Self and Glamour and a veteran fashion stylist with work published in Interview, In Style, Vanity Fair, Tatler, L’Uomo Vogue, Italian Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Gotham Magazines, among others. She has also styled many celebrities in the film, music and tv industries and is a former yoga teacher and partner at Yoga Zone. Her daughter, Lily Mandelbaum, is StyleLikeU’s other founder & Editor in Chief. She is a documentary film student at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and is passionate about social activism with a focus on creating social change through the medium of film. Lily is also the published author of the book StyleLikeU.


Amanda Hallay
Image of Amanda HallayAmanda Hallay, Assistant Clinical Professor at LIM College, is an author and cultural historian specializing in various aspects of 20th century popular culture and how each acts as a catalyst to another (as explored in her courses Cultural Connections to Fashion, Pop Century and Who Wore What When, created and taught exclusively at LIM College). The author of several books exploring 20th century pop culture, Professor Hallay’s book, The Popular History of Voodoo will be released by The History Press in 2013, and she will be presenting her research (and the challenges she met due to the lack of archiving of what many in the 20th century perceived as ‘lowbrow’) in her talk, DO DO THAT VOODO! Sex, Sin, Snakes and ‘The Dusky Other’ in 20th Century Popular Culture.

Amanda is the former International Fashion Editor of Couture and Men Mode magazines, and was at one time European Trend Analyst for the Doneger Group, a fashion forecasting service.  She is a graduate of the American University of Paris and England’s Bath Spa University.

Zoë Ivory
Image of Zoë IvoryZoë Ivory has been an Archivist in the Fashion Industry for 10 years, curating the corporate records and historic artifact collections of Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Delman and Nina Footwear. At Donna Karan she oversaw the Antique Library, a 10,000 piece collection of vintage clothing and accessories, spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, a resource of creative inspiration for DKNY and Donna Karan Collection designers.

At Calvin Klein Ms. Ivory managed the collection of Calvin Klein, including runway collections from 1969 to present.  For the Delman Archive she researched and acquired vintage Delman shoes and organized the paper records of the 93-year-old brand.  She created the Nina Archive, organizing 55 years of shoes, patterns, lasts, advertising materials, drawings and related ephemera.  She taught a course on the history of accessories, focusing on footwear at the Istituto di Design in Barcelona.

Ms. Ivory has completed all course work at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Graduate Program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, with a minor in Museum Studies from Beloit College and is currently enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Certificate Program for Production Management.  Two special interests, fair trade and sustainable production practices, are fundamental to her business plan for Bon Éléphant, a company she is forming to design and import fair trade produced scarves from India.

Kenneth M. Kambara
Image of Kenneth KambaraKenneth M. Kambara uses his multidisciplinary skills in a variety of endeavors, including analysis and consultation in social media, independent film production, screenwriting, and teaching marketing at LIM College. One of his screenplays is currently a semifinalist in the Nicholls Fellowship of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he is producing a documentary on the decline of family medicine, The Mercer Street Medical Case. His current research is on the use of visualization in marketing research and the phenomenon of brand backlash in the era of social media. He received his doctorate in Management from the University of California at Irvine, was an intercampus scholar at the Hass School at UC Berkeley, and received his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Oregon. Dr. Kambara has recently published an article from his dissertation on brand management, presented several papers at the American Sociology Association (ASA) in recent years, and contributes to an ASA group blog on culture, politics, and discourse.

Maheen Khan
Image of Maheen KhanMaheen Khan is a well-known pioneer in the Bangladesh design industry, having created the market for prêt-a-porter garments featuring local traditional designs. She founded and is the managing director of Mayasir Limited, a fashion house whose innovative designs reflect contemporary interpretations of indigenous Bangladeshi style. Ms. Khan's goal is to put Bangladesh's rich heritage on the global fashion map, while providing support to over 3,000 rural artisans working in textiles, jewelry, and other fashion accessories. She also writes a regular column on design and heritage crafts for the Daily Star Bangladesh, and is the founding chair of Arts Council Dhaka, which advocates for and promotes long neglected Bengal art. While on fellowship, she will examine heritage textiles, study folk arts promotion and related social enterprises, meet with fashion designers, and visit museums and galleries featuring Central and South Asian Collections and Native American Arts.

Lindsay King
Image of Lindsay KingLindsay King is the Public Services Librarian in the Haas Arts Library at Yale University, where she serves as the liaison to the Yale School of Drama. She previously worked in the Art Collection at Northwestern University Library and in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago. Lindsay holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and an MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her presentation is based on the article she co-authored with Russell T. Clement, "Style and Substance: Fashion in Twenty-First-Century Research Libraries," published in the spring 2012 issue of Art Documentation.


Nicole Kirpalani
Image of Nicole Kirpalani Nicole Kirpalani is Assistant Professor of Marketing & Management at LIM College, New York, NY.  Her research interests focus on the consumer side of marketing, including the co-creation of value, consumer relationships with brands (including fashion brands), and consumer privacy.  In addition, she is engaged in research related to marketing pedagogy. Dr. Kirpalani teaches both undergraduate and graduate marketing courses at LIM College.  She is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award at LIM College.  She holds a Ph.D. in Business (Marketing) from the City University of New York. 



Anya Kurennaya
Image of Anya KurennayaAnya Kurennaya is a recent graduate of the MA Fashion Studies program at Parsons The New School for Design, having previously studied linguistics and foreign languages at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and at McGill University in Montreal. She is a contributing editor of the recently launched Fashion Studies Journal, created by students in the MAFS program to showcase masters’ level work in fashion studies. She is currently working to publish selections from her thesis, entitled “Look What the Cat Dragged In: Masculinity, Sexuality and Authenticity in 1980s Glam Metal.”



Howard Vincent Kurtz
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Howard Vincent Kurtz is the Associate Professor of Theater and head of the design program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Professor Kurtz was honored to receive the George Mason University Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award and the Fenwick Library Fellowship for Research Award. Mr. Kurtz's previous work experience includes several years as a draper in New York City, creating costumes for Broadway, Hollywood films, and television. Howard is a professional union costume designer, designing costumes at many regional and local theaters in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He was nominated and received the Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award.

In addition to his academic and professional work in costume design, Mr. Kurtz is the Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Howard is responsible for maintaining the museum’s collection of textiles; including the cataloging and conservation of the collections and the preparation of exhibitions. He has curated two exhibitions highlighting the Post family costumes, Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes of the 1920s and Wedding Belles, Bridal Fashions From The Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958. Howard is currently writing a comprehensive book on Marjorie Merriweather Post’s costume collection.

Nicole LaMoreaux
Image of Nicole LaMoreauxNicole LaMoreaux is currently an Evening Librarian at LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library and a Reference Assistant at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Gladys Marcus Library. She received her Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Nicole has had a keen interest in fashion dating back to when she was in kindergarten in Alabama and always wore a wedding dress. Her presentation, with Kimberly Detterbeck and Marie Sciangula, is based on their research report on the information seeking behaviors of fashion bloggers, as part of the myMETRO Researchers Pilot Project

Laura Layfer
Image of Laura LayferLaura Layfer is currently the Art & Antiques Director at Branca, Inc., a design firm with offices in Chicago and New York. Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Layfer was the Furniture & Couture Specialist in the Interiors department at Christie’s, where she organized and directed the inaugural multi-owner couture sale for Christie’s New York in July 2008. Ms. Layfer joined Christie’s in 2005, as a junior specialist in the American Furniture & Folk Art department, and later served as the liaison for the Iconic Sales/ Collectibles department on special collections, handling all cataloguing and research for couture and accessories in such notable sales as: Maria Félix: La Doña (July 2007), The Nan Kempner Collection (October 2007), and Property From The Estate of Kitty Carlisle Hart (December 2007). Ms. Layfer returned to Christie’s as a fashion consultant in 2011, to work on The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor (December 2011).

Previous to her positions at Christie’s, Ms. Layfer was the Assistant Director of the American Arts Course at Sotheby’s Institute. Additionally, she has written for various print and online publications on the topics of fashion and furniture.

Ms. Layfer holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Michigan, a graduate certificate in American fine and decorative arts from Sotheby’s Institute, and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts & Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Masters Program with Parsons the New School.

Jacqueline LeBlanc
Image of Jacqueline LeBlancJacqueline LeBlanc, Ph.D.  is Vice President for Planning & Assessment at LIM College.  Working with faculty and staff across College departments to develop the College’s first integrated institutional planning and assessment program, she is the leader of the College’s processes for strategic planning, institutional assessment, and learning outcomes assessment.  As Accreditation Liaison Officer,  Dr. LeBlanc has successfully led the Middle States Self Study as well as Periodic Review Reports for LIM College, and she serves as co-champion for the LIM’s specialized accreditor, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

Barbara Leung
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Barbara Leung holds a BSc in Media, Culture and Communications and French from New York University. She is the current New York editor for Toronto-based online magazine, Front Row Mag. To add, Barbara discusses fashion-related events, spectacles, and theory on her personal blog, Phreshly Squeezed, and can also be found active on Twitter under the handle @barb_leung





 Michael Londrigan
Image of Michael LondriganIndustry veteran Michael Londrigan is the Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Chairperson of LIM College’s Fashion Merchandising department.   Professor Londrigan arrived at LIM College in 2008 with nearly 30 years of experience in the apparel industry focusing on retail, wholesale and textiles. He has a strong background in product development along with extensive executive sales, marketing and merchandising skills.  He holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Professor Londrigan is the author of the textbook Menswear: Business to Style, published by Fairchild Books. This groundbreaking text allowed colleges throughout the country to introduce a course specifically in menswear marketing.

Professor Londrigan has held a number of positions throughout his career, including National Sales and Marketing Manager for Ulster Weavers, Sales Executive for Regal Menswear, Managing Director of U.S. Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, Vice President of Sales at Harper Industries, Account Executive at Oxford Industries, and Associate Menswear Buyer for J.C. Penney. He also served as Project Coordinator for Social Accountability International’s “New York City Factory of the Future Project.” 

Maria Mackinney-Valentin
Image of Maria Mackinney-ValentinMaria Mackinney-Valentin holds an MA in literature from the University of Copenhagen and earned her Ph.D. degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Design School (KADK). The Ph.D. dissertation was entitled “On the Nature of Trends: A Study of Trend Mechanisms in Contemporary Fashion” (2010) and was an effort to map, update and develop the field of Trend Studies. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow that KADK where her research centers on consumer behavior. She will be presenting a paper on the paradoxes of retro in contemporary fashion.

Suz Massen
Photo of Suz Massen by Benjamin Lee from his street style blog Street Green PhotoSuz Massen has an advanced degree in information and library science from the University at Albany, State University of New York.  She also holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Binghamton University, State University of New York, and recently finished her thesis for an advanced degree in art history from Hunter College, City University of New York. An information generalist, Suz prefers to know a moderate amount about many things instead of knowing much about a specific thing. She feels that knowing how to find information is more important than knowing it by heart. Suz enjoys visual dictionaries, graphic novels, and vintage etiquette books. She focuses on pursuits that will aid her in not just being a librarian (as she already is), but in being a super librarian (what she aspires to be).

Emilee Mathews
Image of Emilee MathewsEmilee Mathews is the Interim Director of the Fine Arts Library at Indiana University in Bloomington. She earned her master’s degrees in Art History and Library Science at Indiana University in 2011. As the director of the Fine Arts Library, she provides vision for the public services of the library, actively participates in the School of Fine Arts’ teaching mission, and works closely with faculty and graduate students to achieve research excellence. She is looking forward to presenting her research on teaching visual literacy through popular culture in her collaborations with apparel merchandising, fashion design, studio art, and art history faculty at IUB.



Jean Meek-Barker
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Jean Meek-Barker began her career assisting Paramount Studios librarian Gladys Percey. Among her credits, she has been a photo stylist for Mademoiselle, a store merchandising representative for Harper's Bazaar, a reporter at the New York Herald-Tribune, and fashion editor for Redbook. Ms. Meek-Barker is the current archivist at Fashion Group International, and a 50-year member of the organization.





Milan Milasinovic
Image of Milan MilasinovicDr. Milan Milasinovic - Vice President for Academic Affairs at LIM College, New York is an expert in entrepreneurship, e-business and business ethics, with a track record of success in the global fashion industry.  Dr. Milasinovic joined LIM College in 2007, after serving as the Academic Dean of Graduate Studies at the European School of Economics.  In his academic career he has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Trieste's MIB Graduate School of Business in Italy and a lecturer at SDA Bocconi School of Managment in Milan, Italy.

In 2000, Dr. Milasinovic received Wall Street Europe's Dow Jones Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement in E-Commerce and in 2008 he authored the book Price Volatility and Reference Price (VDM Muller). He is currently working on his second book Technology for Business of Fashion (Fairchild Publications). 

Dr. Milasinovic holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from NSU, Fort Lauderdale FL, an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Milan) and Univeristy of Florida, as well as a Master certificate in Information Technology from New York University.

  Caroline Rennolds Milbank
Image of covers to represent Caroline Rennolds Milbank
Caroline Rennolds Milbank has been involved with the history of fashion for more than 30 years. Beginning with her first job after college at Sotheby’s she has worked as an auction house expert of couture clothing, an appraiser and as a curator of the costume components of art exhibitions at the Clark Art Institute, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has written articles, on-line articles, essays for museum catalogues, along with four books. Her focus is European and American women’s attire during the 19th and 20th centuries.


Nancy Miller
Image of Nancy MillerNancy Miller is a full-time faculty member in LIM College’s Fashion Merchandising Department. She teaches a variety of courses, including, but not limited to, Fashion Fundamentals, Textiles, Product Development, and Web PDM. She also teaches in LIM College’s summer program for high school students.

Prior to joining LIM College in 2005, Miller enjoyed a fashion industry career that spanned more than 25 years and included work in textile sales management, apparel merchandising, and product development. 

Miller was inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in 2012 and was the recipient of LIM College’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009.

Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Syracuse University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Virginia Millington
Image of Virginia MillingtonVirginia is the Manager, Recording and Archive of StoryCorps. Born in Washington, DC, Virginia spent her formative years learning the ropes in a variety of libraries, archives, and special collections, including stints at the Library of Congress, the Walker Art Center, and Columbia University’s Diamond Law Library. Prior to arriving in Brooklyn, she worked in research and exhibitions at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Since 2004, she has been involved with the DC Listening Lounge, a group of independent audio producers. She received her Masters in Library Science from the Pratt Institute.



Tal Nadan
Image of Tal NadanTal Nadan is the Reference Archivist for the New York Public Library's Manuscripts and Archives Division. In addition to an MLS, she also holds a MS in the History, Theory and Criticism of Art, Design and Architecture. Her interests are in 20th century design as relating to consumer culture, previously studying packaging design for her master's thesis. The presentation will discuss the relationships of different areas of the industry and the modes of information sharing, rooted in the activities of the non-profit Fashion Group International throughout its 80-year history.

Nicole Pagowsky
Image of Nicole PagowskyNicole Pagowsky is an Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Arizona. She created Librarian Wardrobe in 2010, a mostly user-generated blog to serve as a catalog of how information professionals dress for work. Nicole is interested in user experience and visual perceptions of information workers, which is explored through interviews and other mediated posts. With a variety of stereotypes floating around about librarians, whether it is buns and shushing or tattoos and social clubs, the blog hopes to dispel these assumptions and question whether they even matter. Nicole developed a program on style, stereotypes, and perceptions for a packed room at the American Library Association 2012 Annual Conference; and participated in a panel on developing a niche through Librarian Wardrobe, within communities of librarians. Nicole’s presentation will focus on internal and external perceptions of library workers and how content from Librarian Wardrobe is used by both information professionals and the public.

Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
Image of Einav Rabinovitch-FoxEinav is a Ph.D. student at the history department in New York University. Her dissertation, “This is What a Feminist Looks Like: The Construction of the New Woman Imagery through Fashion and the Political Culture of American Feminism 1890-1940,” examines the ways in which women employed dress styles in negotiating and constructing gendered political identities, as well as in advancing feminist agendas during the early decades of the twentieth century. Her project examines the intersections between feminism and fashion, claiming that the two are inherently connected, not opposing each other. She won the 2012-2013 Winterthur Library and Museum Research Fellowship and the 2012-2013 Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, as well as research grants from New York University.


 Lisa Ryan
Image of Lisa RyanLisa Ryan, the Reference and Instruction Librarian at  LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library and organizer of Fashion: Now & Then, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Having been “bitten by the fashion bug” as a teenager, she came to New York in 1988 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Lisa has been preserving fashion information on her own since 1983 when she began collecting fashion books. Now she owns (and has cataloged) a collection of more than 1,000 volumes, which she manages to squeeze into her Manhattan apartment. “I don't look at having my library as a sacrifice…although my husband and daughter would disagree.”

She received her M.S. from Pratt Institute and has worked at Christie’s as an Associate Librarian. Lisa started as the Archivist and is now the Reference and Instruction Librarian at LIM College. She is active in ARLIS/NY (the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America.)

George Sanchez
Image of George SanchezGeorge Sanchez (MLS, Rutgers University, MPS, New York Technical College). Came to LIM College in 1985 and served as the Director of the Adrian G. Marcuse Library for 25 years. His experience in retailing and in human resources brought a fashion business perspective to his academic credentials. He was knowledgeable in many areas, such as, general business, film and fashion as well as music. He was also known for his dedication to teaching and working with individual students and faculty on their research projects. Under his leadership, the library expanded along with the college from a 900-square-foot space with 8,000 volumes to a 5,000-square-foot facility with over 18,000 volumes and an electronic collection. George also performed with the LIM College Players as a tribute to the late faculty member Leah Ryan to help raise scholarship funds for students. He recently “retired,” and is currently teaching classes at Fashion Institute of Technology and enjoying time with friends and family. 

Marie Sciangula
Image of Marie SciangulaMarie Sciangula is the Assistant Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) at Purchase College, State University of New York. She has been working with Purchase College faculty and educational technologies for over a decade. She received her MLIS from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Her presentation, with Kim Detterbeck and Nicole LaMoreaux, is based on their research report on the information seeking behaviors of fashion bloggers, as part of the myMETRO Researchers Pilot Project.


Thomaï Serdari
Image of Thomaï SerdariWith a career of 15 years as Director of Research Collections at the Department of Art History, New York University, Thomaï Serdari is an expert in articulating new research questions and defining interdisciplinary areas of inquiry. Her research focuses on the intersection of fine arts and commerce, a field she calls “luxury arts” and which includes luxury goods in the areas of fashion, product design, and architecture. Her ideas developed into the core course for the Luxury Marketing specialization at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Additionally, Thomaï teaches “Cultures of Excess: Product and Fashion Design through Modernity,” “Research Methods,” and “Entrepreneurship in the Business of Art” also at NYU.

Thomaï is currently working on two books, the biography of Robert Rosenblum, American art historian, and a textbook on entrepreneurship in the arts. She maintains an independent practice as a USPAP qualified appraiser in fine and luxury arts. She is the founder of Ad Nobile, a think tank dedicated to the research of processes, products, and strategies in the luxury segment of the market. Thomaï holds a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Jenny Swadosh
Jenny Swadosh is Assistant Archivist for the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives of Parsons The New School for Design. Previously, she held archives and library positions at the Hadassah Archives at the American Jewish Historical Society and the Staten Island Museum (formerly, Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences). She received her MLS from Queens College-City University of New York with a certificate in Archives, Records Management and Preservation in 2007. While completing her graduate research requirements in 2006, she was awarded a Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute internship at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.

Ms. Swadosh holds a BS in Media, Culture and Communication Studies from New York University (’99) and worked in the publishing industry before pursuing graduate study. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Mid-Atlantic Region Archives Conference, and the Archivists’ Round Table of Metropolitan New York. Ms. Swadosh also serves as the Archives Committee Chair for the Association for Gravestone Studies.

Elisabet Takehana
Image of Elisabet TakehanaElisabet Takehana is Assistant Professor in the English Studies department of Fitchburg State University. Her scholarly interests include aesthetics, digital studies, and 20th century text and image production. She is currently completing a co-edited proceedings for the FDS 2010 conference ( for two special issues of the Digital Humanities Quarterly. Her essay, "Baroque Computing: Interface and the Subject-Object Divide" for Design, Mediation and the Post-human is forthcoming 2013 while “William Burroughs / Robert Rauschenberg: Text-Image / Image-Text” appears in the anthology The Future of Text and Image (Cambridge Scholars Press).


Joseph Ungoco
Image of Joseph UngocoJoseph Ungoco is an Adjunct Professor at LIM College where he teaches the Capstone course for graduate students in the MBA program. He has over six years of progressively advancing Editorial experience in the Fashion Magazine Industry and over 16 years experience in strategic planning, communications and public relations. Professor Ungoco is the founder of ICON Consulting Services, a consultancy group that provides small business entrepreneurs with business solutions.
Professor Ungoco received an MBA, cum laude from Boston University, as well as a BA, cum laude and MA in Medical Science.

Monique Vandresen
Image of Monique VandresenMonique has taught Fashion Communications at Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina in Brazil since 1998. In addition to working as a journalist  at Revista Nova Cosmopolitan, Jornal O Estado, Revista Veja, and Jornal AN Capital, Monique has also worked in public relations at Compania de Notícias, CDN.  Her research interests are fashion, consumerism, magazines, and new technologies.  Monique holds a BA in Communications from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, a MA in Developmental Studies from Institute of Social Studies (den Haag, Netherlands), and a PhD in Communications from Universidade do Estado de São Paulo.

Amy Wolfe
Image of a "Vote" button, football, baseball and books used to represent Amy WolfeAmy Wolfe has been an academic librarian for over 14 years.  Currently she is the Technical Services & Reference Librarian at LIM College's Adrian G. Marcuse Library.  Previously she headed Public and Access Services departments at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and City College, CUNY in Manhattan, in addition to being the Technical Services & Systems Librarian at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC.

When it came time to go to college and graduate school, Amy, a lifelong New Yorker and Brooklynite, decided to venture outside of New York and head to Wisconsin.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Women’s Studies & History and minoring in African-American Literature. She then earned her Master’s degree in Library Studies from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies, focusing on User Education, Bibliographic Instruction, Reference, and Research. 

Amy loves being a librarian and is always focused on making sure that library users have access to information and in minimizing the physical and psychological costs of using a library. To this end Amy is always watching and trying to learn how people seek, access, organize and use information in their everyday lives.  Amy has also been working with colleagues on research about Distance Learning and using Web 2.0 technologies in meaningful ways. 

Amy is a huge sports fan and political junkie and can be found many days sitting in her office working on the ILS or cataloging while listening to the latest sports or political happenings in the world.


David Wolfe
Image of David WolfeAs Creative Director of The Doneger Group, David analyzes trends influencing big-picture developments in style, culture and society.   A high-profile personality, David’s wit and wisdom have earned him a stellar reputation over his 50 years in the fashion industry.  He is known as “America’s Foremost Fashion Forecaster” and is the most quoted authority in the industry, his views and quips appearing in various publications and on television. 

A native of Ohio, David began his career there in a small department store.  In the 1960s he moved to London where he quickly established himself as a leading fashion artist published in Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily and The London Sunday Times.  In 1969, he helped to establish the “fashion service” segment of the industry and is credited with being the originator of what became known as “trend forecasting” while working for a decade as Creative Director of IM International.  He then established TFS The Fashion service and returned to the U.S. as President of that company.  He joined The Doneger Group in 1990. 

Today David devotes much of his time to public appearances including frequently acting as guest lecturer at LIM College where his daughter, Amanda Hallay, teaches, and where he serves on the Advisory Board.

Denice Yanni
Image of Denice YanniDr. Denice Yanni is the Chair of LIM College’s Arts & Communications Department. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  She also teaches the Public Speaking, Honors Public Speaking, Professional Communications, and Research and Analysis courses. Dr. Yanni’s primary areas of scholarship are communication and memory, communication and aging, and the role of communication technologies in social construction.

Dr. Yanni is the author of “Shifts in Identity: The Contextualizing Function of Communication Technologies,” a chapter in Context and Communication Behavior, James L. Owen (ed.), University of Nevada/Reno Press (1997); “Ecofeminism as Transformative Discourse,” a chapter in Proceedings of the Conference on Communication and Our Environment, James G. Cantrill and M. Jimmie Killingsworth (eds.), Northern Michigan University Printing Services (1993); and “Speaking Metaphorically: A Cultural Enactment of Community Among Women” a chapter in Constructing and Reconstructing Gender, Linda A.M. Perry (ed.), SUNY Press (1992).

Among Dr. Yanni’s published academic papers is “The Social Construction of Women as Mediated by Advertising,” which first appeared in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, (Winter 1990) Vol. 14, No. 1, and was then selected for inclusion in Sociological Abstracts (1991), going on to become one of the top 100 articles cited from the Journal of Communication Inquiry from 1986-2011.

Created 8/15/12 Updated 10/22/12 AW


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