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Europeana Fashion, Comprehensive Digital European Fashion Library and Information Portal, to Be Previewed at LIM College’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference


Professionals and students from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums will gather for annual conference on fashion information

LIM College will host Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode, a conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of global fashion information, Thursday, October 3 through Saturday, October 5, 2013 at LIM College (12 East 53rd Street).

This year’s edition of the annual international fashion information conference will feature the official U.S. unveiling of Europeana Fashion, an online European fashion archive which ultimately will include more than 700,000 digital items of fashion content connected to Europeana, the European Digital Library. A preview and demonstration of Europeana Fashion will be presented by Alessandra Arezzi Boza, Communications and Content Director of the Europeana Fashion Project, during the conference’s keynote address on Friday, October 4 from 10:15-11:00 a.m.

The Europeana Fashion Project encompasses 22 partners from 12 European countries including: the private archives of Pittimmagine, Pucci, Missoni and Rossimoda, museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A), the Musée de la Mode et du Textile at Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris,  MoMu (Mode Museum) of Antwerp , MUDE (Museu do Design e da Moda) of Lisbon, the Museo del Traje of Madrid, the Centraal Museum of Utrecht, and new associated partners the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum and the Gianfranco Ferre Foundation.

Europeana Fashion offers a variety of specialized services and features including a specialized data model known as EFDM, a fashion thesaurus available in 10 languages, and the IPR Best Practice Guidelines Manual, which was created in collaboration with the V&A to assist Europeana Fashion partners in clearing intellectual property rights for images. In addition to delivering content through its portal, Europeana Fashion will develop an interactive component -- with a Tumblr blog dedicated to virtual fashion exhibitions curated by partners and guest curators, an events section, and an active presence on leading social media platforms. Europeana Fashion aims to become a true forum of fashion, where all of its users and communities—including the general public, creative and research professionals, and fashion institutions-- exchange information on fashion topics, contribute fashion content and provide feedback.

Lisa Ryan, LIM College Reference & Instruction Librarian and organizer of the Fashion: Now & Then conference said, “We are very pleased the Europeana Fashion consortium has chosen to preview their portal at our conference. Until Fashion Now & Then began in 2011, there had not been an international forum for discussion among fashion information professionals. Unfortunately, a significant portion of historical fashion and fashion-related information and materials have been lost or not collected and preserved, and information about their existence and availability has not been well-disseminated. LIM College is very proud to be the venue of choice for the introduction to the U.S. of what will be the premier source of European digital fashion information.”

Among the other highlights of the conference will be:

*Robots Reading Vogue: Zooming In and Zooming Out on a Century of Fashion
Lindsay M. King, Public Services Librarian, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University and Peter Leonard, Librarian for Digital Humanities Research, Yale University Library

*Teenage Invasion!: History and Research Use of Teen Lifestyle Magazines Published in the United States
Suz Massen, Chief of Public Services, Frick Art Reference Library

*The New York Library Picture Collection: A Century of Inspiration
Billy Parrott, Managing Librarian of the Art and Picture Collections, Acting Chief Librarian, The Mid-Manhattan Branch of The New York Public Library

*From Crinolines to Trousers: Fashion at the Schlesinger Library
Diana Carey, Reference Librarian, Visual Resources, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University and Susan Earle, Manuscript Cataloger, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

*Revolutionizing the Standard of Beauty: The Gibson Girl in Popular Print
Amber R. Paranick, Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, Serial & Government Publications Division

*Traveling in Style: An Examination of Louis Vuitton Advertisements in Vogue Magazine (1972—2012)
Nicole Kirpalani, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Management, & Finance, LIM College Ansgar Buschmann, Post-Doc, Center of Management, University of Müenster

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Photo: LIM College Fashion Show, Plaza Hotel, 1970’s. Image Courtesy of the LIM College Archives

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