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Mara Hoffman to Give Keynote Address at LIM’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference

LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library will host its seventh annual Fashion: Now & Then conference Thursday, October 19 through Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the LIM College Townhouse (12 East 53rd Street). This year’s theme is Fashion & Sustainability.

Attending this pioneering global fashion information conference will be more than 200 academicians and professionals from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums all over the world.

The event’s keynote speaker, Mara Hoffman, is the President and Creative Director of her namesake brand encompassing Women's ready to wear and swim. The brand is dedicated to implementing more responsible and sustainable practices in their materials, processes, production, partnerships, and messaging. 

Among the presentations at this year’s Fashion: Now & Then conference are:

  • Fairy Tale or Future: How 3D Printing Might Change the Apparel Industry looks at the impact of 3D printing on the apparel industry and will discuss whether 3D printing is “hype,” or an effective business model leading to a more sustainable way of production.
  • Green is (Not) the New Black: The Role of Sustainability within Historically Black Communities posits that within black communities, sustainability is not a new fashion trend. “Green” has always been “Black,” in that the fashion background of black people is based in a long history of African and African-diasporic vendors selling one of a kind, hand crafted fashion products within their own communities.
  • SolarTextiles: Harvesting the Sun’s Energy to Make Textiles and Clean the Environment, All at Once will present an overview of how novel solar-chemical processes can be implemented in the production of textile materials, and how these processes can contribute to a climate positive value chain for the fashion industry.
  • Fit Issues at Retail: Fashion Industry Survey Results Evaluating How Garment Fit is Achieved will present the results of a survey of 400 fashion professionals on their views on fit, how they fit samples, number of fit samples created, and the factors that drive the number of samples, and then discuss how to use that information to support sustainability.

According to Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President of LIM College, “LIM College’s Fashion: Now & Then conference attracts attendees from all over the world who come to hear from great thought leaders, including many members of our own esteemed faculty. This conference continues to serve as an authoritative source and important annual event for fashion librarians and archivists, and this year’s theme of sustainability makes it all the more timely and compelling for a range of professionals.” 

For a complete conference schedule and registration information visit: