Monday, May 2, 2016

Laughing at (and with) the Fashion World

On the classic 1990s TV show Absolutely Fabulous, best friends Patsy and Edina took London by storm with their love of outrageous fashion—particularly Lacroix, darlings—and equally outrageous behavior.  Absolutely Fabulous the show, and the new movie coming out this summer, thoroughly satirizes (with love) the fashion world and its many inhabitants.  When you’re ready to see just how funny fashion can be, check out these materials at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library:

Complete Collection, Series 1 to 3
[Call number DVD ABS S. 1-3]
by Kate Hahn
[Call number 818.602 HAH]
by Simon Doonan
[Call number 746.92 DOO]
by Amy Odell
[Call number 746.92 ODE]

Posted on May 2, 2016 I Blog post by Rebecca Clark, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)

Monday, April 25, 2016

In Need of a Vacation?

With the touch of warm weather hitting New York City and the spring semester coming to an end, we all feel the need of a vacation. Whether we are in the position to do so, reading about other people’s travels can be just as exhilarating (not really). A vacation can be domestic, and to some a state of mental relaxation no matter where they are. If a complete change of scenery is what you’re looking for, perhaps studying abroad may come to interest. I have listed three books for the different kind of travelers: the one who wants a guide to fashion and food, the one who wants to be safe and culturally appropriate, and the one who didn’t get to travel but still wants to vicariously through a book.

647 SOU
Carlos Souza is a worldwide ambassador for Valentino sharing a guide of his favorite destinations during his travels. It also includes recommendations on food, cities, and fashion.

613.68 LEK
A travel model to help one utilize their personal, cross-cultural and security skills abroad.

910.4 GIL
A story of Elizabeth Gilbert setting out to explore three aspect of her nature in three different cultures. She channels pleasure in Italy, devotion in India, and a balance of worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence in Bali (an island of Indonesia). 

Check out these books & more during our May Book Display dedicated to traveling!

Posted on April 25, 2016 I Blog post by Joely Liriano (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Monday, April 18, 2016

“I never met anyone who likes calling a business”

By Andre Gunawan. To use this image, please attribute to "Tech in Asia" with a link to ""

The statement above was made by Mark Zuckerberg at the 2016 F8 Developer Conference, and is the driving force behind Facebook’s entrance into (ro)bot-enabled chat-based commerce (c-commerce).  Facebook is allowing developers to add chat-based software to company sites thereby integrating chat service into retail shopping. This will easily connect retailers with Facebook’s 900 million subscribers and eliminates for consumers the time-consuming activity of downloading apps. Shoppers will interface with AI software by, for example, sending a text asking “what is popular now?” By inferring meaning and taking clues from the customer, the bot will then present options which are later refined according to customer preferences. The interaction style is meant to resemble a conversation with a friend or personal shopper.  Current Artificial Intelligent software is insufficiently sophisticated for this task. So, for at least the immediate future, e-commerce for will require invisible seamless human assistance. Interestingly, the addition of human interaction returns the experience to the person-to-person origins of personal shoppers.  Of note, Facebook believes the experience is enhanced by the fact that texting is gender-neutral, unlike voice-activated software, such as Siri. Is c-commerce a new form of shopping (after the physical store and a Web site), or is a repackaging of existing software that gives the impression of a something new?  

Check out these articles using our New York Times and databases!

Issac, Mike, (2016, April 12). Facebook Bets on Bots for Its Messenger App. New York Times.

McDowell, Maghan, (2016, April 12). Facebook Brings Chat-Based Commerce Mainstream. WWD.

McDowell, Maghan, (2016, January 29). Is Chat-Based Commerce Retail’s Next Phase. WWD. 

Posted on April 18, 2016 I Blog post by Lou Acierno, M.L.I.S. (Director of Library Services)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Fashion: Now & Then: Fashion as Art 
October 20 - 22, 2016

LIM College, New York City, NY

Call for Presentations & Artwork
Submission Due Date: Monday, June 6, 2016
Date of Notification: Monday, June 27, 2016

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the sixth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and art in fashion. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is Fashion as Art. We look forward to proposals that will demonstrate how fashion information and art in fashion have evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects 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. 

The event will take place in the LIM College Townhouse (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues).

Presentation Proposals and Notifications
Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, email address, photo (300 dpi), and short biography (200 words or less) of the presenter(s) and an abstract of the 15 minute presentation (500 words). Email the presentation proposal to Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment.

At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference and present the paper.

Proposal Submission Review Committee: Nicole LaMoreaux, Lou Acierno, Rebecca Clark, Rebecca Collier, Lauren Gavin, Patti Jordan, Kenneth Kambara, Nicole Kirpalani, Laurel Lueders, Elizabeth Marotta, MT Teloki.

Artwork Submissions and Notifications
Artwork submissions should include: the name, title, affiliation, email address, photo (300 dpi) and short biography (200 words or less) of the artist, a short statement about the piece that includes the medium and dimensions (500 words), and a PDF or JPG of the artwork. Artwork submissions can include: photography, paintings, drawings, apparel, multi-media, sculpture, digital art, and video. We request that any 2D work is protected and ready for hanging. Email the artwork submission to Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment.

The artist of the accepted piece must register for the conference and set up the piece. The set-up and take down of the piece will be conducted by the artist along with the conference committee members. Set-up will take place on Thursday, October 20th and take down will take place on Saturday, October 22nd

Artwork Submission Review Committee: Nicole LaMoreaux, Lou Acierno, Rebecca Clark, Rebecca Collier, Lauren Gavin, Patti Jordan, Kenneth Kambara, Laurel Lueders, Elizabeth Marotta, MT Teloki.

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 LIM College Library and 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. 

Additional Information & Contact 
For additional information about the upcoming Fashion: Now & Then Conference or to view information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences:

Fashion: Now & Then Blog:

If you have any questions please contact Nicole LaMoreaux, Reference & Instruction Librarian at LIM College

Monday, April 11, 2016

CSR in Context: Fashion & Globalization

Corporate Social Responsibility has been shaping way that a new generation looks at business. Companies are held accountable for their socially responsible business practices and are expected to work in favor of positive ethics. As consumers, we are attracted to companies that promote their CSR initiatives and are willing to reward them with our consumer loyalty. LIM College is continuously exposing us to how the fashion industry implements CSR and how they work in favor of communities. This could be through a simple donation with a product purchase or the economic growth associated with outsourcing. Global outsourcing is one of the most common actions seen in the fashion and the overall retail industry. By contracting or owning factories in China, Mexico, or Taiwan, retailers can produce their product at extremely lower costs than if that same product were made in the U.S. All too often we run into articles or news stories exposing the real truth behind garment factories and their poor labor and safety conditions. This seems to be more relevant in fast fashion, but is clearly an issue all around. 

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library’s 658 section has some great reads which will help you to understand how you can take part in CSR. The World Guide to CSR, located at 658.408 VIS, discusses the global implications of socially responsible business practices and creates profiles for each country listed. Check out this and other texts about sustainability and manufacturing to learn more.

The CSR Club at LIM College will be hosting its Earth Day Fair on Friday, April 22nd. They will be covering the global effects of CSR through keynote speaker presentations and afternoon activities. Stay tuned for more info! 

Update: The CSR Club will be holding an Earth Day Fair on Friday, April 22nd from 1-4pm in Maxwell Hall's Student Center. 

Posted on April 11, 2016 I Blog post by Thomas Goonan (student worker of the LIM College Library)

Monday, April 4, 2016

On Beauty

How do you define beauty?  You can find many answers to this question at Cooper Hewitt’s current exhibit Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. With more than 250 works by 63 designers from around the world, artists communicate their interpretations of beauty through design, art, fashion, interactive games, jewelry, hairstyles, furnishings, and architecture. The exhibit celebrates the process of creativity and the designers’ different views within the following seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental, and transformative. The works cover a wide range of perspectives and just as many design formats.  Visitors will experience everything from traditional forms to 3-D printed wearable objects to decorative art and even wallpaper designs from archival images. Cooper Hewitt describes this experience as “multisensory,” as it taps into the visitors’ minds and senses. For an online look, the museum offers a companion digital collection at

We were inspired by this topic at the Adrian G. Marcuse Library and want to share some of our recommended books on beauty:
by Andrew Bolton
[Call numbers: DES MCQ and 746.9209 BOL]

by Julian Robinson
[Call number: 646.7 ROB]

by Debra Mancoff
[Call number: 704.94 MAN]

by Dave Beech
[Call number: 701 BEE]

by Kate Mulvey
[Call number: 391 MUL]

by Bertie Winkel
[Call number: 391.6 WIN]

by Akiko Fukai
[Call number: 746.92 FUK]

Check out these books, and send us your thoughts about beauty on Twitter (@LIMLibrary)!

For more information on the Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial exhibit, visit

Posted on April 04, 2016 I Blog post by Elizabeth Marotta, M.L.I.S. (Archivist/Librarian) 

April Library Displays

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library is gearing up for the end of the semester (and finals) with two timely displays:

Stress Awareness Month
And if that stress is really getting to you, check out our display on  

National Humor Month 
Stop by the Library to check out these relaxing books and DVDs today!

Posted on April 04, 2016 I Blog post by Rebecca Clark, M.L.I.S. (Evening Librarian)