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A Trip Through Fashion History

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With a refurbished space in our Maxwell Hall building and plans for digitization, the LIM College Archives is expanding its services — both within the College and beyond our walls.

The Archives holds special collections, rare books, manuscripts, fashion plates, sketches, photographs, videos, historical newspaper clippings, trend forecasting materials, textiles, and ephemera related to the fashion industry. We also have records, yearbooks, catalogs, and local New York materials that showcase LIM College’s rich history.

As we continue to meet the research needs of LIM’s students and faculty, we are also excited about providing increased access to researchers and building new partnerships within the fashion industry. We welcome researchers, professionals, educators, and those who are interested in learning more about the fashion business to visit the LIM College Archives.

Some highlights from our collections include:

  • Maxwell F. Marcuse Collection: Maxwell F. Marcuse founded LIM College (originally named the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising) in 1939. The LIM College Archives holds Marcuse’s manuscripts, correspondence, research materials, photographs, news clippings, and his published works, including The New Album of Retail Buyers,This Was New York!, and Tin Pan Alley in Gaslight.

Marcia Cosmetics Formula and Brochures

  • The LIM College Records: These are items of enduring value created by or about LIM College. This collection includes photos, letters, programs, catalogs, videos, newsletters, yearbooks, brochures, invitations, flyers, clippings, and ephemera.

Fashion Show Program, 1946

  • Fashion Plates: A collection from 1912–1914

Costumes Parisiens, 1914


Costumes Parisiens, 1912

  • David Wolfe Collection: One of the fashion industry’s leading trend authorities, David is a member of LIM’s Fashion Industry Advisory Board. This collection includes a wonderful mix of historical trend forecasting materials from the 1970s through the 2000s, David’s sketches, and his unique paper dolls based on 20th century styles and culture.

032416_7.jpgIM Color Combo Ideas Book, spring 1975 © David Wolfe

      • Designer Lookbooks: Lookbooks from more than 180 fashion designers and organizations (2013–2016)

032416_8.jpgFeatured lookbooks from Miu Miu, Sonzi Handmade Textiles, and Prada. Donated by Esquire.

      • Stanley Kohlenberg Collection: An adjunct faculty member LIM College, Stanley Kohlenberg was a Senior Vice President at Revlon and helped to found Calvin Klein Cosmetics. His collection includes materials that document the history of Revlon as well as the cosmetics and fragrance industry.

032416_9.jpgFire and Ice: The Story of Charles Revson—the Man Who Built Revlon by Andrew Tobias. Signed copy by author with inscription to Stanley Kohlenberg.

      • Retrospective Magazine Collection: A variety of fashion magazines from the 20th century, including Mode, Vogue, Vintage Magazine, DNR, and Life.

      • Visionaire: Multi-format fashion and art resources produced in exclusive numbered limited editions. Here is a complete listing of our Visionaire materials.
      • American Fabrics Collection: More than 90 issues from the 1940s through the 1980s with textiles, advertisements, special inserts, and inspirational pieces

032416_11.jpgAmerican Fabrics, Number One, 1946

If you are interested in learning more about our collections, visiting, or partnering with the LIM College Archives, please contact Liz Marotta, Archivist/Librarian at or 646-218-4155.

Topics: President Elizabeth Marcuse, President's Blog, LIM College Archives