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LIM Faculty Lead the Charge at Fashion: Now & Then

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Last week, LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library hosted the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then conference, during which more than 200 fashion librarians, archivists, and information professionals from around the world came together to explore the past, present, and future uses of global fashion information.

LIM faculty members played key roles at the conference, with a record number sharing their work on a diverse array of topics.

To kick off the conference, Professor Amanda Hallay presented “SALUDOS, AMIGOS!: Fashion and The Good Neighbor Policy,” a look at Latin America’s influence on U.S. fashion.

Professor John Deming and Dr. Kenneth Kambara’s “Postpone the Eulogy: Print is Not Dead” examined the unique role that print media, specifically fashion magazines, play in our culture. They were joined by Maranda Janky, an LIM College undergrad who is Managing Editor of The Lexington Line, our student-produced online publication.

Dr. Kambara then moderated a panel on the future of media, which included Professors Deming and Jess Novak. Dr. Kambara also joined Professor Robert Conrad to present the results of their recent study on fashion brands and Millennials.

Professor John Keane explored the intersection of media, fashion and celebrity culture through a review of the magazines In Touch Weekly and Life & Style Weekly.

Professor Gordon Kendall took on the future of fashion textbooks, and how they might evolve to become more valued sources of information, while Professor Paula Wang focused on China’s burgeoning licensing business.

Our Graduate Studies programs were represented by Dean Jacqui Jenkins, who dissected the history of supply chain management and its growing significance in the global fashion industry. 

Dr. Nicole Kirpalani and Professor Erin McKinstry examined factors driving the “athleisure” trend. Dr. Kirpalani also teamed up with colleagues to present a case study on how Burberry has reinvented itself for the digital age.

Professor Janice Everett looked at how the goddesses Artemis and Diana have been portrayed in art and media, and their influence on current fashion trends. Professor LeeAnn Turgeon-Rutkovsky explored the past and present nature of, and challenges in, the fashion and textile industries.

Fashion: Now & Then has become an important annual event and I’m proud of the contributions our faculty have made to this conference. They share their knowledge and experience with our students on a daily basis, and Fashion: Now & Then provides an ideal platform to share this expertise with the wider community of academicians and fashion professionals.

Thank you to all those who participated, as well as to conference organizer Nicole LaMoreaux and the entire staff of the Adrian G. Marcuse Library for another job well done.

Topics: Fashion Now & Then, Lexington Line

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