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Blog Posts by Subject: Fashion

LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail

Training in luxury retail. Free for qualifying individuals who are unemployed or underemployed.Read More ›

Booktalking "#Girlboss" by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia remembers her favorite pair of jeans at age six, and all of the clothing phases that she passed through. She never envisioned herself as the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, but that is exactly what she became. Read More ›

Mad Men Fashion

The series finale of Mad Men that aired on AMC on May 17 roughly coincided with NYPL's digitization of over one-thousand fashion illustrations produced in the 1950s and '60s by New York City-based firm Creators Studios. See if you can spot the traces of the show's female protagonists in these ready-to-wear design drawings.Read More ›

Podcast #60: Diane von Furstenberg on Confident Women

Diane von Furstenberg, when asked to describe herself in seven words, provided a resounding statement on her identity: "Woman, woman, woman, woman, woman, woman, woman."Read More ›

Podcast #53: RuPaul on Fantasy, Identity, and Diana Ross

RuPaul was crowned the “Queen of Manhattan” in 1989 and has since published two books and released hit songs over the course of eleven studio albums. We were lucky to hear our LIVE from the NYPL guest discuss the dualistic nature of identity, the great Diana Ross, and fantasy.Read More ›

March Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Drawing as a form of inquiry... groundbreaking graphic designers... The U.S. a safe haven for Nazis... 1,000 years of visualizing the cosmos... a moment-by-moment account of Hurricane Sandy... the era of great American songwriting... the evolution of the painted nail...Read More ›

Champagne Supernovas and Other Fun Fashion Reads

While waiting between shows at Fashion Week, you might be in need of a good book. Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen and the ‘90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion is reading for the runway.Read More ›

Calling All Artists: Design Schomburg's Future!

On February 9, 2015, the Schomburg Center will launch its search for the perfect t-shirt design that captures the essence of the institution. The winning design will be printed on t-shirts and other merchandise and sold in the Schomburg Shop! Read More ›

The Eyes Have It: Lenses and Vision Health

If you're wearing glasses or contact lenses while reading this, take a look at these eye-opening resources.Read More ›

Fall, Fashion, Fabric and Films

This exhibit highlights the transition from summer to fall by celebrating iconic film stars of the mid-20th century and the looks we have come to associate with them.Read More ›

What's Your Costume? Halloween How-To

There are a few weeks left before Halloween festivities... maybe you'll find a costume idea at the library.Read More ›

Fashion, The High Life, and "The Duties of Married Females": 19th Century Fashion-Plate Magazines

The Art & Architecture Collection has a large collection of women’s (and some men’s) 19th century fashion-plate periodicals. While French fashion dominated the 19th century this post features a selection of magazines from England, America and Sweden. Read More ›

Back to School Fashion for 2014

The summer is almost over, time to head back school! With a new school year, comes a new look, a new style or a fashion trend to try.Read More ›

Fashion Advertising A Hundred Years Ago

1914 was a very eventful year in the world, and in magazine advertising.Read More ›

LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail

Learn about luxury retail; job placement assistance provided.Read More ›

Anti-Prom 2014: Punk Rock

Halfway through the event, students from the High School of Fashion Industries had a fashion show. They modeled their outfits by walking up and down the curved staircases in Astor Hall. Chic and funky punk rock outfits abounded. Read More ›

Bustles, Bear Grease, & Burnt Brandy: 19th Century Self-Improvement Manuals in the Art & Architecture Collection

Rapidly evolving developments in printing technology and paper manufacture during the 19th century were a democratizing process which lowered costs and made books of all kinds accessible to a wider audience. In that context it is interesting that, even early on, one of the most popular genres of these inexpensive books was self-improvement. The selection that follows is the barest tip of the iceberg of what is available in the Art & Architecture 

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Punk and the [Anti-]Prom

Every year, my interns and I have the pleasure of working with the students at the High School for Fashion Industries in conjunction with the Library’s wonderful Anti-Prom projects, managed by our colleagues in Teen services. Past themes have included Goth, Monsters, Super Heroes, and Glam. This year was Punk.Read More ›

The Beatles as Fashion Gurus

Last week, LPA hosted a public program on The Beatles and their circle as an influence on fashion in England and here. Phyllis Magidson, Curator of Costume and Textiles for the Museum of the City of New York, and I developed an illustrated conversation on their transitions from Rockers to Mods to Hippies with an occasional visit to Teddy Boys. The black, needle-nose ankle boots stuck around until the trips to India.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger

Miranda Priestly is the harbinger of fashion excellence, at least according to her. Factor in a woman who throws temper tantrums about having to wait two and a half minutes for anything, and you have got a boss from hell. Fourteen-hour days for assistant Andrea so that she and her colleague Emily can be at Miranda's beck-and-call every minute of the day. Read More ›
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