Friday, October 12, 2012

Zoë Ivory to Present "Nina Footwear Archive: Design Resource of the Past that Informs the Future"

Zoë Ivory has been an Archivist in the Fashion Industry for 10 years, curating the corporate records and historic artifact collections of Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Delman and Nina Footwear. At Donna Karan she oversaw the Antique Library, a 10,000 piece collection of vintage clothing and accessories, spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, a resource of creative inspiration for DKNY and Donna Karan Collection designers.

At Calvin Klein Ms. Ivory managed the collection of Calvin Klein, including runway collections from 1969 to present.  For the Delman Archive she researched and acquired vintage Delman shoes and organized the paper records of the 93-year-old brand.  She created the Nina Archive, organizing 55 years of shoes, patterns, lasts, advertising materials, drawings and related ephemera.  She taught a course on the history of accessories, focusing on footwear at the Istituto di Design in Barcelona.

Ms. Ivory has completed all course work at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Graduate Program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, with a minor in Museum Studies from Beloit College and is currently enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Certificate Program for Production Management.  Two special interests, fair trade and sustainable production practices, are fundamental to her business plan for Bon Éléphant, a company she is forming to design and import fair trade produced scarves from India.

On Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th professionals from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, and museums will gather at LIM College for Fashion: Now & Then, a conference on the past, present, and future uses of fashion information that will consist of lectures and panel discussions.

Read more about the Fashion: Now & Then conference.

Registration is closed at this time. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please contact Lisa Ryan at

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