About the Conference - 2011

2011 Symposium
Registration is open for the symposium: Fashion: Now & Then at LIM College.

Fashion: Now & Then is a one day symposium at LIM College on April 9, 2011 in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information. Since fashion research draws upon many sources, we want to focus on the challenges regarding the collection and preservation of fashion and related contextual information and explore current information preservation models.

The symposium will consist of a keynote lecture presented by Ron Knoth on Lester Gaba and two panel discussions. The panel discussions will focus on fashion information and the challenges and opportunities for its use and preservation. The detailed schedule is available here. The panels are:

Bios for the panelists and moderators are available here.  They include: 

Andrew Beccone, Founder & Director of Reanimation Library

Carrie Bickner, Principal of the Bickner Group

Ari Seth Cohen, Creator of Advanced Style

Deirdre Donohue, Librarian at the International Center of Photography

Amanda Hallay, Clinical Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising at LIM College

Rachel King, Librarian at LIM College

Molly Monosky, Archivist at the Fairchild Archive

Virginia Millington, Manager, Recording & Archive at StoryCorps
Keynote speaker Ron Knoth is the creator of the fashion website www.thebespokenfor.net, a blog that, in his words, "focuses on the affirmative, the positive," and celebrates "fashion and what it means to be a gentleman." He has extensively researched the life of 1940s celebrity Lester Gaba.

He became fascinated by Gaba years ago while working in the retail, merchandising, and mannequin industries. "Gaba always had a strange reputation, insomuch as he supposedly fell in love with his ultimate creation, a mannequin named Cynthia, but there never was a central source for information¬-no biography or autobiography." Although little-known now, Gaba was an important figure in the New York fashion world; Ron will illuminate his life (and rescue him from decades of neglect) in his keynote speech.

Ron, a former actor, poet, arts administrator, designer, creative director, and advocate for people with AIDS, is currently a professor of Visual Merchandising at LIM College.
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Detailed schedule is available here
Place: LIM College Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Cost: $35 (includes lunch, keynote presentation, and two panel presentations.) Net proceeds will benefit the LIM Fashion Education Foundation.
Registration: www.eventville.com/limlibrary

Please contact Lisa Ryan, Archivist at LIM College with additional questions.

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