About the Presenters (2014)

Keynote Speaker
Zach Davis

Zach Davis is a passionate entrepreneur, who for the last 15 years has been dedicated to
building and working on businesses that leverage new technology to better connect
consumers with brands and products.

Davis is the co-founder of Stylitics, where he sits on the Board of Directors, and oversees the company’s strategic growth. Stylitics was founded in fall of 2010 by Davis and Rohan
Deuskar, and is a digital closet platform that gives consumers a variety of tools and
capabilities to better organize the clothes they own, plan and share outfit ideas, and shop more efficiently. In turn, Stylitics helps brands and retailers to better understand shopping traits and behaviors, ultimately resulting in an improved consumer experience.

Davis currently serves as a Vice President at Authentic Brands Group, overseeing the
Estate of Elvis Presley and also helping ABG to grow its digital presence. Prior to co-founding Stylitics, Davis was an early stage employee at mobile marketing pioneer Vibes Media, helping the business grow from a dozen to over 100 people. Before that, Zach created and ran his own artist management company, signing several acts to distribution and licensing deals. During this time he also helped build the largest digital download platform for independent musicians in North America.

Davis proudly serves on the Advisory Board at LIM, and in his personal time enjoys
listening and playing music, watching sports, playing golf, and going out in NYC with his
wife Katie and their baby girl, Audrey. Zach holds a BBA from University of Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn and originally hails from Chicago.

Ron Knoth Lecturer
Steve Shapiro

Steve Shapiro, President of Schwartz & Benjamin Footwear is a longstanding footwear
industry executive. Schwartz and Benjamin is an 89 year old company that designs,
manufacturers, and distributes designer level women’s footwear for such brands as Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Diane von Furstenberg, Seven for All Mankind, and Dani Black. All the division heads and sourcing report to Steve, and he has increased the company’s
volume threefold under his twelve year tenure.

Previously, he was the President of Evan Picone division of 9 West Footwear, where he was charged with running all the brands in its better footwear portfolio. He started his career with Jerry Miller’s Super Shoe Biz division that ran the shoe concession at Henri Bendel and Giorgio of Beverly Hills and then moved to Marx & Newman, a division of US Shoe, where he was an account executive.

Book Signing, Who’s Who in Fashion, 6th edition
 Holly Price Alford

Holly Price Alford is a professor in the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds degrees in Fashion Design and in Costume Design, and teaches history and design at VCU. While at VCU, her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century fashion history, and in African American clothing and designers.  This has led her to become a well-known facilitator of knowledge in African American styles, designers, and clothing. She is a board member of the Southeastern region of the Costume Society of America and has presented and exhibited her knowledge of twentieth century fashion and African American fashion nationally and internationally, as far away as Denmark, Australia, Hong Kong, and Qatar. She serves as a consultant for local-area newspapers, on fashion-related articles requiring historical and factual verification, and she has been interviewed by national publications as well as international publications in countries such as China, Poland, and Britain. She has been interviewed by the British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) for its news series on how hip-hop has influenced American youth to expose their underwear, as well as several times by the Associated Press on historical fashion issues.  

In 2010, she authored the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Fashion for Fairchild Books and in 2014, she authored the sixth edition of the book for Bloomsbury. Her article entitled “The Zoot Suit: Its History and Influence” was published in the prestigious journal Fashion
Theory by Berg Publishers in London, and in 2009, that same article was published in the book entitled The Men’s Fashion Reader by Peter McNeil and Vicki Karaminas.

Conference Presenters

Kristof Avramsson  
Kristof Avramsson is a Ph.D. candidate in Society, Culture, and Literacies at the University of Ottawa, Canada’s oldest and the world’s largest bilingual French-English university. He holds graduate degrees in Education from the University of Ottawa, and Library & Information Science from Western University in London, Canada.

Kristof began his career at the British Columbia Ministry of Environment in Victoria, working with researchers in environmental assessment, resource management, wildlife stewardship, and administration of the Provincial Park system. Later moving to the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control in Ottawa (Canada’s equivalent to the Centers for Disease Control), he worked as a Medical Librarian in Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. Since 2000 he’s been a Science and Engineering Librarian at Carleton University in Ottawa, working in varied areas of science and engineering, and is currently Subject Specialist for General Science, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Design, and Architecture.

His research interests include cultural theory, narrative voice, and emerging literacies. Although too much of a geek to pass as ‘fashionable’, he has a soft-spot for fashion’s performances, presenting at several conferences on the semiotics of dress. 
Kristof is spending his upcoming sabbatical at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax.

Gayathri Banavara
Gayathri Banavara joined LIM College as an adjunct faculty member in 2012 and now teaches full-time in the Marketing, Management & Finance Department. Among the undergraduate courses she teaches are: Buying, Leadership & Negotiation, Introduction to Management, Entrepreneurship, E-Commerce, and Global Retailing. She has also taught Retail Merchandising, Planning, and Control in LIM College's MBA program. Her current research interests are in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices and ethics.

Professor Banavara worked in a buying office in India for more than 7 years before moving to Canada. There she worked at Roots Canada, where she was involved in the development of official attire for the 2002 and 2004 U.S. and Canada Olympic teams. She later worked with Kahn Lucas Lancaster Inc., an importer of girls dresses in New York.
Professor Banavara holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delhi (India). Currently she is pursuing her doctorate in Organizational Leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and two children.

Ben Barry 
Ben Barry is an Assistant Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. His research explores men's fashion consumption, diversity in men's fashion images and the use of fashion shows and editorials to celebrate men's body confidence and gendered identities. His most recent publication is "Expanding the Male Ideal: The Need for Diversity in Men's Fashion Advertisements" in the September 2014 issue of Critical Studies in Men's Fashion. He holds a Master's in Innovation, Strategy and Organization and a Ph.D. in Management from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Follow Ben on Twitter at @DrBenBarry.

Alexandra Bernet
Alexandra Bernet is the Archives Product Manager at Condé Nast, Editorial Assets and Rights division, responsible for the digital conversion of an array of Condé Nast publications. She's been involved in every aspect of the Women's Wear Dailyarchive digitization project, from initial inventory, physical material assessment, customized metadata schema, quality assurance checks, as well as training editorial staff on its use.

Graduating from Rutgers University with a Master's in Library Science, she's worked as an archivist at several academic institutions, including the Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center (a consortium library for several HBCU colleges in Atlanta), and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, where she worked on the Fred Friendly, and Herman Wouk papers. Moving on to Condé Nast, Alex has worked as a digital archivist, becoming involved with the many facets of the digitization process. She also works on the Vogue Archive project, creating metadata and taxonomy schemas, researching photographs from the collection, and is involved in utilizing archival material for more dynamic and contemporary uses throughout the company.

Ansgar Buschmann
Dr. Ansgar Buschmann is currently employed as Post-Doc at the chair for organization, HR and innovation at the University of Muenster, Germany. There he is associated to the General and Textile Industry Research Institute called FATM, the oldest research unit for the business, textile and fashion in Germany. In general he divides his time between, research, consulting and teaching. His main focus thereby is the evolution of upcoming business models and their change over time. Both academia and management publications have published and quoted his work, which he also applies to various consulting mandates and own entrepreneurial ventures. 

Diana Carey
Diana Carey is the Reference Librarian for Visual Resources at the Schlesinger Library. She received her MSLIS from Pratt Institute. 

Chloe Chapin

Chloe Chapin is a costume designer, fashion historian, and assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has an MFA in Design from the Yale Drama School, and is currently an MA candidate in Fashion & Textile Studies at FIT. She was a 2014 Fulbright scholar in Stockholm, Sweden, where she produced a project about the history of men’s suits, and is the creator of www.fashionandtextilemuseums.com.

Jessica Cline
Jessica Cline is a senior librarian with the Art and Picture Collections of the New York Public Library. She promotes creative opportunities for library users through programming and social media, and enjoys introducing users to great resources such as the Andre Studios Digital Collection. She received her MILS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Charles Colman 
Charles Colman is an Acting Assistant Professor at NYU School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at NYU Steinhardt’s M.A. Program in Visual Culture: Costume Studies. Charles’ scholarship, like the piece presented at this conference, tends to examine and comment on intellectual-property law’s interaction with visual culture. His articles have been published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology Digest, and Vestoj: The Journal of Sartorial Matters, among other periodicals. Charles recently finished a comprehensive treatise, Fashion and Copyright, to be published by Lexis-Nexis/Matthew Bender in early 2015.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Charles handles legal matters for high-profile art, media, and fashion clients through his firm, Charles Colman Law, PLLC. From 2010 to 2013, Charles was the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Fashion Design Legislation Subcommittee; in 2011, he sponsored the creation of a new Fashion Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association. Charles earned his B.A. in linguistics (cum laude, distinction in major) from Yale College and his J.D. from Columbia Law School (James Kent Scholar; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), where he served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts.

Arielle Dorlester
Arielle Dorlester is the Assistant for Archival Processing in the Archives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  She is part of a 27 month project, set to be completed in May 2015, funded by the Leon Levy Foundation to process 14 collections of institutional records of directors, curators, and programs as well as the complete records of the Costume Institute.  Arielle received her MLIS with certificates in Archives and Museum Librarianship from Pratt Institute in 2010 and has previously worked at the Frick Art Reference Library.

Susan Earle
Susan Earle is an archivist at the Schlesinger Library and received her MS in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College.  When not at work, she is on an unending quest for the perfect outfit.

Janice Everett
Trained in art, fashion and textiles at British Colleges in Brighton and London.   Janice has a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art and has worked extensively in the New York fashion industry as a textile designer and stylist, studio art director, and trend forecaster for apparel, home products and cosmetics for over 30 years. Since the 1990s she has been involved in the vintage business selling swatches and clothing to the fashion markets in NYC, London, Japan and Australia and renting textile pieces for set designs.

As an educator she has developed and taught courses on design, product development and fashion history at the National Institute for Fashion & Technology in New Delhi, India, lectured on the college circuit in the United Kingdom, worked as an adjunct professor at FIT, and, since 2008, at LIM College in the Merchandizing department. 

In spring 2014 she gave an illustrated talk on Water & Textiles at the Proteus Gowanus Gallery in Brooklyn and a presentation “From the Battlefield to the Runway” at the PCA/ACA Conference in Chicago on behalf of LIM.As an artist she regularly exhibits her work at various Brooklyn galleries and the annual Gowanus Open Studio event.

Margaret Fain
Margaret Fain is a reference and instruction librarian at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. She is the subject liaison for the History, Art, Theatre, and Music departments where her interests in dress history are utilized by faculty. Her most recent accomplishment was a second Masters degree, a Masters of Arts in Writing. Her thesis was on the sociolinguistic origins and subsequent use of the word "smocking" in 1880's England. She also serves as Director of Core Curriculum for the University, focusing on assessment of the university's core.

Deirdre Farabaugh 

Deirdre Farabaugh is a recent graduate of the dual-degree master’s program between NYU and LIU, receiving both an M.L.I.S. and an MA in Costume Studies this summer. A former advertising copywriter, Deirdre enjoys examining the times in which we live, the traditions we uphold, and the personas we project — all of which can be examined through the clothes we put on our bodies every single day. Currently Deirdre is an adjunct reference librarian at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.

Merrill Greene
Merrill Greene’s proven talent in Color and Trend Forecasting, and especially her insight and accuracy in identifying the key messages, looks, colors, items, materials and prints that will drive the future successes for retailers and brands, has gained her work an international following and reputation. She is a master connector and decodes the runway, street, retail, influencers, and vintage in order to analyze and synthesize a clear communication for creative direction. With her extensive knowledge in design, art and fashion history, she spins the seasonal story with rich cultural content and context, in order to inspire design innovation and drive compelling communication.

She has had a rich and diverse career, always on the cutting edge of change whether making content or making product. She has initiated the innovative infrastructure for new presentations and products while Creative Director for global trend agencies such as ESP and web based Stylesight.

Her early experiences as a fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar, and as a designer for Halston where she learned from the masters, enriched her taste and elevated her vision. She has led in creative/strategic roles as Fashion Director/Brand Director at global fashion brands Eileen Fisher, Liz Claiborne and J Crew. 
Most recently at Nordstrom, Merrill served as Creative Director for NPG where she trailblazed new private label launches for women’s apparel, accessories, footwear and home. She rose to become Corporate Color and Trend Director for Nordstrom Women’s divisions, where she established the Fashion Office methodology, and led in the creation of all seasonal forecasting and reporting tools to Design, Merchandising and Marketing. Her expansive influence helped to support the delivery of a consistent fashion story executed across all customer channels, and to align a fashion point of view against strategic initiatives.

Gretchen Harnnick
Gretchen Harnick is a multidisciplinary expert in digital marketing and social media. In her work with clients, Gretchen develops digital marketing and brand communication strategy. This includes articulation of brand voice, community connection strategies, social media platform development, and engaging image and brand culture communications. She uses storytelling to develop ongoing brand narratives across all digital platforms. 

She works with clients in the fashion, retail, film, media and service sectors. Gretchen holds an assistant professorship and researcher position in Fashion Marketing at Parsons, The School for Design in New York City. Gretchen holds an MBA in Marketing, and a BA in Psychology.

Celia Hartmann
Celia Hartmann is Senior Associate for Archival Processing in the Museum Archives at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In that role she is lead archivist for the processing of 14 collections of institutional records of directors, curators, and programs, as well as the complete records of the Costume Institute. Funded by the Leon Levy Foundation, the 27 month project is set for completion in May 2015. 

After a previous editorial career, Celia received her MLS and certificate in archives and records management from the Palmer School of Long Island University in 2007, with a specialization in rare books and special collections. Before undertaking her current project in January 2013, she completed the grant-funded processing of archival collections at New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York, and Museum of Modern Art that included the records of businesses, collecting and publishing organizations, as well as museum curators and programs.

Kenneth Kambara
Kenneth M. Kambara, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Marketing, Management, & Finance at LIM College. He uses his multidisciplinary skills in a variety of endeavors, including analysis and consultation in social media, independent film production, screenwriting, and teaching marketing at LIM College. Kenneth received his doctorate from the Merage School at the University of California at Irvine and has published in the areas of marketing and brand management, as well as consulting in the area of social media. He has ongoing research on the use of visualization in marketing research and the phenomenon of brand backlash in the era of social media. Another stream of research he is working on is in the area of economic sociology, specifically how technology and social dynamics are affecting and reconfiguring everyday life. Kenneth recently presented at the American Sociology Association (ASA) annual meetings in San Francisco his work on crowdfunding and the social dynamics of community on the web and mobile web. He is currently working on several entrepreneurial projects in California, Arizona, and New York and writes screenplays, one of which was a semifinalist in the Nicholls Fellowship of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2012.

Jai Khalsa

Jai Khalsa has an MLIS with a specialization in archives from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a background in public and academic libraries. She has worked at Cornell University Rare and Manuscript Collections and interned at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives, which holds records for the garment and clothing industry unions. Her personal areas of interest are collecting, restoring, and researching antique and vintage sewing machines and researching historical and ethnic clothing and jewelry.

Lindsay  King
Lindsay M. King is the Public Services Librarian in the Haas Arts Library at Yale University, where she also serves as liaison to the Yale School of Drama and the program in Theater Studies and Dance. Before coming to Yale, she worked in the Art Collection at Northwestern University Library and in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago. Lindsay holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and an MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the co-author of the article “Style and Substance: Fashion in Twenty-First-Century Research Libraries,” published in Art Documentation in 2012, which won the 2013 Worldwide Books Research Award for Publications from the Art Libraries Society of North America. Lindsay reviews books on fashion, art history, and museum studies for Library Journal and ARLIS/NA Reviews. Her current research interests include art collecting and patronage, fashion history, and applications of digital humanities methods in the fine and performing arts.

Rachel King
Rachel King is the Media Librarian at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. She previously worked at LIM College and Manhattan College. She has degrees from Wellesley College, Columbia University, and the State University of New York at Albany. Her article “House of Cards: The Academic Library Media Center in the Era of Streaming Video” will be published in The Serials Librarian. She presented her research on access to pre-Code Hollywood movies in academic libraries at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France this past summer.

Nicole Kirpalani
Nicole Kirpalani, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Marketing, Management, and Finance Department at LIM College, New York, NY. Her research interests focus on consumer relationships with fashion brands and sustainable consumption in the context of luxury brands. In addition, she is engaged in research related to marketing pedagogy. Dr. Kirpalani teaches both undergraduate and graduate marketing courses at LIM College. She is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award at LIM College. She holds a Ph.D. in Business (Marketing) from the City University of New York.

Peg Bessette Knight
Peg Bessette Knight is Senior Product Manager for The Arts at ProQuest. Throughout her career in publishing, educational technology, and the information industry, she has conceptualized and published award-winning reference sources in both print and digital formats on topics as wide-ranging as Native American tribes, modern dance, Shakespeare, and marketing. Behind each project has been a passion for helping the intellectually curious find and use information. With an M.A. in English, at ProQuest she has the pleasure of supporting academic researchers by managing a suite of digital resources on art, music, design, architecture, and fashion which includes TheVogue Archive and the Women’s Wear DailyArchive from Condé Nast. Ms. Knight is particularly interested in innovation and creativity, and understanding how and why people seek information.

Mireille Lee
Mireille M. Lee is an Assistant Professor of History of Art and Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her first book, Body, Dress, and Identity in Ancient Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2015), employs contemporary dress theory to recover the social meanings of ancient Greek dress. Her current research explores the social and ideological functions of mirrors in ancient Greek society.

Lisa Lenoir
Lisa D. Lenoir, who has covered the international fashion industry as a writer and editor for numerous U.S. publications, is Assistant Professor of Fashion Communication in the School of Fashion and Design at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. She received her B.A. in Journalism, with a minor in Graphic Design from Indiana University and her M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University. Her research interests include the following: Communication and Media; Fashion Business, History and Current Issues; Gender Equity and Inclusion; Multilingual Education and Language Policy; Tourism Policy and Sustainable Development.

Diane Maglio
Diane Maglio is a professor in the Fashion Department at the Larry L. Luing School of Business, Berkley College, NYC. She has contributed to Dress, the journal of the Costume Society of America; Critical Studies in Men’s Fashion and Proceedings: the journal of the Textile Society of America. Her most recent publication is “From Royalty to Runway: 100+years of evolving men’s style for Jack Victor Centennial Publication, Canada. For “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary” exhibition at MOMA, 2013-4, she consulted on menswear. She has presented her research at international conferences. Professor Maglio was honored as Faculty of the Year for the Berkeley School of Business 2010. She is a member of The Costume Society of America and Costume Society, UK. Prior to her academic career, she was sales and product development executive in the better men’s wholesale business. She received an MA and AAS from Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, and a BA from Rutgers, NJ.

Dylan Martin
Dylan has completed a BA (Hons.) in Communication at Simon Fraser University and a MA in Fashion at Ryerson University. He continues to academically explore how conceptions of gender, sexuality and masculinity influence the dress sensibilities and shopping habits of young men. His current research examines the rise of body image insecurities in male fashion consumers. Interested in fashion both in theory and practice, Dylan has also written extensively for Flare.com and other Canadian style publications.

Suz Massen
Suz Massen has advanced degrees in information and library science from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and in art history from Hunter College, City University of New York. She also holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Binghamton University, State University of New York. An information generalist, Suz prefers to know a moderate amount about many things instead of knowing much about a specific thing. She feels that knowing how to find information is more important than knowing it by heart. Suz enjoys visual dictionaries, young adult novels, and vintage etiquette books. She focuses on pursuits that will aid her in not just being a librarian (as she already is), but in being a super librarian (what she aspires to be).

Jill Morena
Jill Morena is the Assistant Curator of Costumes and Personal Effects at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds an MA in Art History and an MSIS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her main research interests are the preservation, documentation, and representation of costume in museums and archives.

Bernie Murray
Bernie Murray [b2murray@ryerson.ca] is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Currently, she is working on her doctoral degree in curriculum studies and teacher development (CSTD) from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She has a Master of Education and Bachelor of Education from Brock University. Bernie worked in the Canadian apparel industry for over 22 years in design, manufacturing, and consulting. Her research focuses on creative thinking in the arts.

Dan Nishimoto
Dan is a Project Analyst in the Editorial Assets and Rights Department of Condé Nast. He works on digital archive projects, such as the WWD Archive, as well as the company DAM and contracts database. He is also a music journalist and DJ. Previously, he worked in arts education at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Brooklyn Museum. He received his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. His interests include the three M’s: music, media archives and preservation, and metadata.

Nancy Ostroff 
Professor Nancy Ostroff, is full time faculty, Associate Professor and Assistant Chairperson of FIT’s Fashion Merchandising Management Department. She is a recipient of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching. She serves on and chairs various committees at the college. She is author and instructor of FIT’s new courses: Fashion Forecasting for Merchandisers, and the pre-college version Fashion Forecasting: Seeing Into The Future. She also teaches various other courses including The Business of Licensing, Fashion Merchandising, and Workshop in Apparel Merchandising, Professor Ostroff holds A.A.S. and B.S. degrees in Fashion Marketing from Fashion Institute of Technology, and a M.A. Degree in Business Education from New York University.

Amber Paranick

Amber R. Paranick holds a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a post-master’s certificate in Archival Studies from Drexel University. She is a reference specialist at the Library of Congress. She has loved clothing and fashion for as long as she can remember. Even at a very young age, she would spend hours poring over fashion magazines. She received the best compliment of her life when a woman on the street approached her and asked her if she was a personal stylist. Her favorite gift is a sewing machine (which she’s put to good use, she’s told). Her musings on fashion and its history have appeared in both print and on the web at Luri & Wilma.com. She resides in Washington, DC.

Maria Rothenberg 
Maria Rothenberg is an Adjunct Assistant Professor/Research & Instructional Services Librarian at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She loves working with students and faculty to help them become excellent researchers and discover all the amazing resources the FIT Library has to offer. Maria has worked as a librarian at FIT since 2011 and before that at LIM College. Maria holds a B.F.A from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA and MLS from Queens College. A fun fact about Maria is that she discovered librarianship while pursuing a career in the visual and performing arts and is happily surprised she became a librarian.

Stacy J. Schiff
Stacy J. Schiff is the Visual Resources Librarian in Special Collections at the American Museum of Natural History Research Library and is responsible for the curation and management of metadata for the Museum Library’s Digital Special Collections, describing thousands of images on a wide variety of topics in the natural sciences and cultural anthropology. She supervises graduate level interns for image cataloging and produces data normalization, crosswalks, and curation across multiple collections. Ms. Schiff created a manual for working with descriptive metadata, adapting it to meet the needs of the Museum’s unique image collections. She contributes to grant writing and review and has authored articles and essays on library topics; with an article on primary source use listed on the resource pages of the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Society of American Archivists. In addition to speaking on topics of digital cultural heritage, Ms. Schiff contributed an essay, Fashion in the Natural World, to Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library ( Sterling) and was a contributing author to a chapter in Digitization in the Real World (METRO). Prior to working at the Museum, Stacy was on staff at the Mercantile Library’s Center for Fiction. Ms. Schiff holds an MLS and Certificate in Archives, Records Management, and Preservation from Queens College, City University of New York, and an M.A. in psychology from Seton Hall University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, audiobook narrator and voice actor Jonathan Davis, and their two children.

Thomaï Serdari
Thomaï Serdari, Ph.D. is a strategist in luxury marketing and branding. She helps clients launch, grow, and successfully manage luxury brands. Thomaï has been teaching at New York University since 2004. In addition to: “Cultures of Excess: Product and Fashion Design through Modernity” and “Entrepreneurship in the Business of Art,” she teaches at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, MBA level: “The Core of Luxury: Processes, Products, and Strategies through History,” “Luxury Branding: Brand Thinking and Experience,” and “ Luxury Launch.” Originally trained as an architect at the National Technical University of Athens, Thomaï received her doctorate in Art History & Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU in 2005. She also holds an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, NYU, with a specialization in corporate and quantitative finance (2009). Thomaï writes a column on luxury at http://artsandluxury.com and contributes opinion pieces to Luxury Daily. She is the co-editor of the first academic interdisciplinary journal on Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption published by Bloomsbury Press. 

Thomaï is one of the main contributors to the LVMH Fundamentals in Luxury Retail: A CPC/Parsons Collaboration, an education program designed to train and provide a wide range of retail skills to Chinese-Americans to help them gain employment in luxury retail.

LeeAnn Turgeon-Rutkovsky
Dr. LeeAnn Turegon-Rutkovsky’s research and expertise is the global business culture of fashion. She has presented at many international conferences on sustainable practices in the global apparel supply chains with respect to labor and environment.  She is on the Board of Directors for the National Ecology and Environment Foundation Trust (NEEF), a non-profit making non-government organisation registered as a public trust, in Mumbai, India.  The NEEF is committed to Resource Conservation and Environmental Protection.  Dr. Rutkovsky is also an editor for Savitarka, a magazine to report research and action on international development issues. Issues covered are technological, socio-economic and policy aspects of various development sectors including energy, environment, infrastructure, human development, agriculture, rural development, urbanisation, water resources, and irrigation, sectors.  She has a DBA International Business(specialization in global sustainable apparel supply chains) from Argosy University. In addition to an MS in Management/Marketing Concentration from Rensselaer, Polytechnic Institute and a BS in Education from Central Connecticut State University.  She is currently an adjunct professor at LIM College in the Fashion Merchandising department and a sustainable designer.  

Monique Vandresen 
Monique has taught Fashion Communications at Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina in Brazil since 1998. In addition to working as a journalist  at Revista Nova Cosmopolitan, Jornal O Estado, Revista Veja, and Jornal AN Capital, Monique has also worked in public relations at Compania de Notícias, CDN.  Her research interests are fashion, consumerism, magazines, and new technologies.  Monique holds a BA in Communications from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, a MA in Developmental Studies from Institute of Social Studies (den Haag, Netherlands), and a PhD in Communications from Universidade do Estado de São Paulo.

Yuwa Vosper-Woghiren

Yuwa Vosper-Woghiren is a Ph.D. candidate at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising with a minor in Communications Studies. In December 2013, she completed her master’s degree in the same department but with a different minor in Linguistics. While at LSU, she has been a guest speaker at the inaugural LSU Libraries Film Series featuring The September Issue: Anna Wintour & The Making of Vogue and during a Fashion Group International New Orleans screen viewing of the same documentary film. For two consecutive years, Yuwa has styled and choreographed a fashion show for the students in the LSU Women Impacting Style in Engineering organization focused on teaching students how to dress appropriately yet fashionable in the workplace. In her undergraduate career, she received her cum laude bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Yuwa graduated with a B.A. in Communications concentrating in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in English Literature. After graduation, she worked as a broadcast and print journalist receiving awards for her investigative journalism in crime and education reporting. While working as a print journalist, she gained recognition for her Sunday fashion column titled “What to Wear.” Yuwa is also a member of the International Textiles and Apparel Association and Costume Society of America.

Catherine Weiss 
Catherine Weiss has been teaching marketing, management and fashion merchandising and communications for more than 12+ years. Prior she worked in industry managing sales and marketing divisions for companies such as Liz Claiborne, Priscilla of Boston and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She currently teaches at Lasell College, Boston in Fashion Merchandising and Communications. Additionally she is chair of Lasell's Graduate Committee, Lead Coordinator of a new core Ethics initiative, and adviser to the student organization affiliated with the NRF, the NRFSA. She is pursuing her PhD from Salve Regina University in the Ethics of Consumer Neuroscience. She has published on the Branding of Sustainable Fashion and has presented at The University of Minnesota's conference on Fashion and Communications. She continues to research various applications on the use of Consumer Neuroscience in Apparel Development and Fashion Marketing.

Marian Weston 

Marian Weston is an Adjunct Assistant Professor / Reference Librarian in the Fashion Institute of Technology Library’s Research & Instructional Services Department. She teaches research skills, information literacy, and critical thinking in library sessions for courses across the curriculum, including many featuring forecast services, in classroom, workshop, and one-on-one settings. In August 2014, Marian ran a Forecast Workshop for FIT instruction librarians. Among other responsibilities, she is a Library liaison to the Fashion Design, Production Management, Technical Design and Fine Arts departments. Professor Weston still considers forecast service library sessions to be among her favorites to teach. Professor Weston has a B.A. degree in art history from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to her position at FIT, she has happily worked for a number of years as an adjunct librarian at NYU's Bobst Library Reference Desk and AAL service.

Elizabeth Wissinger
Elizabeth Wissinger is an Associate Professor of Sociology at BMCC/City University of New York, and teaches Fashion Studies at the Graduate School of CUNY. She studies fashion, technology, and embodiment, and her work has earned several grants and awards, including two Mellon Fellowships, in the Center for the Humanities, and in the Center for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, at the Graduate School of CUNY. Her discussion of fashion and imaging regimes appears in Fashion Media: Past and Present; fashion and branding are treated in “Modeling Consumption: Fashion Modeling Work in Contemporary Society,” in the Journal of Consumer Culture; and she co-edited an anthology, with Joanne Entwistle, entitledFashioning Models: Image, Text, and Industry (Berg: 2012). More recent projects include WSQ’s issue on Fashion, co-edited with Eugenia Paulicelli, and her book on the glamour labor of fashion models, forthcoming at NYU press. Wissinger is now focusing on wearable technology and the issues it raises about bodily optimization and enhancement.

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