About the Presenters - 2013

Lou Acierno
Lou Acierno
Lou Acierno is the Director of Library Services a LIM College (Adrian G. Marcuse Library). From 2006-2011 he was the Library Director of Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). From 2003-2006 he was Director of Information Literacy at ASA Institute. Before becoming a librarian, he was a artist (video and performance), gallery director and the Director of Artist services for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


Alessandra Arezzi Boza
Alessandra Arezzi Boza
After Master in History of Contemporary Art at the University of Florence, she has been working since 1998 as a freelance fashion historian and curator in Fashion museums and  both in  important brand’s and private archives (Galleria del Costume, Florence, Fondazione Gianfranco Ferrè, Giorgio Armani among others), curating exhibitions and specializing in projects related to conservation, valorization and digital management of fashion collections.
She has collaborated to exhibitions and catalogues of several museums and fashion institutions : Les Journées Particulieres LVMH, Villa di Granaiolo, Firenze 2011 and 2013; Emilio Pucci: 1957 The Palio Collection, Siena 2007;  Superhuman Performance, Museo del Tessuto di Prato (2008); Giorgio Armani, a retrospective  Palazzo della Triennale Milano 2006.
She has carried out publishing, lecturing and teaching activities in institutions as Polimoda Florence, Milan Polytechnic, Milan Statale Univeristy , IUAV Venice, Richmond University.
Since 2001 she is the curator of  the Emilio Pucci Archive Foundation  coordinating the project of digital documentation, storage and care of the collections, while curating the exhibitions: Emilio Pucci : drawings 1949 – 1959; Emilio Pucci: 1957 la Collezione Palio; Emilio Pucci for the 60th anniversary of the brand and its catalogues and publications (Pucci; Taschen, 2010)
She has collaborated to several research projects on fashion as Fashion Archives of the XX century for the Italian Ministry of Culture, Fashion in Florence between arts and crafts for Florence Municipality and is currently coordinator of the European Community founded project Europeana Fashion, for Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale.


Ben Barry
Dr. Ben Barry
Ben Barry is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Fashion Diversity Lab at the School of Fashion, Ryerson University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on fashion theory, entrepreneurship and research methods. His research explores gender, diversity and consumption in fashion. His forthcoming book—entitled Why Women Buy Fashion: Models, Advertising and Aspiration—will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2015. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto and a M.Phil. in Innovation, Strategy and Organization as well as a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Cambridge. Follow him on Twitter at @DrBenBarry.


Susan Baxter
Dr. Susan Baxter
Dr. Susan C. Baxter is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Marketing & Management Department at LIM College. Her research interests range from diversity in advertising, consumer relationships with brands, distance learning and student learning styles, to the impact of HIV on the global workforce.  Dr. Baxter teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at LIM College.  Dr. Baxter received her Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing from Argosy University; she received a Master of Science degree in Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict.


David S. Benjamin 
David Benjamin
David S. Benjamin graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in American Studies.  He has worked as an actor, a magician, unloading trucks, installing closets, selling cigars, pens, vintage clothing, as a clerk in a municipal records office, a reference librarian, an archivist, a rare books and documents specialist, an aesthetic consultant, and as a freelance writer.  He holds a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from Long Island University’s Palmer School as well as one in History from New York University.  He divides his time between consulting and teaching at LIM College. His research and writing interests include post-war and contemporary American popular culture, 19th century American literary and intellectual history, information and metadata-syndetic theory, as well as the critical and philosophical investigation of consumer behavior.  His writing has appeared in both print and on the web.  He lives in New York. 


Lilly Berelovich
Lilly Berelovich
Lilly Berelovich
Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer of Fashion Snoops
Lilly is the creative and innovative force behind Fashion Snoops. While her successful career as a NY fashion designer grew, so did her frustration with the limited access that designers had for timely, accurate, and usable fashion trend information. Applying her advanced degree in international marketing, she co-created (in 2000) Fashionsnoops.com, one of the first online trend services at the time. Today, with Lilly’s leadership, Fashion Snoops is a renowned global trend research and advisory company offering strategic consulting services and online forecasting information for fashion and style professionals around the globe.
Practicing what she preaches, Lilly leads internal consulting teams advising to international brands in the areas of branding, licensing, merchandising and design.
Lilly is a graduate of Fashion Design from LaSalle College and studied International Business at McGill University, both located in Montreal, Canada.


Sophie Brooks
Sophie Brooks
Sophie Brooks is a Senior Product Manager for ProQuest Information Solutions. Sophie manages ProQuest's art, design and fashion portfolio of research databases, developing digital tools to support the arts and humanities higher education market. ProQuest's fashion portfolio includes two iconic titles from Condé Nast: The Vogue Archive, featuring the complete backfile of US Vogue; and The Women's Wear Daily Archive which launched in September 2013. 


Claudia Bruce
Claudia Bruce
Presently a M. A. candidate at NYU Gallatin, Claudia Bruce returned to academia in 2007 to complete a degree in Art History after twenty-five years of working for European fashion houses and at the head of her own custom clothing business in New York City. Her current research into the complex relationship between the fashion industry and the female consumer was inspired by both her formal studies of the visual arts and practical experience of material culture. She makes her home in Traverse City, Michigan, when not in New York.


Ansgar Buschmann
Ansgar Buschmann
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
Diana Carey works at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America where she is the Reference Librarian for Visual Resources. She received her MSLIS from Pratt Institute. 

Rebecca Clark
Rebecca Clark
Rebecca Clark is the Senior Manager of Library Services at the Center for Jewish History by day, and an Evening Librarian at LIM by night. She previously worked as the Art Librarian at the Guggenheim Museum, and has a BA in English Literature from Rutgers University and an MLS from Simmons College.  Her interest in fashion is very librarian-ish, which means she has an impressive collection of cardigans, and strongly believes that one can’t do too much research into the details of period specific hosiery. 


Rebecca Collier
Rebecca Collier
Becky Collier (Adjunct Professor, Theatre Artist) MA, New York University, BA, Columbia College Chicago, has taught speech, theatre and writing courses at the college level for the past five years. She has worked with LIM College, Fashion Institute of Technology, City College New York, Manhattan College, and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has also worked as both a director and a performer with several Off-Off Broadway companies. Her play, “Lil’ Bud,” was produced as part of the Theatrix 24 Hour Play Festival at New York University, and she recently appeared in the independent film, “City Park Rangers.” Becky teaches a Research & Analysis class at LIM College, and loves working with students as they develop and execute their projects. 


Lucy Collins
Lucy Collins
Lucy Collins received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University where she specialized in existentialism, ethics, and fashion theory. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked for several fashion firms in New York as an editorial and PR assistant. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences on topics related to fashion theory. Dr. Collins teaches courses in ethics and fashion theory at both LIM College and Parsons the New School for Design. She has also delivered lectures at the School of Visual Arts program in Design Criticism.
She has been a blog contributor for Worn Through, Fashion Snoops, and a contributor to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of National Dress. Her writing has also appeared in Fashion Projects and Fashion Theory, as well as The Philosopher's Magazine. She is a member of The Costume Society of America, The American Philosophical Association, The American Society for Aesthetics, and The Popular Culture Association. 

Kiara Cooper
Kiara Cooper
Kiara Cooper is a Sophomore Fashion Merchandising major at LIM. She is a commuter student born and raised in New Jersey, but likes to think of herself as a  “Semi-New Yorker” because she spends the majority of her time here in the city. She is a lover of a good book, handbags, and great food. She would love to oversee handbag production or work in marketing after completion of LIM. Although she is not completely sure of what she wants to do, she is letting life take her there. 


Rachel Cosford
Rachel Cosford
Rachel Cosford: Lecturer in Fashion Buying, London College of Fashion. 


Christopher Cypers
Christopher Cypers
Dr. Christopher J. Cyphers joined LIM College as Executive Vice President in July 2012, bringing with him two decades of experience as an educator and administrator. In his current role, Dr. Cyphers has direct oversight and responsibility for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Admissions, and Institutional Research.
Prior to coming to LIM College, Dr. Cyphers was President of the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). While there he created six new degree programs; oversaw the design and construction of a graduate center; undertook a successful institutional rebranding; presided over the largest enrollment increase in the school’s history; greatly expanded NYSID’s fundraising activities, and elevated its reputation in the U.S. and abroad.
Before NYSID, Dr. Cyphers was Provost of the School of Visual Arts, where he taught cultural and intellectual history. He has also served as senior research associate and chief of staff in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor Emeritus for Urban Affairs at the City University of New York.
Dr. Cyphers has presented scores of refereed papers on American social and political history, as well as on the subject of art and education in the U.S. He is the author of The National Civic Federation and the Making of a New Liberalism, and has written several articles on issues facing higher education. 


Aynur de Rouen
Aynur de Rouen
Aynur de Rouen is the Curator of the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Collection; her work has involved processing the collection, setting up the exhibit, writing a finding aid for the collection, and creating an online exhibit/metadata.  She has had curatorial experience in a number of museums in Turkey and the United States. As a development of this collection, she is currently conducting an oral history project, which is an assemblage of narratives of Iraqi Kurdish refugees living in the Binghamton area.  She holds a B.S. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Istanbul and an M.A. in History from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History and the Theory of Art and Architecture at Binghamton University.  Below are her current projects:
To Know a People : The Preservation of the Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library & Museum Collection at Binghamton University at The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) in Cardiff, Wales, UK, on 28-30 August 2013.
“Do You Remember When?: The 1950s in Istanbul” at the VIIth Cultural Studies Symposium on Memory and Culture in Ankara, Turkey on 5-7 September 2013.
Deng? Kurda: The Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Oral History Project at Binghamton University at for 2013 Annual Meeting of Oral History Association in Oklahoma City, OK, USA, on 9-13 October 2013. 


Susan Earle
Susan Earle
Susan Earle is an archivist at the Schlesinger Library. She joined the library staff in 2005 and the first manuscript collection she worked on was the papers of Hazel Bishop, inventor of the first “kiss proof” lipstick. Her appreciation of the possibilities for fashion research at the Schlesinger Library began with that first collection and has continued ever since.  Susan received her MS in Library Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. 


Janice Everett
Janice Everett
Trained in fashion and textiles at British art schools and gaining a MA degree at RCA London, Janice has worked extensively in the New York fashion industry as a textile designer and art director, trend forecaster and vintage specialist. As an educator she has developed and taught courses on design, product development and fashion history at NIFT in India, lectured on the college circuit in the UK, worked as an adjunct professor at FIT and now in the Merchandising department at LIM. 

Jeanette Fabre
Jeanette Fabre is New Jersey native who is also currently a Junior at LIM College and pursuing a degree in Fashion Merchandising. In the past she has interned at Albright Fashion Library where she sharpened her “Fashion Knowledge” and assisted on shoots for Vogue.com. Currently she is a Styling Assistant Intern with the talented Marie Amelie Sauvé and helps with Vogue Italia photo shoots. Aside from Fashion, she enjoys attempting to play her ukulele, Antique Road Show marathons, and indulging in 99 cent pizza. 

Lauren Gavin
Lauren Gavin
Lauren Gavin is the Technical Services / Reference Librarian at LIM College - Adrian G. Marcuse Library.  She is also the designer and content editor of the Fashion: Now & Then website.  Lauren has a MLS from Queens College - City University of New York – Graduate School of Library and Information Studies.  She has a BBA from LIM College and worked in fashion merchandising and management before becoming a Librarian.  From her experience in the fashion industry and at LIM College, Lauren considers fashion resources her specialty. Other areas of interest include information seeking behavior on e-commerce sites, usability testing, user experience design, metadata and taxonomy.  She is involved with SLA and has presented at SLA-NY events.  Later this month, she will be presenting a case study on her work migrating the library’s separate catalog and web content to a single and redesigned OPAC CMS at the SirsiDynix New York City Users Group at Fordham University. 


Kayci Granigan
Kayci Granigan
Kayci Granigan is currently a Fashion Merchandising major at LIM College. Kayci has a deep passion for all things food, contemporary American pop culture, and of course fashion! Wanting to have an in depth look into the fashion industry, Kayci has interned for a few companies such as Urban Outfitters, Nonoo NY, and Yoka Showroom.  At LIM, Kayci has participated throughout the college; she has been a peer mentor, orientation leader, open house coordinator, and student worker at the Adrian G. Marcuse library. After college, Kayci would like to pursue a career in wholesale and sales. 


Sharon Graubard
Sharon Graubard
As Senior Vice President, Creative Services, Ms. Graubard’s mission is to expand, elevate and communicate Stylesight's fresh concept of trend analysis for every major market. Sharon works closely with the editorial, marketing and client services teams to ensure that Stylesight's informative and relevant trend content reaches Stylesight's vast and varied range of global users. 
Ms. Graubard’s prior experience includes serving as Vice President, Creative Director at ESP Trendlab, where she created The ESP Edit trend publications and provided seasonal consultations for color, lifestyle, beauty, fashion and interiors. Previous to that she was Creative Director at The Doneger Group and at The Tobé Report. Sharon is frequently quoted in major press outlets such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and she is regularly invited to present at international trend conferences. Her illustrations have appeared in Self, Mademoiselle, Seventeen and Vogue.
Sharon studied Fine Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, but fashion is her true calling. Her art background led to work as a textile colorist and magazine illustrator, and her knowledge of fashion history comes from a lifelong preference for old black-and-white movies and a penchant for 19th and early 20th century literature, where the characters’ clothes and accessories are described in exquisite detail. 


Jean L. Green
Jean L. Green
Jean Green is currently Head of Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives at Binghamton University – SUNY. She oversees collection development, preservation, on-site and digital access, information and research services for Special Collections, Preservation and University Archives. Previously, she was the Assistant Director and College Archivist at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and, before that, Archivist for the Albany Institute of History and Art. Jean holds an MA in History from SUNY Cortland and an MLS from SUNY Albany. She is a long-time member of and holds committee positions in a number of organizations including the Society of American Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.  In her spare time, she plays goal for the Southern Tier Storm Women's Recreational Hockey Team. 


Lore Guilmartin
Lore Guilmartin
Lore Guilmartin has studied historical archaeology, textile conservation, and costume history, finally combining her interests in work as a librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.  Dr. Guilmartin coordinates her library's reference and instruction services, and works as liaison to the university's fashion design program. 

Amanda Hallay
Amanda Hallay
Amanda Hallay, Assistant Clinical Professor at LIM College, is an author and cultural historian specializing in various aspects of 20th century popular culture and how each acts as a catalyst to another (as explored in her courses Cultural Connections to Fashion, Pop Century and Who Wore What When, created and taught exclusively at LIM College). The author of several books exploring 20th century pop culture, Professor Hallay’s book, The Popular History of Voodoo will be released by The History Press in 2013. She presented her research (and the challenges she met due to the lack of archiving of what many in the 20th century perceived as ‘lowbrow’) in her talk, DO DO THAT VOODO! Sex, Sin, Snakes and ‘The Dusky Other’ in 20th Century Popular Culture at last years Fashion: Now and Then.
Amanda is the former International Fashion Editor of Couture and Men Mode magazines, and was at one time European Trend Analyst for the Doneger Group, a fashion forecasting service.  She is a graduate of the American University of Paris and England’s Bath Spa University. 

Kristine Hanna
Kristine Hanna is focused on developing collaborative and long lasting relationships with partners to further the mission of the Internet Archive. She works with institutions and foundations to fund and implement existing and/or new projects and programs; and is the founding Program Director for Archive-It, a web archiving service first deployed in 2006 and currently used by over 260 institutions in 46 states. 
She is particularly passionate about saving "at risk" collections and content. Kristine has been working on the internet since 1997 when she co-founded GirlGeeks, a career site for women in technology, which was flipped to a non profit in 2002. Before joining the Archive in January of 2006, she held senior level and management positions in online content and business development in media and educational internet companies. Before founding GirlGeeks, Kristine worked extensively in film and television at Lucasfilm, (Colossal) Pictures, and Lorimar/Warner Brothers; and attended USC's School of Cinema and Television. She has earned two team Emmy Awards, as well as two individual Emmy nominations as the Visual Effects Producer on "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles". 


Ashley Hasty
Ashley Hasty
Dr. Ashley Hasty is a lecturer at Indiana University whose work focuses on fostering creativity and collaboration in the classroom through innovative uses of technology. Her courses include active learning techniques, cooperative learning, and service-learning. These methods encourage the student to take a central role in their learning process, use their peers as resources, and opportunities to immediately apply course material to real-world scenarios. She has participated in two competitive Faculty Learning communities, one exploring the use of Second Life as it relates to best practices in teaching and learning. Most recently, she joined the FLC that studies games for what they reveal about the underlying cognitive motivational structures and how a focus on intrinsic motivation can unlock behavioral energy. She also had two courses accepted as part of the Themester® curriculum bundle and was accepted to teach a course in the Intensive Freshman Seminar program. The IFS courses are touted to be taught by some of Indiana University’s top faculty members. She received her Bachelor of Science in fashion marketing and management from Stephens College and her M.S. and PhD in textile and apparel management from the University of Missouri. Dr. Hasty researches historical wedding garments and innovative teaching strategies. 


Sarah Hoit
Sarah Hoit
Sarah Hoit, Materials Specialist at Material ConneXion
With a Masters of Science from North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Sarah Hoit has been Materials Scientist at Material ConneXion since 2012. Her specialties in nonwoven textiles, liquid repellency and polymers have brought her to be part of consulting projects with Fortune 500 companies and to contributing research for the sourcing of materials that are included into the worlds' largest library. Sarah has also written articles for various trade journals, including GCI; and been invited as a presenter for an Innovation Summit at MIT Media Lab, Design is Material and Make-up NYC. 

Kenneth Kambara
Ken Kambara
Kenneth M. Kambara 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. One of his screenplays is currently a semifinalist in the Nicholls Fellowship of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he is producing a documentary on the decline of family medicine, The Mercer Street Medical Case. His current research is on the use of visualization in marketing research and the phenomenon of brand backlash in the era of social media. He received his doctorate in Management from the University of California at Irvine, was an intercampus scholar at the Hass School at UC Berkeley, and received his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Oregon. Dr. Kambara has recently published an article from his dissertation on brand management, presented several papers at the American Sociology Association (ASA) in recent years, and contributes to an ASA group blog on culture, politics, and discourse. 


Lindsay King
Lindsay King
Lindsay M. King is the Public Services Librarian in the Haas Arts Library at Yale University, where she serves as liaison to the Yale School of Drama and the Department of Theater Studies. 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,” which she presented at last year's Fashion: Now and Then conference, and which later won the 2013 Worldwide Books Research Award for Publications from the Art Libraries Society of North America. Lindsay also reviews books on fashion, art history, and museum studies for Library Journal and ARLIS/NA Reviews. 


Nicole Kirpalani
Nicole Kirpalani
Nicole Kirpalani is an Assistant Professor in 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. 


Jennifer Krivickas
Jennifer Krivickas
JENNIFER KRIVICKAS is the Head of the Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning Library at the University of Cincinnati, has an MSLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an ALB from Harvard University. She is a regular art book reviewer for Library Journal, and has published reviews, chapters, and articles in The VRA Bulletin, Art Documentation, ArtsGuide (ACRL), Magazines for Libraries, and Art Libraries Journal. She curates exhibitions at the DAAP Library, and has presented and moderated panels at IFLA, ARLIS/NA, and ARLIS/OV. Jennifer is the curator of the DAAP Library Special Collection, a collection with 20th-century avant-garde artist publications at its core, and is currently researching an exhibition and corresponding publication entitled, Rediscovering Ruscha. 


Howard Vincent Kurtz
Howard Vincent Kurtz
Howard Vincent Kurtz is Professor of Theater and Head of the Design and Technical Theater Program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Professor Kurtz was honored to receive the George Mason University Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award and the Fenwick Library Fellowship for Research Award. Mr. Kurtz's previous work experience includes several years as a draper in New York City, creating costumes for Broadway, Hollywood films, and television. Howard is a professional union costume designer, designing costumes at many regional and local theaters in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He was nominated and received the Helen Hayes Outstanding Costume Design Award.
In addition to his academic and professional work in costume design, Mr. Kurtz is the Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. Howard is responsible for maintaining the museum’s collection of textiles, including the cataloging and conservation of the collections and the preparation of exhibitions. He has curated two exhibitions highlighting the Post family costumes, Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes of the 1920s and Wedding Belles, Bridal Fashions From The Marjorie Merriweather Post Family, 1874-1958. Howard is currently writing a comprehensive book on Marjorie Merriweather Post’s costume collection. 


Nicole LaMoreaux
Nicole LaMoreaux
Nicole LaMoreaux is currently a Daytime Librarian at LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library and a Reference Assistant at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Gladys Marcus Library. She received her Master of Library Science degree from the University at Buffalo, SUNY and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Nicole has had a keen interest in fashion dating back to when she was in kindergarten in Alabama and always wore a wedding dress. 


Jacqueline LeBlanc
Jacqueline LeBlanc
Jacqueline LeBlanc, Ph.D.  is Vice President for Planning & Assessment at LIM College.  Working with faculty and staff across College departments to develop the College’s first integrated institutional planning and assessment program, she is the leader of the College’s processes for strategic planning, institutional assessment, and learning outcomes assessment.  As Accreditation Liaison Officer,  Dr. LeBlanc has successfully led the Middle States Self Study as well as Periodic Review Reports for LIM College, and she serves as co-champion for the LIM’s specialized accreditor, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. 


Lisa D. Lenoir
Lisa D. 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. In addition, she co-teaches an online course in fashion styling at Columbia College Chicago. 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. 


Peter Leonard
Peter Leonard
Peter Leonard is the Librarian for Digital Humanities Research at Yale University Library.  He holds a BA in Art History and a PhD in Literature, and is the co-Principal Investigator of a Google Digital Humanities Grant to uncover latent patterns in the Google Books corpus.  Prior to coming to Yale, Peter had responsibility for Humanities Research Computing at the University of Chicago, and served as a post-doctoral researcher in Text Mining at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on quantitative and algorithmic methods in understanding humanistic data. 


J. Leia Lima
J. Leia Lima
J. Leia Lima is pursuing her Master’s degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Here interest in fashion history began with a costuming hobby, in which she strives to create clothing in as historically accurate a manner as possible.  She has studied and produced garments from the 1380s to the 1940s, with a special fondness for the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Leia was recently featured in a documentary film about historical costumers.  Her website is www.wearwhenwhy.com. 


Michael Londrigan
Michael Londrigan
Industry veteran Michael Londrigan is the Dean of Academic Affairs. Professor Londrigan arrived at LIM College in 2008 with nearly 30 years of experience in the apparel industry focusing on retail, wholesale and textiles. He has a strong background in product development along with extensive executive sales, marketing and merchandising skills. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Professor Londrigan is the author of the textbook Menswear: Business to Style, published by Fairchild Books. This groundbreaking text allowed colleges throughout the country to introduce a course specifically in menswear marketing. 
Professor Londrigan has held a number of positions throughout his career, including National Sales and Marketing Manager for Ulster Weavers, Sales Executive for Regal Menswear, Managing Director of U.S. Marketing for Cotton Incorporated, Vice President of Sales at Harper Industries, Account Executive at Oxford Industries, and Associate Menswear Buyer for J.C. Penney. He also served as Project Coordinator for Social Accountability International’s “New York City Factory of the Future Project.” 


Caitlin Lyttle
Caitlin Lyttle
Caitlin Lyttle came to LIM College three years ago as a bright-eyed, eighteen year old girl hoping to become the next fashion public relations machine. Still bright-eyed and ambitious, Caitlin is a senior now looking forward to graduation in May. Caitlin has found her way on an unconventional path compared to her peers within the non-profit sector after roles within both the fashion and entertainment industries. But hey, you don’t know until you try it, right? She is currently holding the position as the Development Intern at the Ms. Foundation for Women learning the ins and outs of fundraising strategies. Caitlin’s career aspirations include using her business knowledge and marketing skills to create a positive impact in the lives of others’ on both a national and international level. At LIM, Caitlin has served as a Peer Mentor and Library Student Aide since sophomore year and had the great honor of speaking at New Student Convocation this past August on her academic journey thus far. Caitlin is extremely passionate about her leadership roles and finds great motivation in assisting her peers in finding their way at LIM. 

Elizabeth S. Marcuse
President
Elizabeth S. Marcuse
President Marcuse joined LIM College in 2001 as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She assumed the Presidency one year later upon the retirement of her father, Adrian G. Marcuse, after more than 40 years with the College. Prior to joining LIM College, President Marcuse enjoyed a successful retailing and manufacturing industry career, which began in the Executive Training Program at Macy’s in New York and continued in increasingly more senior positions.
As the Director of Retail Planning for the Donna Karan Company in New York, President Marcuse worked directly with the President of Donna Karan and DKNY Women’s Apparel Domestic and International Divisions and the retail community. Prior to the Donna Karan Company, President Marcuse was the Director of Retail Planning at Mamiye Sales, Inc., a New York-headquartered childrenswear manufacturer, where she served as the financial and analytical liaison between the company and the retail community.
President Marcuse also has extensive buying experience. She was a Senior Buyer of Girl’s Clothing at Montgomery Ward in Chicago and was the Accessories and Jewelry Buyer and Merchandiser at the Cleveland-headquartered Retail Apparel Group (which does business as DOTS). She was also the Activewear Buyer for the 800-store Lane Bryant, then a division of The Limited, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.
President Marcuse is on the Board of Directors of Fashion Group International and is a member of the Board of Trustees of APC Colleges, where she is an active advocate for higher education issues on both the state and federal levels. 


Elizabeth Marotta
Liz Marotta
Liz is currently finishing her MLIS degree from the Palmer School and completed an internship at Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. Prior to working at the LIM College Library, she was the senior production editor at Fairchild Books. At Fairchild, she edited fashion, merchandising, and retailing titles. Additionally, she was responsible for producing e-books and handling the department’s archives. As a member of the education committee for the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, she helps to plan events for archive and library professionals. 


Suz Massen
Suz Massen
Suz Massen was once a teenager whose hairstyle at her high school prom was inspired by a story in Seventeen. Today, she 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, graphic 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). 


Milan Milasinovic
Milan Milasinovic
Dr. Milan Milasinovic - Vice President for Academic Affairs at LIM College, New York is an expert in entrepreneurship, e-business and business ethics, with a track record of success in the global fashion industry.  Dr. Milasinovic joined LIM College in 2007, after serving as the Academic Dean of Graduate Studies at the European School of Economics. In his academic career he has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Trieste's MIB Graduate School of Business in Italy and a lecturer at SDA Bocconi School of Managment in Milan, Italy.
In 2000, Dr. Milasinovic received Wall Street Europe's Dow Jones Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement in E-Commerce and in 2008 he authored the book Price Volatility and Reference Price (VDM Muller). He is currently working on his second book Technology for Business of Fashion (Fairchild Publications). 
Dr. Milasinovic holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from NSU, Fort Lauderdale FL, an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Milan) and Univeristy of Florida, as well as a Master certificate in Information Technology from New York University. 


Aubrey L.C. Mishou
Aubrey L.C. Mishou
Aubrey L. Mishou is an adjunct professor of English at both the United States Naval Academy and Anne Arundel Community College; she is also an avid historical costumer. In her scholarly work, she marries professional and personal interests, examining the roles of clothing and fashion in English literature from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century.  Her current work includes pieces on maternity and evolution, the function of stays and corsetry in eighteenth and nineteenth century prose, and an Elizabethan standing collar. 


Bernie Murray
Bernie Murray
Bernie Murray is an Associate Professor in the School of Fashion at Ryerson University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development in the department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Bernie’s research agenda includes creativity: examining the process, inspiration, product, motivation, and the environment; design process and draping; corsetry; and the scholarship of teaching & learning. Courses taught include Research Methods, Draping, 4th year Senior Project, Block Development, Menswear Pattern Drafting, and computer aided design (CAD) for the Apparel Design. Professional associations include: International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA), International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI), and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). Bernie has over twenty years of fashion industry experience working in design and production. 

Karinna Nobbs
Karinna Nobbs
Karinna has a passion for the aesthetic aspects of fashion, and was a visual merchandiser by trade before entering academia in 2001. She has worked for United Colours of Benetton, Kookai, House of Fraser and Ralph Lauren in the fields of fashion retail, PR, visual merchandising and buying. Karinna went on to work as a Lecturer in International Fashion Branding at Glasgow Caledonian University for ten years. In this time she developed her research and consultancy experience in the areas of retail brand strategy and integrated marketing communication. Karinna has a strong conference publication record having presented at over 40 global academic and industry events and this year she has forthcoming journal articles and book chapters documenting her extensive flagship research project. In the last three years she has become enthusiastic about social media marketing and is also now undertaking a PhD by publication at London College of Fashion. 


Chandra Obie
Chandra Obie
Chandra Obie is the textile conservator at Cincinnati Art Museum.  She studied costumes while earning a B.A. in Drama at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and went on to earn her M.A. in Textile Conservation from the Textile Conservation Centre in Winchester, England.  Obie worked as a Kress Fellow in textile conservation at the Textile Conservation Lab at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City before being awarded a contract to work at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Australia.  There, she primarily worked on major exhibitions including costumes of the Ballets Russes and textiles of Southeast Asia.  After returning from Australia, she worked in private practice in Helena, Montana, and carried out conservation treatment and consultation for the Montana Historical Society for Native American textiles and historic clothing.  She is currently involved in the First Lady Ida McKinley Dress Restoration Project in Canton, Ohio, assessing and treating badly-deteriorated ensembles which once belonged to the former First Lady.  Obie is also preparing an upcoming presentation on the conservation of an inflatable Issey Miyake dress.  Her favorite fashion designers are Elsa Schiaparelli and Charles James. 


Marlene Oosthuizen
Marlene Oosthuizen
MARLENE OOSTHUIZEN is the founder, owner and principal of North West School of Design, a fashion college in Klerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa. 
As a qualified fashion designer and educator she has extensive practical experience in the clothing manufacture environment.  She contributes regularly to industry research and development by the writing of training books and articles published in various industry related publications and fashion blogs. Her research interests range from global diversity within the fashion industry, cultural diversity in fashion, globalisation of fashion education and productivity issues, to the impact of historical apartheid and sanctions in the South African fashion.  Marlene also consults for various industry related organizations on issues regarding production issues, productivity assessments, training and skills development. Her skills development training programmes for previously disadvantaged individuals in South Africa are used widely within the community development sphere.
Having worked in the industry herself, her curriculum places strong emphasis on planning, costing and productivity besides the general design subjects. Marlene is a strong advocate of enterprise development and places particular emphasis on preparing students at the NW School of Design to enter the industry as entrepreneurs. 
North West School of Design have provided winners and finalists of national design contests and have trained some of South Africa’s top designers and is the first South African college to offer a specialized fashion programme in buying, marketing and communication.
Marlene is a recognised businesswoman with various entrepreneurial and community accolades that include Business Woman of the Year 2011 & 2002 and Small Enterprise of the year 2010 presented by the Wesvaal Chamber of Business. The Office of the NW Premier, Sanlam and the Council of Business Women has also honoured her for her outstanding contribution to the business community as an entrepreneur.
Marlene designed and patented the X!act Design Patternmaker™ and is the author of the X!act Pattern Making and The Modern Corsetiere training books.
She is a mother of two, married to Charles and calls Klerksdorp her home.
By Salome Kotze
Editor:  Klerksdorp Record 


Nancy Ostroff
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 R. Paranick
Amber R. Paranick
Amber R. Paranick holds a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing a post-master’s certificate in Archival Studies from Drexel University. She is a reference specialist at the Library of Congress and an associate at Anthropologie. 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. She resides in Washington, DC. 


Billy Parrott
Billy Parrott
Billy Parrott is the Managing Librarian of the Art and Picture Collections at the Mid-Manhattan Library. He received his BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his MFA and MLS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2008 he received the Bertha Franklin Feder Award for Outstanding Service in Librarianship. He is very active with the Library’s blogging and social media presence and his work has been the feature of articles in The New York Times and The Daily News. He is currently preparing for the Picture Collection's centennial in 2015.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, who is a children’s librarian, and two cats. 


Alice M. Rudy Price
Alice M. Rudy Price
Alice M. Rudy Price is a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University, Tyler School of Art specializing in nineteenth-century European art and culture. She is currently on leave to complete her dissertation on the Danish artist, Anna Ancher (1859-1935), which addresses the artist in relation to the intersecting cultural contexts of rural Denmark, the Skagen Art Colony, Copenhagen and Paris. Her review of the spring 2013 show on Anna Ancher at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will appear in the autumn issue of 19th-Century-Art-Worldwide. She is the author of “Gendered Interiors” published on NMWA’s website. Ms. Price also was also awarded a teaching assistantship and position as instructor of record at Temple University in art history and teaches the history of architecture at Philadelphia University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Price earned a master’s degree in education from LaSalle University, a master’s degree in history from American University, and taught history in private and public secondary schools for twenty years. She and her husband live in a northern suburb of Philadelphia. 


Michelle Pronovost
Michelle Pronovost
Michelle Pronovost is a Master of Arts candidate in the Fashion and Textile Studies program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her thesis examines the subcultural style of the riot grrrl movement. Michelle has read early and contemporary zines extensively at NYU's Fales Library and Barnard College Library in New York, and will continue her research this fall at Duke's Sallie Bingham Center with the support of a Mary Lily Research Grant. Michelle earned her MSLIS from Syracuse in 2005 and has worked as a librarian in Boston and New York. She is currently a technology specialist in the Digital Studio at NYU's Bobst Library. 

Ashli Ree
Ashli Ree
Ashli Ree is a Fashion Merchandising Assistant Professor at Middlesex Community College in MA. Ashli received her undergraduate degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development with Education concentration from Drexel University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University in Adult Education. Her current research area explores how fiber artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs without formal business education. Though Ashli specialized in eveningwear and childrenswear at FIT, the majority of her current designs are hand knit. Prior to her role as an educator, Ashli worked in various corporate and retail settings, as a freelance fashion designer, and as an instructor teaching different fashion topics and also in speaking, reading, and writing Korean. 


Getteline Rene
Getty Rene
Getteline Rene is a Senior at LIM College majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in publishing. Besides being a Deep House DJ by night, student by day, and library worker in between classes, she has also done freelance writing, styling, and assisting, for several websites and blogs and has also interned at Teen Vogue and Racked.com. Although she has deep interests in music and fashion, she hopes to pursue a career in industrial design someday and use her keen eye, business know-how, and minimalist aesthetic to open premiere nightclubs in major cities around the world. 


Lisa Ryan
Lisa Ryan
Lisa Ryan, the Reference and Instruction Librarian at  LIM College’s Adrian G. Marcuse Library and organizer of Fashion: Now & Then, was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Having been “bitten by the fashion bug” as a teenager, she came to New York in 1988 to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. 
Lisa has been preserving fashion information on her own since 1983 when she began collecting fashion books. Now she owns (and has cataloged) a collection of more than 1,000 volumes, which she manages to squeeze into her Manhattan apartment. “I don't look at having my library as a sacrifice…although my husband and daughter would disagree.”
She received her M.S. from Pratt Institute and has worked at Christie’s as an Associate Librarian. Lisa started as the Archivist and is now the Reference and Instruction Librarian at LIM College. She is active in ARLIS/NY (the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America.) 

Maria Teresa Sampedro
Maria Teresa Sampedro
Maria Teresa Sampedro began her trend career with Promostyl upon graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Intercultural Communication. Throughout her time at Promostyl Maria has developed an eye for emerging trends in the beauty, lingerie, and activewear markets, enabling her to work with some of the industries leading brands and creatives. Promostyl is an international trend research and design agency with 40 years of visionary intelligence and creative design tools for the global market. 
Promostyl develops trendbooks and consulting services designed to anticipate the currents in design, fashion and marketing; giving their clients a strategic edge in the market place. 


Stacy J. Schiff
Stacy J. Schiff
Stacy 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 a digitization project, describing thousands of images on a wide variety of topics. 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 unique image collections. She contributes to grant writing 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.  Ms. Schiff contributed an essay 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 worked at the Mercantile Library’s Center for Fiction.  In addition to her MLS and certificate in Archives, Records Management, and Preservation from Queens College, Ms. Schiff holds an M.A. in psychology from Seton Hall University.


Thomai Sederari
Thomai Sederari
With a career of 15 years as Director of Research Collections at the Department of Art History, New York University, Thomaï Serdari is an expert in articulating new research questions and defining interdisciplinary areas of inquiry. Her research analyzes the intersection of fine arts and commerce, a field she calls “luxury arts” and which includes luxury goods in the areas of fashion, product design, and architecture.
Her ideas developed into the core courses for the Luxury Marketing specialization at NYU’s Stern School of Business. Additionally, Thomaï teaches “Cultures of Excess: Product and Fashion Design through Modernity,” “Research Methods,” and “Entrepreneurship in the Business of Art” also at NYU. She is a NYSID adjunct faculty.
Thomaï is working on the biography of Robert Rosenblum, American art historian, and a textbook on entrepreneurship in the arts. She maintains a USPAP qualified appraiser practice in fine and luxury arts. She is the founder of ad Nobile, a think tank dedicated to the research of processes, products, and strategies in the luxury segment of the market. 
Thomaï holds a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. 


Ana Lucia Seguin
Ana Lucia Seguin was born and raised in Lima, Peru. At age 15 she ventured out to Los Angeles, where later she completed her Associate Degree of Arts in Product Development at FIDM. She relocated to New York to pursue a degree in merchandising at LIM College, with an expected graduation in fall 2013. After what felt like years of internships, she has discovered a love for children's wear as well as home goods and hopes to merge the two together into her future career. As a student aid at Adrian G. Marcuse Library, she has developed a strong interest for library sciences. This fall, she will assist David Benjamin (the LIM archivist) curate a new digital photography collection from past LIM College materials. 
She is passionate about her Bushwick community and recently joined a feminist performance group: BABE. After spending two years in the city, she was inspired to create a female outlet publication: Purple Pony, to fill a void within her social group. In her free time she enjoys researching about gnomes, typography and David Berman. 

Edith Serkownek
Edith Serkownek
Edith Serkownek is an Assistant Professor and has served as a librarian at both the June F. Mohler Fashion Library and at the Special Collections and Archives of Kent State University since 2005. She holds masters in History Museum Studies, Education, and Librarianship and is a certified Archivist.  Serkownek teaches on aspects of librarianship and museum education and she has presented at a number of conferences, including the 2011 VRA+ARLIS/NA workshop, “Postcards from the Edge IV: Fashion and Textiles." 


Emily Anna Smith
Emily Anna Smith
Emily Anna Smith is the cataloging librarian at the Center for Jewish History, where she catalogs books, photographs, and museum objects.  She has a BA in history from Mary Washington College, an MLS from Rutgers University, and has completed coursework at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and worked for the New York Public Library, where she cataloged performing arts collections.  She blogs and tweets about the Oscar red carpet (@oscarscloset) and has been watching the Academy Awards with an eagle eye towards fashion since the age of twelve. 


Anne St. Hilaire
Anne St. Hillaire
Anne St. Hilaire is a senior at LIM College studying to receive a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, and has been working as a library student aid for two years. She has focused her studies on event planning and production coordination and has participated in multiple internships in hospitality groups and at venues across New York City. By single handedly executing events such as Patron’s Ultimat Vodka holiday release party in 2011, volunteering at fashion shows for Boy Meets Girl and Zac Posen and participating in Fashion Group International’s Trend Overview, Anne has managed to delve into both the special events world and the fashion industry. Anne is now working towards melding her love for live music and her passion for event coordination by becoming involved in music festivals in the New York area. 


Joseph Ungoco
Joseph Ungoco
Joseph Ungoco has over six years of progressively advancing Editorial experience in the Fashion Magazine Industry and over 16 years experience in strategic planning, communications and public relations. Professor Ungoco is the founder of ICON Consulting Services, a consultancy group that provides small business entrepreneurs with business solutions.
Professor Ungoco received an MBA, cum laude from Boston University, as well as a BA, cum laude and MA in Medical Science. 


Monique Vandresen
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
Yuwa Vosper;Woghiren has completed her Master of Science in the School of Human Ecology: Division of Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising with a minor in Linguistics from Louisiana State University. She is currently beginning her first semester in the doctorate program. 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. Additionally, Yuwa has styled and choreographed a fashion show for the students in the LSU Women Impacting Style in Engineering. In 2013, she had the opportunity to present her research at the Southeastern Graduate Consortium.  In her undergraduate career, she was a cum laude graduate from Loyola University New Orleans. Yuwa graduated with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in English Literature.  After graduation, she worked as a broadcast and print journalist. Yuwa received awards for her investigative journalism in crime and education reporting. Working as a print journalist, she gained recognition for her Sunday fashion column titled “What to Wear.” Yuwa is also a member of the Costume Society of America and the International Textiles and Apparel Association. 

Marian Weston
Marian Weston
Professor 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 June 2013, she participated as a trainer in an FIT Fashion Forecast Teach-in.   Among other responsibilities, she is a Library liaison to the Fashion Design, Production Management, and Technical Design departments.  Professor Weston 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
Elizabeth Wissinger is an Associate Professor of Sociology at BMCC/City University of New York, and teaches Fashion Studies in the Masters of Liberal Studies program at the Graduate School of CUNY.  She has written and spoken frequently about modeling, fashion, technology, and embodiment, and has received several grants and awards for her work, including two Mellon Fellowships, one in the Center for the Humanities, and one in the Center for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, both at the Graduate School of CUNY. Her publications include “Modeling Consumption: Fashion Modeling Work in Contemporary Society,” in the Journal of Consumer Culture, and “The Top Model Life,” in Contexts, the magazine of the American Sociological Association. Wissinger’s other projects include an anthology, co-edited with Joanne Entwistle, entitled Fashioning Models: Image, Text, and Industry (Berg: 2012), and she is excited to announce the publication of WSQ’s newest issue, Fashion, which she co-edited with Eugenia Paulicelli. Please mark your calendars for the October 30th launch at the CUNY Graduate School. We plan to have a collection of artists, designers, academics, and other visionaries to celebrate the issue’s publication, and we hope to see you there! 


David Wolfe
David Wolfe
DAVID WOLFE
Creative Director, The Doneger Group
As Creative Director of The Doneger Group, David analyzes trends influencing big-picture developments in style, culture and society.   A high-profile personality, David’s wit and wisdom have earned him a stellar reputation over his 50 years in the fashion industry.  He is known as “America’s Foremost Fashion Forecaster” and is the most quoted authority in the industry, his views and quips appearing in various publications and on television. He is a very popular speaker, presenting authoritative fashion analyses with a spontaneous and humorous point of view. 
A native of Ohio, David began his career there in a small department store.  In the 1960s he moved to London where he quickly established himself as a leading fashion artist published in Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily and The London Sunday Times.  In 1969, he helped to establish the “fashion service” segment of the industry and is credited with being the originator of what became known as “trend forecasting” while working for a decade as Creative Director of IM International.  He then established TFS The Fashion service and returned to the U.S. as President of that company.  He joined The Doneger Group in 1990.
Today David devotes much of his time to public appearances for a wide variety of groups, conventions and educational institutions as well as regularly scheduled seasonal presentations at the New York and Los Angeles offices of The Doneger Group.  It is the fashion industry's leading source of global trend intelligence, and an "essential resource to the retail manufacturing and fashion communities".
Indisputably, one of the most seasoned, well respected, entertaining, and highly quotable fashion, color, and trend forecasters is veteran, David Wolfe. The Wall Street Journal has hailed him as "one of the fashion industry's most authoritative sharpshooters"; Earnshaw's observed, "when he talks, a lot of important people listen" and The Fashion Reporter called him "the most astute trend reporter in the business". 


Jennifer Martinez Wormser
Jennifer Martinez Wormser
After receiving a MLS with a concentration in archival management from the University of Maryland in 1996, Jennifer worked in the Special Collections Departments of the libraries at UCLA and at San Diego State University, in the Manuscripts Department of the Huntington Library, and at the Sherman Library and Gardens before accepting her current position as the Library Director at Laguna College of Art + Design in 2010.  She served as President of the Society of California Archivists as well as chair of the SCA 2004 Program Committee and co-chair of the SCA Education and Outreach and Publicity Committees.  She was a member of the Program Committee for the Society of American Archivists’ 2010 conference, served on the California Historical Resources Advisory Board from 2005-2010, and currently serves on the LA as Subject Residency Program Advisory Board.  She taught an archives and manuscripts course for San Jose State University ‘s School of Library and Information Science for from 2006-2009 and recently developed and taught a class at Laguna College of Art + Design on the Art and History of the Book. 

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