Saturday, October 13, 2012

Laura Layfer to Present "Fashion at Auction: Want vs. Wear"

Laura Layfer is currently the Art & Antiques Director at Branca, Inc., a design firm with offices in Chicago and New York. Prior to taking on this role, Ms. Layfer was the Furniture & Couture Specialist in the Interiors department at Christie’s, where she organized and directed the inaugural multi-owner couture sale for Christie’s New York in July 2008. Ms. Layfer joined Christie’s in 2005, as a junior specialist in the American Furniture & Folk Art department, and later served as the liaison for the Iconic Sales/ Collectibles department on special collections, handling all cataloguing and research for couture and accessories in such notable sales as: Maria Félix: La Doña (July 2007), The Nan Kempner Collection (October 2007), and Property From The Estate of Kitty Carlisle Hart (December 2007). Ms. Layfer returned to Christie’s as a fashion consultant in 2011, to work on The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor (December 2011).

Previous to her positions at Christie’s, Ms. Layfer was the Assistant Director of the American Arts Course at Sotheby’s Institute. Additionally, she has written for various print and online publications on the topics of fashion and furniture.

Ms. Layfer holds a B.A. in art history from the University of Michigan, a graduate certificate in American fine and decorative arts from Sotheby’s Institute, and an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts & Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Masters Program with Parsons the New School.

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

Read more about the Fashion: Now & Then conference.

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

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