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Collection Development Resources for Fashion & Textiles. Edith Serkownek , June F. Mohler Fashion Library, Kent State University. Scientific. Anthropological. Art & Design. Historic. Approaches to the Study of Fashion and Textiles. Business. Technological. LOC Classification: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Collection Development Resources for Fashion & TextilesEdith Serkownek, June F. Mohler Fashion Library, Kent State University

Approaches to the Study of Fashion and TextilesScientificHistoricArt & DesignBusinessTechnologicalAnthropologicalAs we think about the multiple ways that we can approach the study of fashion, its important to be conscience of the approach(es) that you might naturally take based on your own background and experiences, and the approach(es) that your constituents may take based on the academic offerings of your college/university.2LOC Classification: GT: Manners and CustomsGT495-499 Human body and its parts. Personal beautyGT500-2370 Costume. Dress. FashionHD: Industry. Land use. LaborHD9720-9975 Manufacturing industries HD9940 Fashion IndustryHF: CommerceHF5465 History of specific department storesHF5429 Retail Trade HF5801-6182 Advertising HF5845 Retail displayNK: Decorative ArtsNK4700-4890 CostumeNK8800-9505.5 TextilesPN: Literature (General)PN2067 Theatrical costume and costume designTR: PhotographyTR679 Fashion photographyTS: ManufacturersTS1300-1865 Textile industriesTT: Handicrafts. Arts and craftsTT490-695 Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. TailoringTT697-927 Home arts. Homecrafts including sewing, embroidery, decorative craftsLOC classification numbers for fashion, merchandising and textiles. . .

This multiplicity of approaches is brought home when you look at the range of LC classification numbers TTs and that fashion design, merchandising and textiles may come under. Depending on your program, youll be collecting within a wide range of potential classification numbers from the GTs through the TTs and beyond.3

Collection Development Policies:GoalsAreas of Curricular ConcentrationDegrees/Programs OfferedScope of CoverageParametersMaterial TypesThe basis of any really useful collection begins with a collection development policy that combines information about your institutions educational goals with information about your constituents.4Whos publishing?Publishers to explore:

AVA AcademiaBerg PublishersFairchild BooksLaurence King PublishingYale University Press

Here is a very brief list of some publishers you may wish to explore. A much longer and more complete list is available on the libguide which was developed for this workshop. Please note that there are many publishers of interesting fashion, merchandising and textiles books and a number of publishers may have put out just a few books on the topicso please plan on reviewing works from multiple publishers.5What are people saying?Book reviews:BooklistChoiceCostumeFashion PracticeFashion Theory

Reference and User Services QuarterlyConstituents

Booklist, Choice and Reference & Users Services Quarterly are all published by ALA and are sources for reviews of scholarly and popular books on fashion and textiles. Costume is the Journal of the Costume Society (UK) and provides reviews of recently published academic books and clothing and textiles history. Fashion Practice, Fashion Theory and Textiles are all important Berg journals which provide reviews of scholarly publications in the fields of fashion and textiles.6What are other people collecting?BobCatA union catalog which includes NYU and the New SchoolStyleCatCatalog for FITUniversity of the Arts LondonA union catalog which includes Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion

Other institutions with similar budgets and user-groups or in the same region

Other library catalogs are a good source of information about the latest and most important publications in the field. It gives you a good sense of how others are building their collection. Stylecat also has a New Book feature which makes it simple to see their most recent acquisitions.7What's on your reference shelf?BergEncyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion FairchildDictionary of FashionDictionary of TextilesDictionary of RetailingEncyclopedia of MenswearWhos Who in Fashion

Like this publishers list, here are just a few examples of reference materials you may wish to consider for your collection. A much more extensive list is available on the libguide.8What's on your reference shelf?Greenwood Encyclopedia of Clothing Through American History

Encyclopedia of Clothing Through World HistoryThames & HudsonTheThames & HudsonDictionary of Fashion andFashion Designers

Any of the Complete Sourcebook publications illustrated by John PeacockOthersScribner Library of Daily Life: Encyclopedia of Clothing and FashionContemporary Fashion, St. James Press

One note some people have expressed hesitation about using the John Peacock illustrated fashion publications, due to incomplete citations. We have found these to be helpful when working with costume design students and persons needing strong visuals for clothing and accessories from particular time periods. 9

What databases do you subscribe to?Research Databases:

Art Full TextARTstorBerg Library Business Source CompleteMintelLexisNexisAgain, a short list of helpful research databases, with a more complete list provided in the Libguide. The first three sources are arts and humanities based, while the last three sources have a strong business focus. 10

Periodicals for Fashion & TextilesForecasting/Trending PublicationsTrade/Professional PublicationsPopular MagazinesScholarly JournalsThese four types of periodicals are important for creating a well-developed textile and fashion collection.Scholarly journals may include Costume, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Dress, Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, Textile, Textile Research Journal and Textile History. Trade publications may include Apparel, Earnshaws, Menswear, Shopping Centers Today, Sportswear International, Textile World, VM+SD and WWD. Popular publications are numerous. Please refer to the libguide for a list of these. Forecasting and trending publications are a own special type of publication. Please refer to my colleagues presentation for a in depth discussion of forecasting and trending resources.11

What free information is out there?Websites:Cotton IncorporatedComplete Textile GlossaryFabricLinkSource4StyleStyle.com

Pathfinders:Rhode Island School of Design Research Guides

Fashion Institute of Technology Research Guides

Kent State Fashion Library Online GuidesWhile free information cannot begin to provide the depth and breadth of information that your constituents will need to access, there are a number of very interesting and informative free pathfinders, websites, visual resources, online magazines and even tutorials that can provide very useful information. Here I have provided links to a small sampling of them. Again, please refer to the libguide for a much more extensive listing.12What free information is out there? Visual Resources:Flickr and Flickr "CommonsLIFE Photo Archive Hosted by GoogleVictoria and Albert Museum, Fashion, Jewellry and AccessoriesVisual Arts Data Service (VADS) based at the University College for the Creative Arts

Other: Fiber: Online Journal of the International Fashion and Apparel IndustryInternet for Fashion and Beauty Tutorial, JISC

Other types of resources?

Special CollectionsRare/historic books & pamphletsArt books

Original designer sketchbooks & swatchbooksCompany records

Materials ResourcesSample fabrics and/or garmentsPress release kits/promotion

Sample student projects/online database

There are a number of other types of special resources that you may decided to add to your collections. You also find that you are offered donations of materials, photographs, historic books and pamphlets and original fashion-related archival material. Your own collections development policy, an understanding of the information needs of your constituents and your ability to appropriately house and care for special collections will all be factors in deciding when and if you should begin acquiring this material.14Putting it all together: Your Fashion & Textile CollectionComments or Questions?Edith Serkownek, Kent State Universityeserkown@kent.eduThe pieces of the puzzle all fit together!15

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