We are pleased to share news about the most recent project launched from METRO's collaborative digitization grants program. Digital producers and individuals from fashion, design, and library science programs throughout the city are invited to attend the event and panel discussion. Space is limited. Please read on for details:
On February 28, 2012 the New York Public Library will host a panel discussion and unveil a collaborative digital effort between the Library and the Fashion Institute of Technology:
"Loose Coat" 1939,
Pearl Levy Alexander, designer
When: February 28, 2012; 9:30am-4:00pm
Where: Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room 227)
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
42nd Street and 5th Avenue
This digitized collection of 5,415 fashion drawings and sketches produced by André Fashion Studios between 1930 and 1941 is the result of a partnership between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library. The partners aimed to virtually unite a collection of spectacular quality and historical significance that is physically divided among the two institutions and, as an equally important goal, to leverage open-source technologies to create a prototype of a fashion information and image portal that would provide access to costume and fashion-related resources held by various New York City educational and cultural heritage institutions. The discussion will provide a background history of Andre Studios and the digitization project itself.
The site is the initial realization of that broader goal and brings into focus a group of materials that have until now been accessible mainly to researchers.
This event and the collaborative digital project “André Studios 1930-1941: Fashion Drawings & Sketches in the Collections of the Fashion Institute of Technology and The New York Public Library” was made possible and supported in part by funds from the Metropolitan New York Library Council through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program.
The panel discussion is 9:30am - 4pm on February 28, 2012 in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room 227) at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. Coffee will be served at 9:30 and a light lunch will be provided at 12:30. We would like to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues for this event. Digital producers and individuals from fashion, design, and library science programs throughout the city will be invited but space is limited.