Sartorial Snark, Carpeted Red, (some awards required)…

Hi, everyone! Here at FIT, we care a lot about clothes. Had you noticed yet? I bet you had!

We all have opinions about award season clothes. But we figure that, being at Couture Central, Birthplace of Young Designers, our opinions matter a lot. To this end, we have written up a playing card of our own:

Here is my rationale for those categories, but feel free to play your own way. I would love to see readers post their celebrity choices for each category, or else on our FB page.

Didn’t want to see that!  Clothes that flash too much, or the allover-embroidered nudes.
Frankendress:   Big, weird, ugly! You know the ones!
Skating Partners:   Those lovey-dovey couples dressing like one another.
Earrings Ate Your Face:   ’nuff said!
Blond on bland:   She disappeared into her dress.
Yes, It’s Art, but?   Conceptual, but not flattering.
Mermaid Slink:  That Norell/Mackie-style column of sequins.
Giant Meringue:  Tulle overload, wedding gowns gone bad…
Woebegone Whimsey:   Forced but failed cuteness.
Glinty Rocks:   Big, shiny objects (dress or jewelry).
When Ruffles Go Bad:   you get the pic!
Full Metal Frock:   Is it armor or the sun in my eye?
Tuxedo Tantrum:   Messing with a good thing.
Not ‘Netflix ‘n Chill’! :   Too casual; sneakers right out!
Suited you:  Something suity that worked (like Evan Rachel Ward, e.g.)
Achoo! :  Excessively feathered.
Blood & Lipstick:  That’s a lotta red there!
Pantsuit Prowess:  Good use of pants, also ref to Pantsuit Nation.
See Right Through Me! :  Too much sheerness, you know what I mean!
Dear Prudence:  Did Queen Victoria dress you??
When I’M Famous!!:  I SOOO WANT THIS DRESS!!
Invisible Man:  Could you have dressed more ‘Ho, hum’?
Con is Next Door… :Your Sci-fi costume dreams misplaced
Not 15 Anymore…: No, you really *are* too old for that look!
Sketch was Terrific, but…: Interesting dress on paper, not successful 3D.

We hope you have some fun with this. Feel free to post your category:celeb picks in the comments!

(Just in case you are curious, here are some less interesting cards ;) )


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Magazine(s) of the Week: Oscars Coverage!

This week we’re really excited about the Oscars, which happen on Sunday evening, February 26, 2017. This week’s MoW is a series of popular titles we hold, whose covers show actors and actresses from movies that have been nominated this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures website gives all the nominees here:

Since the birth of the movie industry, movie stars have been big business for the media. Despite many changes over the last century, they continue to be, as you can see from this sampling. I’ve published covers from Out magazine before, but this cover is a beautiful shot of actor Trevante Rhodes, of the cast of Moonlight, a film nominated for Best Picture this year.

It’s not a secret that consumers want pretty, famous people on their magazine covers, and who, as a group, are prettier than movie stars?

But showing you some of the great covers currently up also shows you some of the best titles we have for coverage of the motion picture industry.

Here is Michelle Williams, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Manchester by the Sea, which is also nominated for Best Picture.




This year has been a great one for big dramas about historical events and places. Here is Janelle Monae, the musician and actress, who is in two films nominated for Best Picture, Hidden Figures and Moonlight.












Rolling Stone, one of several titles which focus primarily on the entertainment industry, has a lovely image of actress Emma Stone, who is nominated for Best Actress in La La Land, which is also nominated for Best Picture.


We have some other highlights to help you enjoy watching the Oscars ceremony next week. Stay tuned for more developments from Volumes & Issues!




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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone! Welcome back. As you may have noticed, we lost some content recently. I’m working on back-filling that so the information I posted is still out there in the world. Starting with:

This trade publication also has a great website, which announces interesting new industrial projects, business information*, upcoming trade shows, and provides a list of resources. One resource of particular use to the industry and the FIT Library, the annual Buyer’s Guide.

A quick flip through the Buyer’s Guide shows the huge range covered by the term “Specialty Fabrics”. From the term “yarn”: anti-static; cored; cut-resistant; nylon, textured; nylon, solution-dyed; polyethylene, non-wicking;

And under “end products”: bags, ballast; bags, tote; canopies, marine; curtains, marine; curtains, welding; houses, ice fishing; liners, pit and pond; tarpaulins, solar agricultural; tents, circus or big tops; It really is a reminder that textiles are everywhere around us.



This title is an official publication of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, which is the largest textile trade association in the world. It was begun in 1912, as the National Tent and Awning Association. This group is a non-for-profit organization that represents companies involved with specialty (usually non-fashion related) fiber, fabric, equipment, and related end products. This organization publishes several other titles we have here, Marine Fabricator, Geosynthetics, Fabric Architecture, and InTents.




This title continues an older one, Industrial Fabric Products Review. This older magazine tended to put innovative textiles on its cover, and I pulled a few cool images for you.






And this one, which I pulled because the Oscars are coming up soon, yay!

For more of our titles related to textiles, check out this guide:



*On the home page on 2/16/2017, there’s an article about a former FIT prof!

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