Why yes, yes we do. I’m glad you asked that. I just wandered out to our New Books display on the 5th floor and thought I’d show you some cool new things! Come be inspired!
The other day our friend Stitch came through the library. We managed to catch him for a Research Desk photo op.
He wandered over the the New Books shelf, so we thought we would too. We try to buy books relevant to most FIT majors, so our new books are pretty fun and different.
There’s been a resurgence of interest in print design lately. Here’s a cool new history of the fine work of American graphic designers around the middle of the 20th century.
This book depicts the work of designers who came from Europe with Bauhaus ideals and updated American visual life for the next 30 years. It gives a brief history of their work as well as that of the American designers who worked with them and learned from them.
It’s funny that this stuff is supposed to look sleek and futuristic, but since I grew up with it, it feels retro and old fashioned. Still, it’s the most distinctive new look to evolve from the 20th century and the people who made it were passionate about their work.
I also really like this book on photography called Bystander.
It’s a history of street photography, so it’s got photos of New York City and other cities all over the world from the 1800s through the 20th century and a bit of commentary on the 21st century.
Take a look at the book yourself to see how many places in it you recognize.
I find images of what familiar neighborhoods looked like dozens of years ago especially fascinating. This book includes a group of pics of the Lower East Side, where I lived in the late 1980s.
There’s another cool image of Fifth Avenue in the snow from 1893. This image above left is from France in 1945.
This casual form of photography doubtless influenced magazine photography dramatically.
Another cool looking book on the rack is this scholarly one about dress and identity in South Asia and the people who emigrated away from there. We have a terrific collection of books and magazines that address fashion, customs, and identity.
FIT is a center of Fashion Studies, between all the terrific faculty working in the field, and the Graduate Studies program training new scholars and curators and conservators.
We have a DVD collection, too. Some of the titles serve our Film Studies minor, others are for their importance in the fashion world, and still others support other classes here. That means we have lots of documentaries, like this one here.
The last book I pulled down to take a look at is this pretty book about a tapestry weaving workshop in Australia. Tapestries are an ancient form of home decoration, and we have a lot of books on the subject since we specialize heavily in textile history. But this book highlights recent tapestries as art, and the people who made them.
There are some wonderful images of the weavers working on these large fabric hangings. They are difficult to manage because of the scale of the work. There are manuscript illuminations showing weavers working on them. It’s cool to see the current weaving team working in almost the same way.
Have a good weekend!