Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone! Welcome back!

In the last few years, October has overtaken June as the most popular month to get married. And the most popular weekend of that month is this one: Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ Day weekend. This week’s MoW celebrates that American institution: the big wedding.


Town & Country Weddings is a spin-off of the popular “Weddings Issue” published by Town & Country magazine every February or March in the 1990s-2003. The issue must have been popular, because in fall of 2003, Town & Country launched Town & Country Weddings as a separate title. It came out 2x/year, in the spring and in the fall, and it contained the usual bridal magazine fair, but targeted at the country-club and jet set. In 2014, the magazine was discontinued, but it had a good run for something that began life as a supplement.



It is safe to say that the usual consumer reading Town & Country has conservative, but expensive tastes. Yet this magazine is more forward-looking in graphic design, layout, and in gowns shown than our other bridal magazines.   The photography layouts are so fashionably minimalist they are suitable for mobile consumption.




This title devotes a lot of editorial to the fabulous weddings of “real” people.  Super wealthy (but rarely famous) ones, but actual human beings.   The style spots use the snappy “Style Spy” tag to highlight wedding pics full of pretty, elegant ideas.  The (larger) amount of space devoted to men’s clothing and grooming is a nod to old-school style not seen in Brides (American) or Martha Stewart Weddings. The jewelry layouts depict astonishing gems by top international jewelers. Also, unlike Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings, T&C Weddings features big fantastic weddings of non-white couples.



The editorials are pared down and elegant.  While many of the styles are very simple, they aren’t necessarily traditional, as this cropped-top bride (Spring 2015 issue) shows.



Bridal magazines can be found easily by this listing in our Periodicals by Title & Subject listing:

And I wrote a lot more about them a few years ago in these two posts:

Have a great weekend!





And also:

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We are proud to announce: Special Collections and College Archives!

Left to right: Library Director N.J. Bradeen, State Senator Brad Hoylman, FIT President Dr. Joyce Brown, State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, and Head of SPARC Karen Trivette

This past week the library celebrated a momentus occasion: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony to declare that the new, shiny, reorganized and renovated Special Collections and College Archives is open!

This event was celebrated by a small do over in the new space:


FIT President Dr. Joyce Brown and Library Director N.J. Bradeen, and head of Special Collections Karen Trivette were honored to welcome New York notables Kathy Hochul (Lt. Governor of the State of N.Y.), State Senator Brad Hoylman, and State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried to speak at the ceremony on Monday, October 2.


Special Collections and College Archives (SPARC) houses an amazing collection of designer notebooks, historic fashion plates, historic magazines and all sorts of other fashion-industry-related ephemera. The new space allows the department to house these irreplaceable materials in state of the art temperature- and humidity-controlled storage spaces.


Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul


Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, gave a moving speech honoring New York history and remembering an early job of hers working in archives in her home city.


Now that this area is reopened, scholars and students (with specific assignments) can make appointments to use the precious collection of documents, notebooks, plates and other historical materials.







Here is everything you need to know (including how to make an appointment!) in order to make good use of the archives:

Congratulations, FIT and SPARC!!

The opening reception for SPARC, attended by NY notables and FIT Library faculty and staff.


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Magazine of the Week

Welcome to this week’s Magazine of the Week!

Catwalk, the Journal of Fashion, Beauty and Style, is a new global interdisciplinary research studies journal with a focus on matters of the idea of “fashion”, broadly defined. It was published 2x/year by the Interdisciplinary Press in the U.K. Several FIT alumna and faculty sit on the magazine’s advisory board. Unfortunately, this title hasn’t established enough of an audience. The September 2016 issue is the last.

“Fashion studies” has recently become an important topic of academic focus, in part because of the drive and research of several noted British scholars of fashion and dress*, and university programs that evolved to further these scholarly visions**. The focus on clothing and fashion parallels the development of scholarly research in such “everyday” topics as food and foodways, daily life in history, and the lives of the creators of art objects (as opposed to connoisseurial studies so popular in the past).





The journal was published by the Fashion Research Network, begun by a group of students from the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art, who wanted a discussion space for their research and career concerns. The journal is aimed specifically at students and academics in early career: either just finished graduate school, or at their first jobs.







The title had expensive production values, printed on heavy paper with a glossy, well designed cover and color images within, but the content was largely scholarly and text-based. Besides blind-reviewed scholarly articles the magazine also presented the usual scholarly array of exhibition reviews, book reviews, and editorial commentary on the field at present.




Come take a look!

*e.g. Janet Arnold, Gale Owen-Crocker, Stella Mary Newton, Aileen Ribeiro,and Lou Taylor.

**e.g. The Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of Brighton, the University of Manchester, and the School of Historical Dress.

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