Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone!


This week’s MoW is the Neiman Marcus annual Christmas Book! We collect Neiman Marcus catalogs, along with many others, and this is their special Christmas shopping edition.


The Neiman Marcus department store was founded by Herbert Marcus, Sr., his sister Carolyn Marcus Neiman, and her husband A.L. Neiman. The three had worked for competing department stores in Dallas, Texas. In fall 1907, the three created their own women’s store. Like many department stores, the initial offerings were luxurious and beautifully staged*. But it was unusual for such luxury goods to be available in Texas, and the inventory sold quickly.





After a fire in 1914, the store opened at its main location today, at Main and Ervay streets. With the new building, the company expanded their offerings to include accessories, lingerie, and childrenswear.

The Christmas Book has been published since 1939. One popular marketing idea is that of offering “His and Hers” gifts and wildly luxurious and quirky gifts, like the current his and hers island cars (i.e. golf carts) in Lily Pulitzer prints and colors.




This catalog has been immortalized in several books, including:

Over the Top: Fifty Years of Fantasy Gifts from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

The store has been written about often, and we have many books about it in our holdings. Here are just a few:

Neiman-Marcus, Texas, The Story of the Proud Dallas Store.

His and Hers: The Fantasy World of the Neiman-Marcus Catalogue.

Minding the Store: A Memoir.

For more information on researching stores, take a look at this research guide.

This is the last week of classes/finals/work for FIT students and other staff. We’ll be on vacation from Friday, December 23-Monday January 2.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday shopping!


*Read Emile Zola’s great novel about early department stores

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Making a List!

new-books-1These are some of the books the library has bought recently, on display in the 5th floor reading room just outside the E509 computer lab.

It has become very fashionable to print coffee table books about fashion wearers, creators, photographers, and purveyors. We are amused that this has made New York Magazine’s The Cut blog:

Which books are on your Christmas list? Mine has a few exhibition catalogs, including the one for the Museum at FIT’s current exhibit on Proust’s Muse. The blog has some great images, so that you can enjoy the clothes even if you can’t get to NYC this month.



Another catalog I want is this one from the gorgeous exhibition at the Met a few years ago, on Impressionism and Fashion.







This beautiful book was written by the lovely April Calahan, who works in the SPARC area of the library.






This is another gorgeous book that the library just bought. Updated information on art in England besides Holbein. I would love to own it, but now the library does!






The library is buying new books all the time! You can take a look at the list in StyleCat or we put them on display in the 5th floor reading room. Come take a look!


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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone! Today we soothe your tired eyes with lush images of couture:

Scanned using Book ScanCenter 5022Gap Press comes in 3 versions: Pret a Porter, Men’s, and Haute Couture. These titles are published by Fujisan in Tokyo, Japan. Fujisan publishes several other titles about high fashion, Gap Collections and Fashion Show, both of which we also have. This title used to be published separately from its sister Gap Presses, but since fall/winter of 2014/2015 it has been published as a semi-annual part of the more frequent Women’s Pret a Porter.

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Like our other titles Collezioni Donna and Fashion Show, this title features pages of photos from fashion catwalks in lush, glossy color. It covers the basic couture cities: Paris, London, Milan, Barcelona, and Tokyo. One advertiser of the title points out that it has “no fluffy articles, just professional photographs composed to show designs as seen on the runway.”



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What’s special about this title is that it tends to include designers that haven’t become known in the U.S. yet. For this alone, it’s always worth flipping through. The rich images highlight the art of clothing that is couture.

You can take a look at the list our runway-coverage titles here:

Come up and be inspired!

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