Textiles in Transit

Kirby Design collaborated with the London Underground to recreate these vintage textiles.

Hi, all,

I just found this cool article about the fabrics used in the London Underground. NYC uses all hard plastic surfaces and has for decades. But what if we did use fabrics for the subway seat cushions? What would they need to be to withstand the wear and tear of a given month of riders?

Guardian article about vintage textiles of London Underground

Many of the textile patterns used in London Underground and bus cushions date from the 1930s and 1940s and still have a bright, modern feeling. These have been so popular that the interior design company Kirby Design has collaborated with Transport for London to recreate 5 of these patterns for purchase by clients.

Kirby Design: Underground velvets

a patterned cloth of alternating rectangles in black, brown, gold and orange
A geometric moquette used on London’s District Line.


The fabric used is a hard wearing wool and nylon blend called moquette. The London Transport Museum recently launched an online exhibition discussing popular patterns and their design history.

London Transport Museum: The Moquette Project


Woman walking past vintage NYC subway car
Woman in vintage clothes walks up to vintage subway car in December, 2018. Photo by Scott Lynch for Gothamist


New York’s transit does not incorporate bright colors or textiles. But nostalgia for the buses and subway cars of the past is celebrated every December. For three Sundays in December, the MTA puts vintage subway cars and buses on short runs on a few popular routes and lines. New Yorkers often dress up in vintage clothes for the occasion. Gothamist did a great photo essay on last year’s riders.

Gothamist photo essay of vintage subway riders and their vintage dress and music

For more about historic subway cars, check out the NYC Transit Museum’s page on them:

New York Transit Museum: Holiday Nostalgia Rides




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Magazine of the Week

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Cover of Garage magazine, photo of Rihanna sitting in floral wrap

Garage is published 2 times a year, in Brooklyn. When it was founded, in London, in 2011, the title was named for the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia. The magazine’s creator, Dasha Zhukova, was also a founding director of this museum, opened in 2008. Zhukova is a well known and well-to-do Russian-American socialite with a passion for contemporary art and the money to support and collect it. Vice Media purchased the magazine in July 2016, and moved some of the editorial functions to New York.


Photo of marijuana consumables on draped set with lilies



Zhukova was previously editor of POP magazine, a London-based fashion magazine, from 2009. It was her first editorial experience and she only remained there for 3 issues. In her endeavor at Garage, she has maintained a deeper editorial staff beneath her directorship.




Page from a script for "Amos' World" by Cecile B. Evans





Earlier issues of Garage illustrate Zhukova’s ties to the art world. While the usual advertising suspects of the avant garde, Prada, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs grace the end papers, they accompany ads from auction houses and galleries, such as Sotheby’s and Gagosian. Likewise, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons exhibit in layouts alongside the fashion editorials and interviews.



Page offers brief history of LED use in garments, with runway photos of designer uses.



Many magazines seek to provide a worldwide gallery-like experience in a print format, but Garage is more successful than most. It’s refreshing not simply because it eschews the minimalist formats of its competitors, but because it includes fashion as an art form in gallery-imitating layouts. Unlike so many of the fashion oriented artsy titles, this one works from art –> fashion, not the other way around. Layouts really give the feeling of moving to a new gallery displaying completely different work than the last.




Young woman stands on shoulders of 2nd young woman. Both wear knitwear by designer Marine Serre.




In addition, Garage brings a much more global look at the art and fashion worlds. The models include more women of color, the interviews more women’s writing, and the fashion not just that of Paris, Moscow, and New York, but also rising stars from Nigeria’s rising film industry. Derek Blasberg’s sly email conversations give the reader the feeling of being a jetsetting cultural influencer. Zhukova’s money, connections, and savvy, have given birth to a good looking and surprisingly thoughtful publication.




Photo of Rihanna lounging in pink room with blue blouse and yellow skirt.

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Does your writing need citing?

Students reading at a table in the library
FIT students hard at work in the library, from the 1981 yearbook.

It’s paper writing time again on the FIT campus. It seemed like a good time to repost this pointer to the main citation style guides and our research guide How-Tos!

“If you write it, cite it!” V&I post from 2016

We’ve got two good research guides on the subject. Check these for examples of common sources required for FIT assignments. The different FIT schools use different citation styles, so it’s important to know which one your professor expects.

FIT Library research guide on citing APA style

FIT Library research guide on citing MLA style


The Research Services Desk in the FIT Library
The Research Services Desk, 5th floor of the FIT Library.


There will be one more Citation Salon in the library this spring, on April 30. If you need help, though, you can always come to the library and ask at the Research Services Desk or ask from home via Ask the Library. (Note that this is only staffed during the day and early evenings.)




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