Long Winter’s Nap

dinner theatre
“Queen of the Night” at the Paramount Hotel, pic from TONY

Hi, all!  It’s been pretty busy here at FIT, with students and teachers working on final projects and papers.  For that reason, and because FIT is closed from December 23-January 2, this will be a short post.  After the holidays we will resume the schedule of having a long post at the beginning of the month and a short one mid-month.

Just in case you need ideas for things to do, here are some of our favorite websites for (inexpensive) goings on around the city:

The Skint

Time Out New York

American Museum of Natural History programs

Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibitions

Gothamist, NYC focused news and stuff

Pierre Balmain coats from the 1950s
Pierre Balmain lace dress, 1953



To let you know what’s brewing here, I am already working on a long post about the history of the House of Balmain, starting with the man himself, and ending up with the current hot shot, Oliver Rousteing.



Current ad campaign for House of Balmain by Rousteing
Current ad campaign for House of Balmain by Rousteing





That will be out either January 20th, if I can get it all together, or February 3rd.  It will be laid out much like the post I wrote on the House of Dior in November.


Denise n Beth
Denise and I wish you the happiest of New Year’s!




Denise and I are also working on another edition of Needles in the Stacks, our series of book reviews of the many (and I mean MANY) how-to books we have here in the FIT Library.  We’re looking at books on embellishment techniques this time.

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A good book that we will review soon in Needles in the Stacks




We’re still trying to sort out if this will be all embroidery and fabric manipulation, or if it will also include beading, LED trimmings, and whatever else we come across.

Feel free to make suggestions and we will take them.   Here is the link to StyleCat, if you want to look up what we have here to make specific requests:

StyleCat, library’s everything listing


In the meantime, we wish you the best of every festive thing this holiday season!  We look forward to chatting with you again in the new year.

Beth McMahon

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3 Responses to Long Winter’s Nap

  1. Reader says:

    I own the Lorna Knight book. It’s got decent photos and is a convenient size.

    I would keep the new post to embroidery (which might merit a single post) and fabric manipulation. I’d be especially interested in books and other materials that show you how to use the fabric technique on an actual garment. Colette Wolff’s book, The Art of Manipulating Fabric, is a storehouse of ideas but she never explains how to apply them.

    • Beth says:


      Interesting thought. Off the top of my head, I would suggest you take a look at vintage clothes for applications of many of these techniques. One place to look is the COPA sewing pattern archive at the University of Rhode Island: http://copa.apps.uri.edu/ . I will think about that idea, though, and try to include that sort of thing when I get to that post on manipulation technique manuals.

      • Reader says:

        Thanks. A complete coincidence, I recommended that site to someone today. I’ve never used the patterns.

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