to Dec 12

Internship: Costume & Textiles - Collections Management

From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The Costume and Textiles Department accepts applications for student interns on an ongoing basis following the academic calendar. 


The Costume and Textiles Department is undertaking a comprehensive inventory, digitization, and rehousing project of the collection. Collections Management ensures works of art in storage areas are accessible, housed in standardized environmental conditions, and are preserved while in storage. Under the supervision of the Senior Collections Administrator, the internship program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about collections care and long term preservation goals specific to costumes and textiles. The intern will gain experience in handling artworks, preparing archival materials for artwork housing, conducting inventories, and navigating the museum database.

Minimum Qualifications

This non-compensatory internship is appropriate for post-graduate and graduate students from the following majors: costume studies, material culture, museum studies, art history, or library science. Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree before the start of the internship.  Preference will be given to candidates currently in an academic program who have completed courses in costume and textiles history, collections management, fundamentals of conservation science, and have basic sewing skills. Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply 
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Nancy Carcione, Costume and Textiles Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; or email carcione@lacma.org.

Applications will be accepted during the following periods:

  • February 1 - March 15 for summer

  • May 1 - June 15 for fall semester

  • September 1 - October 15 for winter/spring semester

Applications will be accepted until the internship is filled. 

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CFP: Fashion in the Library

A special issue of Library Trends edited by Courtney Becks and Cristina Favretto

Manuscript Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019

Publication date: August 2021

Nature and Scope of the Issue

Certain fields are viewed as “for girls”--decorative arts, textiles, interior design, anyone?--and fashion is one of them. These “girl zones” have traditionally not been considered worthy or serious fields of inquiry and practice like film, the fine arts, architecture, or music.“Girl zones” are not buttressed and validated by a discourse of mythic salvation and transcendence like the ones that benefit, for example, hip-hop or punk (i.e. music) or film. Academic inquiry into fashion and adjacent fields (and consideration for inclusion within Special Collections and archival environments) are very often ignored or belittled because they dare favor the feminine-coded body in opposition to the often masculine-coded mindset of what constitutes a valid subject of research and study.

Indeed, libraries and fashion, as both professions and fields of research, have more in common than might seem immediately apparent. Both fields are gendered spaces, typically coded feminine/female/femme. Because of their association with women and femme qualities, both libraries and fashion must justify their continued existence in ways the film industry, for example, never does. Both the fashion industry and the library field depend upon the passion and labor of women, yet have historically tended to reward male/masculine involvement and agency to a much greater degree. Though it is a given that the work of, for example, Alexander McQueen is of genius and worth saving, the work of the many seamstresses, pattern-makers, and “hands” within the industry is barely acknowledged; nor has the importance of women fashion journalists or editors been as documented and enshrined as that of men.

Starting in the 1990s, fashion studies began to emerge (in the wake of home economics’ name change) as an academic subject in its own right. Increasingly, attention is being paid to the importance of fashion history and practice in the study of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class.

In the early 21st century, fashion is a multibillion-dollar global industry and cultural force. Popular culture idioms like fast fashion outlets and reality shows bring fashion to a vast audience.

It is clear that the study of fashion and its role in shaping self and society will not go away, and the intersection of fashion and libraries will increasingly offer an increasingly productive vector for inquiry.

Questions this issue will consider include (but will not be limited to): what role does fashion play in library collections, outreach programs, and programming? Where does fashion belong in the library? In Special Collections? In the archives? Are three-dimensional objects allowed? Should or can libraries collaborate with museums? How do we ensure that spontaneous yet relevant intricacies of “vernacular style” and self-presentation are documented, studied, and given the respect that other less loaded forms of artistic and self-expression are given? We hope this issue will be highly interactive, exploratory, revelatory...and revealing.

List of Potential Topics

● Librarian Fashion Tropes

● Where Does Fashion Reside in the Library?

● Home Economics Collections

● “Women’s Work”

● Disappearance of Clothing Design/Textile/Apparel Programs at Land-Grant Universities

● The Bureau of Home Economics

● Documenting “Hand Work” (Seamstresses, Milliners, Pattern Designers) and Fashion-Related Small Businesses

● Fashion Studies

● Fashion Bibliographies

● Fashion Librarians/hip

● Fashion (In) Special Collections

● Who Has Access to Fashion Collections?

● Importance of Library Collections to Fashion Studies

● Researching Fashion (for Exhibits, Collections, Shows, Etc.)

● Fashion Histories

This list is by no means exhaustive! The editors are excited to consider and enthusiastically encourage the submission of perspectives and topics that haven’t occurred to them.

Instructions for Submission

The editors for the Fashion in the Library issue of Library Trends invite authors to submit full manuscripts by December 1, 2019. Manuscripts should be sent to bexlib [at] illinois [dot] edu with the subject line “Library Trends Submission.”

All submissions should follow the Library Trends formatting guidelines. Authors should use the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition author-date format for citations and bibliography.

Manuscripts should include the author’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address. Editors will communicate with the only first author of co-authored manuscripts.

Authors will be notified of their manuscript’s acceptance status in late January 2020. The double-blind peer review process begins at the same time.

The Fashion in the Library issue’s publication date is August 2021.


Courtney Becks (MA, MALIS) is the Librarian for African American Studies and the Jewish Studies Bibliographer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a former blogger and sometime fashion zinester. She is co-directing the Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics Research Cluster through the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities for the 2019-2020 school year. She can be reached at bexlib [at] illinois [dot] edu.

Cristina Favretto (MLS, CAS) joined the faculty of the University of Miami libraries in 2008 as the Head of Special Collections, where she curates collections documenting the history of Miami and South Florida, the Caribbean and South America, countercultural movements, artists’ books, architecture and art, and fashion. Before joining the Special Collections Department, Cristina has held a variety of posts throughout the country, including Head of Special Collections at San Diego State University, Curator of Rare Books at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library, and Director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University. She has also worked at the Boston Public Library, Harvard University Libraries, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. She received her M.L.S. and C.A.S. (Certificate of Advanced Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in English Literature and Art History at the State University of New York at Albany. Cristina spent her formative years in Trieste, Italy, and received her Baccalaureate from the Liceo Giosuè Carducci in that city. She also has had a shadow life as a performance artist and lead singer in a post-punk cabaret band.

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to May 31

Internship: Fashion Resource Center Intern

From Art Institute Chicago

The FRC receives an average of 500 visitors per month, as it is one of the few research facilities of its kind located within an institution of higher education in the United States. It is used by faculty and students six days a week from 9am-7pm for a variety of activities that include independent research, class instruction, tours, recruitment, fundraising, lectures and film screenings.

Position Summary

The FRC is currently in the process of cataloging garments and other resource materials in order to make collections accessible through the Flaxman's Library catalog and SAIC's Digital Collections. We are seeking students who can assist with this project during the next few semesters.


  • Create metadata for digital collections of garment and accessories.

  • Update catalog records for printed materials including journals, look-books, and pattern books.

  • Update catalog records for video and dvd collections.

  • Work with the Director of the FRC, the Digital Collections Librarian, and Collections Management Librarian to update and create records for collections of different varieties.

  • Assist Director of FRC with instruction and reference when necessary.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in or currently studying Library Sciences.

  • Ability to problem solve and work within a team as well as independently.

  • Can take instruction and follow up once tasks are completed.

  • Detail oriented

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel

  • Experience collecting and in putting meta data.

  • Experience cataloging books and/or garments and accessories.

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to May 31

Job: Assistant Professor in Fashion Merchandising & Design

From Virginia Tech

The Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management is seeking an academic year, tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in history of costume to teach the historical, cultural and/or social aspects of dress and accessories. The successful candidate will also serve as the Director of the Oris Glisson Historic Textiles and Costume Collection and will be responsible for enhancing the profile of the collection, which will include creating an online digital catalog that makes the collection more accessible to students and the community. The Glisson Collection contains more than 5,000 items. Holdings date from the 18th century and include daywear, eveningwear, undergarments and lingerie, shoes, hats, and other accessories. 
The Fashion Merchandising and Design major emphasizes an integration of design, product development, and merchandising of apparel products. Graduates work as creative designers, technical designers, or product developers using their creative skills to conceptualize couture and ready-to-wear lines presented and sold around the globe. They also work as retail buyers, store managers, website developers, internet merchants, or visual merchandisers for national and international companies. 
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in an apparel related field by position start date. The starting date is August 10, 2019. Review of applications will begin March 13, 2019. The review will continue until a suitable candidate is appointed from a diverse pool of applicants. The expected teaching load is two courses per semester. Salary is commensurate with qualifications.
Responsibilities include:
• Develop a research and/or creative scholarship program of excellence in the apparel area including scholarly presentations, refereed publications, and grantsmanship appropriate for a R1 Research University.
• Provide leadership of the Oris Glisson Historic Textile and Costume Collection by updating documentation of the collection holdings, developing strategies for engagement with students and external audiences, and assuring the continued storage and care of the holdings.
• Contribute to teaching excellence in courses such as history of costume, cultural and social aspects of clothing, apparel production and product design, and/or fashion merchandising.
• Advise undergraduate students on curriculum and career decisions.
• Participate in interdisciplinary work and university-industry partnerships.
• Participate in university service and professional organizations.
• Participate in occasional travel to attend professional conferences and meetings.

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