Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fashionistas check this out

Nina Ricci, Guy Laroche, and Yves St. Laurent are just some of the top designers making up a veritable who's who of fashion at the London College of Fashion's Woolmark Company Collection. These 'cool' wool fashions may no longer be on the catwalk but they can be seen online via the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).

This week over 2000 newly digitised images have been launched online which complement these vintage fashions by key couturiers. These newly digitised images include examples from the ready-to-wear market by manufacturers such as British Home Stores, Berkertex, Windsmoor, Susan Small, and Marks & Spencer, as well as including more examples by top designers such as Mary Quant and Christian Dior.

The black and white photographs date from the 1940's through to the early 1980's and capture both the fashion of the time and the style of photography. The press releases, which in some cases are still attached to the photographs, give additional information about the garments, designers, manufacturers, photographers and any points of interest reflecting the promotional style and language of the time. All of the images were generously donated to the London College of Fashion from The International Wool Secretariat, now The Woolmark Company.

VADS now provides access to over 4,800 images from the Woolmark Company collection, which complements a number of other London College of Fashion collections already available online including its College Archive, Paper Patterns Collection, Cordwainer’s Shoe Collection, and Gala Cosmetics Archive.

For more information about the London College of Fashion’s Woolmark Company collection see

VADS offers over 120,000 fully cross-searchable images which are free to use and copyright cleared for learning, teaching, and research.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The library is delighted to announce new access to many Elsevier and Dawsonera eBooks. These are full-text books, available online from both on and off campus via ScienceDirect or Dawsonera platform.

ELSEVIER collection of eBooks includes monographs, major reference works, and book & handbook series published in 2010 and 2011 in the following areas: Business Management Hospitality and Tourism, Computer Science, Energy, Finance, Forensics, Media Technology.

In addition the library subscribes to a few Reference Works:

Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology
Encyclopedia of Energy
Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
Encyclopedia of Infant and Early Childhood Development
Encyclopedia of Information Systems
Encyclopedia of Microbiology (Third Edition)
Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry


is an entirely web-based eBook platform and is the most relevant and up to date platform available today. Academic and professional titles are available to purchase for library collection from more than 300 of the world's most popular and innovative publishers.

It is now available on the online databases page of the library website:

For further information regarding setting up a username and password please read instructions on online databases page or contact

The list of available eBooks from Dawsonera and Science Direct can be accessed at:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Follow our steps to the perfect Valentines:
1. Impress greatly by making a thoughtful gift using our beautiful selection of “artist books” as inspiration (on display in LSAD Library)
2. Borrow from our fabulous and extensive range of cookery books and cook up a delicious meal (shelf number 641.5 LIT Library)
3.Curl up with a fantastic DVD from our eclectic collection, we have romantic classics, crazy horrors (in case you need some clinch power!), beautiful foreign language movies and many more (ask for our list at the desk).


LSAD Library is delighted with their recent acquisition of the “Masters of Cinema” series. Each book comes with a detailed chronology with the director’s early works, education, film shoots and awards noted and there is a filmography in each, with amateur, short and feature films as well as collaborations included. Find out all you ever needed to know about the movies of David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Hitchcock and Kubrick….SWOON!