Fashion: From Jazz to Vogue’s Eye

Two new fashion books have arrived in the Art Division. One covers the glamorous world of 1920s fashion and the other celebrates the role the fashion editor has played at Vogue for 120 years.


Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, retraces the work of Vogue’s legendary fashion editors including Pally Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington. These women collaborated with photographers, designers and stylists to create the fantasy world (for most of us anyway) of fashion. The book focuses on Vogue‘s dazzling archive of images that have had an impact on fashion, music, and culture. This book is lavish in its design and photographs. These editors had and still do have a vision when it comes to presenting the world of high fashion.


The 1920s was one of the most stylish and influential fashion periods full of feathers, beads, sequins, and anything to over indulge in. After all this was a time of highly decorated Erte dresses and Art Deco.

Dressed to Kill: Jazz Age Fashion, brings us into that legendary elegant world of the 20s. This collection of photographs comes from Virginia, the most fabulous renowned antique clothing store in London. Many stylists, designers, models and museums use this store as their go to place for dresses, coats, and accessories from this time period. All are carefully preserved offering inspiration from this glittering time to all who are looking for the craftsmanship and ornamentation of this important fashion period. This is a lavish book, full of exquisite photographs. Indulge!


Mid-Century Wallpaper: Neue Dekorationsstoffe Tapeten und Teppiche


While *weeding in the stacks we often come across items that we call “gems.” Those rare fragile items that either don’t circulate very often or those that are are not in great condition to be checked out.

Decorating (747) is one of the areas I was weeding in and found this great book on Mid-Century wallpaper. Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. It is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.

The book is Neue Dekorationsstoffe Tapeten und Teppiche, that translates to new decorative fabrics wallpapers and carpets. This book contains many images of Mid-Century wallpaper in black and white. The interesting thing about the book is, it contains about 30 full color original wallpaper pattern pieces from that time period, complete with texture.

If you are a lover of Mid-Century modern come take a look at this book. The book is reference and must be used in the library. Click on the cover above to connect with our catalog.

Here are some sample images.

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SXSW March 8-March 17 2013 Music and Film


Who is at SXSW 2013. Facebook site . Film.

Depech Mode to play on March 15.

Stream it live.

NPR:  SXSW 2013 Music Preview

The Foo Fighters frontman is also the key-note speaker at this year’s event and will bring Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Corey Taylor, Alain Johannes, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk and Fear’s Lee Ving to play live according to Billboard. His talk will take place on March 14, 2013 at the Austin Convention Centre.

Additionally, other new names confirmed for the festival include Iggy and the Stooges, Kendrick Lamar, Iron & Wine, Devendra Banhart, Tenacious D, Ghostface Killah, Pusha T, Big KRIT, Youth Lagoon, Mikal Cronin, Reggie Watts, Matthew E. White, FIDLAR, Rustie, Trash Talk, Parquet Courts, A Place to Bury Strangers, Ab-Soul, Diamond Rugs, Kids These Days, Nobunny and White Mystery.

SXSW 2013 previously announced names including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Vampire Weekend, The Flaming Lips, Earl Sweatshirt, Black Lips, Wild Belle, METZ, Toro Y Moi and Unknown Mortal Orchestra for this year’s festival.

Some of the much anticipated acts who will join Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on Wednesday, March 13 for the NPR Music showcase at Stubb’s. Yeah Yeah Yeahs will be making a stop to perform in support of their new upcoming album, Mosquito. They’ve already released the crazy cool cover art and a teaser video. Check it out on their site. And see them live at SXSW Music 2013!


FREE Art Reference

ngaSelected as one of the Best Free Reference resources of 2012 by Library Journal, The National Gallery in Washington, DC, houses one of the largest collections in the world of painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present.

“At the gallery’s website, information is available for more than 110,000 objects, with images provided for 20,000 of them. The site is searchable by keyword or phrase, and users can unearth teaching resources or in-depth studies and search the collection by artist, title, or subject. An extraordinary and easy-to-navigate resource.” – Library Journal, March 1, 2013


Rochester Fringe Festival: Call for Performance Artists


Welcome to the Fringe: September 19-28, 2013

Twenty-two venues. More than 180 performances. Over 32,000 attendees. And that was just in our first year. The 2013 First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival will be even more of a feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul. We’ve expanded from five days to ten and will add up to even more shows, featuring world-renowned performers as well as up-and-comers. All in the heart of Rochester’s East End. Let’s put on a show!

How to Apply


In 1947, eight theatre groups turned up – uninvited – to perform at the newly established Edinburgh International Festival. The groups performed at venues they arranged themselves. The following year, Scottish journalist Robert Kemp coined the term “fringe festival” to describe these renegade performers. Today, there are more than 200 fringe festivals worldwide, with approximately 20 existing within the United States. Each fringe festival is a creative and economic engine for its host communities. For example, last year the Edinburgh Fringe saw 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in 258 venues lasting the entire month of August. It grosses over $100 million annually for the Scottish economy.


Rochester Images Database


If you are looking for images that show Rochester and/or Monroe County from the past up to present time take a look at our database Rochester Images. This database contains over 22,000 historical and contemporary images from Rochester and Monroe County. Some are from our Local History Division and some are from the Stone Collection.

The Albert R. Stone collection of the Rochester Museum & Science Center consists of local images made for the Rochester Herald and the Democrat and Chronicle between 1904 and 1936. Albert R. Stone, staff photographer for those newspapers, took pictures of newsworthy events and the people and places associated with those events. Topics include World War I, women’s suffrage, prohibition, African Americans and immigrant groups, recreation, transportation during a time when automobiles slowly replaced horse and wagon, and more. The credit line “From the Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center Rochester, N.Y.” must accompany any images printed from the database.

You can search by keywords, title, subject, and name. Each image has a number and if you have those numbers you can search by those as well. For example, the image above has a number of scm09887.jpg, so just type that into the search box. These images are free to use. If you use them please make sure you include all descriptive information

The image above is from the Albert. R. Stone Collection.
  Liberty Bell
  Stone, Albert R., 1866-1934.
  1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
  Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Rochester, NY
  A replica of the Liberty Bell hangs from a wooden A-frame support mounted on a railroad flatcar. Railings protect the Liberty Bell from the crowd and soldiers stand guard. The train shed and loading platforms of the New York Central Railroad Station are visible in the background.
  Similar to Stone photographic negative #2734 (RMSC), which was printed in the Rochester Herald, November 25, 1915.
  New York Central Railroad Station (Rochester, N.Y. : 1914).
Liberty Bell.
Soldiers New York (State) Rochester.
  RMSC Library – F99; Bells: 2722A