$10,000 Raised for Gladys Marcus Library

The Gladys Marcus Library at FIT has been given $10,000, thanks to the more than 6,000 people who attended the 2015 Designers & Books Fair, held October 2-4 in the John E. Reeves Great Hall. Held in partnership with the School of Art and Design, a portion of the proceeds from the event was earmarked for the library to support the academic and research needs of the FIT community and to serve the fashion and design industries with its more than 300,000 materials. 

The Designers & Books Fair is the world’s only book fair dedicated to architecture, fashion, and design. Free and open to the public, this year’s fair featured more than 60 of the top publishers of books on architecture, fashion design, interior design, web design, landscape architecture, product design, and urban design. Books were on sale from European, Asian, and American publishers and booksellers, including antiquarian dealers. The fair featured book signings by authors and intimate discussions with some of the industry’s best innovators in the world of design.

One of the highlights of the fair was its Experiences with Authors, which offered lunch with André Leon Talley, a meet-and-greet with Fern Mallis, and a private tour of the current exhibition at The Museum at FIT with its director and chief curator Valerie Steele, among other singular experiences. Visitors to the fair only had to purchase a book by a select group of participating authors to automatically be entered for a chance to win.

A robust series of public programs also took place in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre throughout the fair. Some of these included:

Milton Glaser: Work + Passion, A Conversation with Steven Heller

Irma Boom: 10 Favorite Books, A Conversation with MoMA’s Juliet Kinchin

Kickstarting Design Book Launches: Three Case Studies—NYCTA Graphic Standards Manual; Gary Hustwit’s Complete Interviews; Hermann Zapf’s Sketchbook

Architecture and Drawing: Peter BohlinDaniel LibeskindSuchi Reddy, and  Michael Weltonin Conversation with Wendy Goodman

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