Fashioning the Framework: Information Literacy for Fashion Studies

LAURA THOMPSON, Laura Thompson

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Though the historiography of the study of fashion goes as far back as 1860, the development of fashion studies as a serious academic discipline is fairly recent. As fashion studies has developed as an academic discipline worthy of serious critical study and rigor, academic libraries support these programs through their collections, services, and general research support. Information literacy instruction for these programs is also critical to library support of fashion studies programs. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education provides general guidance for this instruction but, as with other creative performance, art, or design-oriented disciplines, requires contextualization. Librarians working within these disciplines have addressed in some ways the special information needs of these students through the establishment of professional reports containing information literacy standards or competencies special to those disciplines. For fashion studies, however, these discussions have thus far been limited, especially as it concerns the ACRL Framework. This article provides a brief overview of the Framework, outlines each Frame, or threshold concept, and discusses the Framework from design perspectives and discusses implications of its emphasis on disciplinary context for a field as interdisciplinary as fashion studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArt Documentation
Issue numberFall 2021
StateAccepted/In press - 1800


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