1939: Maxwell F. Marcuse establishes the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising at 45 West 34th Street.
1941: The first graduating class comprises 79 women who receive a one-year certificate.
1944: The school holds its first fashion show produced and directed by students. ■ LIM’s newspaper is renamed LIMLIGHT.
1947: Two-year program is added.
1950: The first fashion show of the Fifties is entitled “Flowers of the Hours.”
1959: LIM moves to 677 Fifth Avenue.
1962: Adrian G. Marcuse, Maxwell’s son, joins the college as vice president.
1965: The school purchases its flagship building, The Townhouse, at 12 East 53rd Street.
1971: London work-study program is established through cooperation with Selfridges Department Store. ■ Associate in occupational studies degree-granting powers are authorized. ■ College officially becomes coed.
1972: Adrian G. Marcuse becomes president. ■ First associate’s degree is awarded. ■ Florencio Ramos becomes first male LIM graduate.
1982: LIM is authorized to grant the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree.
1996: Bachelor of Business Administration in fashion merchandising degree is authorized.
1998: Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing is approved.
2001: Elizabeth S. Marcuse, Adrian’s daughter and Maxwell’s granddaughter, joins LIM as vice president and chief operating officer.
2002: Elizabeth S. Marcuse becomes president.
2003: Bachelor of Business Administration in visual merchandising is approved.
2004: Maxwell Hall at 216 East 45th Street is added.
2006: The school expands to include 545 Fifth Avenue at 45th Street. ■ Enrollment reaches 1,000.
2007: Ribbon cutting held for the newly renovated Townhouse.
2008: Master of Business Administration degree-granting powers are authorized. ■ A student residence opens at 1760 Third Avenue.
2009: M.B.A. expands to fashion merchandising and entrepreneurship. ■ School is renamed LIM College and starts using the tag line “Where Business Meets Fashion.”
2011: The Townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street designated a New York City landmark. ■ The first “Fashion: Now & Then” symposium is sponsored by the Adrian G. Marcuse Library.
2012: Master of Professional Studies in fashion merchandising and retail management is approved.
2013: Master of Professional Studies in fashion marketing is approved. ■ A track in home fashions is added to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. ■ Mu Rho Chapter of Delta Mu Delta comes to campus.
2014: LIM College celebrates its 75th anniversary. ■ The school launches a Bachelor of Science in International Business and a Master’s of Professional Studies in Visual Merchandising for the fall semester.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast