Book Review: Textile Futures

Textile Futures: Fashion, Design and Technology by Bradley Quinn Berg Publishers (November 23, 2010) Review From Worn Through Contributor, Ellen McKinney Ellen C. McKinney, Ph.D. is a fashion educator who has taught textiles to over 400 students. Research interests include apparel sizing and fit with interest in the use of technology to develop pattern-making theory for improved garment fit, how apparel consumers, retailers and wholesalers …

Exhibition Techniques: Creating Wigs (Part III)

* Finally, I’m happy to present the third in our series of exhibition wig-maker profiles. The first two are here (Sophia Gan of LACMA) and here (Mela Hoyt-Heydon of Fullerton College).  Today, I’m sharing the conversation I had with Carolyn Jamerson, who works at the FIDM Museum as the Study Collection Manager and Mount maker. She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising …

Exhibition Techniques: Creating Wigs (Part II)

And now for Part II of my short-series highlighting the work of museum exhibition wig-makers, I’m pleased to present this interview with Mela Hoyt-Heydon. I met Hoyt-Heydon through my work with the Costume Society of America, Western Region Board of Directors. She is a union costume designer for the entertainment industry and also the Chairman of the Fullerton College Theatre Arts Department where she has …

Elizabeth Taylor: Tribute to a Supernova

* I recently overheard someone complaining about the overuse of the word ‘iconic,’ especially as it related to fashion and style. Elizabeth Taylor’s passing has caused me to reflect somewhat both on what it means to be an icon and the notion of stardom. I think, Elizabeth Taylor was a rare case where those two words, ‘star’ and ‘icon’ on their own each seem inadequate …

Book Notes: Swiss Silk and Japanese Pattern

These two lovely treasures have been sitting on my desk for more than a few weeks now, and I desperately need to tell you about them. Both of these books are produced beautifully, include significant research and study – but could easily be mistaken for coffee table books. They are, Soie Pirate: The History and Fabric Designs of Abraham Ltd. Two-Volume Set and Pattern Magic …

Exhibition Techniques: The Wig-Masters

Julien d’Ys Creates Heads and Wigs for The Model as Muse After attending a recent visit to a museum exhibition on fashion, I became fascinated with the rather involved process of creating wigs for fashion installations. The Powerhouse Museum in Australia provides this short blog entry giving a quick discussion of the skillful yet simple creations of curator, Lindie Ward and textile conservator, Suzanne Chee. …

Caught on Film: “1967 Astro-Fashion” Vs. Mugler & Gaga

This video, taken in West Germany of Mod’s in 1967 depicts space-age fashion from the year 2000. Confused? Watch the video to see what it’s all about. I love this for both its ties to fantasy, futuristic space travel, as well as European design aesthetics. I can’t help by be reminded of the big names of fashion in the 1960s, such as Pierre Cardin and …

Win a Copy of ‘Japan Fashion Now’!

The second in our series of book contests brought to you in collaboration with our interns, Brenna and Mellissa: In celebration of the success of FIT’s “Japan Fashion Now” (now extended through April 2!), we are giving away a copy of the catalogue to one lucky reader. How to Enter: Submit a an image that you feel is emblematic of contemporary Japanese fashion, along with …

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