Clothing Cutback: Paring it down

How many dresses do we really need? This article in yesterday’s New York Times profiles several groups of people who have taken that question to heart – and taken steps to find the answer. With the continuing interest in sustainability confronting our current moment of financial crisis, many individuals are finding themselves wondering exactly how much is too much? How many outfits or articles of …

Jobs: Museum Positions

  (1. Collections Fellow, Cranbrook Art Museum Cranbrook Art Museum is at an exciting and pivotal moment in its 80-year history as it completely restores its landmark Eliel Saarinen-designed building and completes a new 20,000 square-foot Collections Wing. The Museum, which is closed for the construction project, will reopen in stages in April and October 2011. Working collaboratively with the Director (who also serves as …

Modernism and Fashion

I’ve recently been thinking about the idea of Modernism as self-reflexivity. As art critic Clement Greenberg heralded the work of the Abstract Expressionists, he claimed that the importance of their work was due to a sort of Modernist self-critique, a search for purity in art – which in this case boiled down to highlighting the flatness of paint on canvas. This Kantian notion of critique …

Jobs: Costume Manager and Professor of Museum Education

(1. Assistant Costume Shop Manager, Theatre Department, Williams College The College is seeking an Assistant Costume Shop Manager to assist in the day-to-day operation of a busy Costume Shop. The shop serves an active Dance Program, Theatre Department and provides wardrobe support for other performing arts events. Under the direction of the Costume Shop Manager the Assistant Manager’s primary duties include construction of costumes from designers’ …

“Sex and the City” – the great demise

Allow me a quick detour into the world of popular culture. As a major cultural vehicle through which most of the world is acquainted with fashion, I do think the recent “Sex and the City” film deserves a moment of attention — if only for all the controversy the film has caused. Space limitations prohibit me from addressing all the stereo-typing and cries of racism …

The One and the Many: Love and Desire in Dress

As a relatively new New Yorker, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things we do to get noticed. It goes without saying that the clothes we wear are one of the most immediate ways we can grab the spotlight or stand out in a crowd. But why do we want to be noticed in that way? What is at about the basic human …

Fashionable Decay: Death and Dress

Last week I attended a lecture at FIT, a conversation with Rodarte — or rather, the designing duo of sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy — in which they discussed their design process and inspirations. They are an extraordinarily down-to-earth pair who seem to use their intuitions about beauty, rather than a focus on making money, to earn almost every accolade in the industry. In addition, …

Jobs: Instructor and Curatorial Positions

(1. Assistant Professor, Fashion Marketing (Business), CUNY, York College, Brooklyn QUALIFICATIONS Ph. D. degree in area(s) of expertise, or equivalent as noted below. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Earned doctorate in a related field required; MFA in Fashion, Fashion Design Technology …

Jobs: FIT, camp instructor, and costumer

(1. FIT, Draper/Flat Pattern Maker Instructor Individuals appointed will teach a fundamental Flat Pattern Apparel Design course, from basic patterns to more advanced designs as well as managing and assessing student performance and submission of grades in a timely manner. Requirements: Candidates must have earned at least an Associate Degree, and must have a minimum of 6 years working experience in the Fashion Industry as …

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