Wardrobe Crisis

While in Sydney for the UTS Library artist residency, I had a great conversation with Clare Press. Clare is the author of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion and Fashion Editor-At-Large of Marie Claire Australia. The podcast is now out and available HERE. We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it!Read more

What is fashion good for?

I’m delighted to be a contributor for a new publication, One Quart Magazine. My first article is now up, part one of my response to the question, what is fashion good for? I hope you check it out, along with all of the excellent articles in the magazine. My thanks to Astrid Swan for the invitation to contribute. Through Monokini 2.0 I’ve got to know Swan’s music well over the past year; she provided much of the soundtrack to writingRead more

Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches – free book!

Aalto University has published an excellent book, edited by Kirsi Niinimäki, titled Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches. Where there were really no books before 2008, there are now many, some of great value, others of less. I’ve so far read two chapters and glanced through all of them, and I think this book adds value to the conversations, through precisely focused and thoroughly researched chapters. The absolute best thing about this book? You can download it for free! Click on theRead more

2014 Vaughan Lecture at ROM

In September I have the honour of collaborating with Dr Alexandra Palmer, on the 2014 Vaughan Lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, titled Metamorphosis – Transformations of Fashion. Dr Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the ROM, and a Co-curator of BIG, the latest exhibit in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume. She is cross appointed and teachesRead more

Call for Papers: Fashion Thinking

From the conference website: FASHION THINKING – THEORY, HISTORY, PRACTICE 30 October – 1 November 2014 Venue: University of Southern Denmark Call for abstracts Over the past 20 years, Fashion Studies has established itself as a significant, trans-disciplinary field of research covering a range of topics and methodologies. The conference Fashion Thinking wishes to mark this development with an international conference that explores and challenges the theory, history and practice of Fashion Thinking in it widest sense as paradigms ofRead more

The Vilcek Foundation

Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Fashion The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young fashion professionals who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Details here, and below: Professionals in the following fields are encouraged to apply: Designer — including but not exclusive to womenswear, menswear, textile design, accessories, and other artifacts Stylist — including editorials, advertising campaigns, and fashion presentations Makeup/hair artist — truly experimental pushing the breadth of materials used to communicate their narrative of makeupRead more

Indigenous New Media Symposium

On Friday evening I resisted my urge to go home and gorge on chocolate in front of Netflix, and instead went to the Indigenous New Media Symposium at The New School. The speakers were Dr Jessica Metcalfe of Beyond Buckskin, Adrienne Keene of Native Appropriations, Chase Iron Eyes and Jarrett Martineau. Clayton Thomas-Muller’s flight had trouble landing; he came in right at the end, after having sent us a video from the plane. The evening was nothing short of incredible.Read more

Resources on cultural appropriation in fashion

Walter Van Beirendonck, autumn/winter 2014, from style.com A few days ago I shared a number of links with a colleague, Greg Climer, on cultural appropriation, and I should post them here as well; some I may have already done. We are years past a point where it’s appropriate or necessary to ‘use’ aspects of another culture as ‘inspiration’ in fashion design. As I’ve noted previously, I find the combination of the two words problematic in this context. Inspiration is thrownRead more

Fashion Interactions

On Monday Fashion Interactions will open at Parsons, followed by an opening reception on Friday November 15, 6-9pm. Fashion Interactions is a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores fashion culture by means of contemporary art, design and media. The exhibited works comment on the unsustainability of the fashion industry, analyze the relationship of fashion and corporeality, and investigate how people use clothes as tools for building their identities. Curated by Annamari Vänskä, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Fashion StudiesRead more