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

Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham

I am thrilled to be a keynote speaker at this conference next year, on the late Dorothy Burnham at her ‘home’, the Royal Ontario Museum. Discovering Cut My Cote was such a validating moment for me during my PhD (thank you both Kathleen Fasanella and Dr Alexandra Palmer for pointing me to it) – to find someone who had been thinking about the same issues decades earlier, albeit in a different context. As with the Fashion Doctors lecture at ROMRead more

ZWFD at BF+DA Book Fair

On Sunday April 10th I will be joining an incredible panel of authors during a one-day book fair at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator to represent Holly and I with Zero Waste Fashion Design. I will have some copies to sell at the RRP $59.95; I will accept payment in cash and through Paypal. The BF+DA are giving away a copy of our book to one person who responds to their survey, so please take the survey! Location: BF+DA,Read more

Slow Down! We are Creative!

The following is an edited and revised outline of my keynote lecture that opened the Creative Cut conference at the University of Huddersfield on February 24th, 2016. Good morning. Thank you Kevin Almond and the University of Huddersfield for the invitation to speak at this conference. Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a privilege to be with you. I am not the first to declare that fashion is in crisis. For more than a decade myRead more

Recap: Holly McQuillan at Parsons School of Design

Thank you everyone who came to the book talk on Thursday night; it was a packed house and Holly and I really appreciate it! Amazon now lists our book as the #1 release in Fashion and Textile Business so thank you to all who have purchased the book! Feedback is already coming our way and we welcome all of it. On Friday and Saturday Holly led a two-day workshop on zero waste fashion design with School of Fashion faculty atRead more

Zero Waste Fashion Design

The book Zero Waste Fashion Design is now out in the UK and will be released in the rest of the world in January. My awesome co-author, Holly McQuillan, and I, will do an event together in New York in February – stay tuned. We will also be at the Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting hosted by the University of Huddersfield, also in February. All feedback welcome! The book is available directly from Bloomsbury as well as Amazon.Read more

Call for Papers: Creative Pattern Cutting 2016

I look forward to seeing you in Huddersfield in February 2016! MLS Pajamas by Timo Rissanen, 2011. Photograph by Mariano Garcia of iloveshoot The second international conference is designed to promote contemporary research into the art of creative pattern cutting and its significance to the fashion industry. The conference provides a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting. The conference aims to: Encourage discussion of new methods andRead 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