Sunday, October 31, 2010

hmm... plants

Carmel Walsh, Carmel Walsh, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, eco-friendly shoes, sustainable shoes, green shoes, plant shoes, art shoes
Check this out:


Saturday, October 30, 2010

House of Dangerkat!

These videos are pretty awwesome just wanted to share!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kanye West: Runaway

This is Kanye's new video project in which he makes a 34 min short film. I thought it was interesting because of the costuming and role of the phoenix-like female figure.


The Modern Circus

These videos are examples of the circus and burlesque world combining with fabulous, glamorous results.

Baltimore's own Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey and the current Miss Exotic World, Roxi D'Lite. I was trying to find Trixie's Flea Circus act, but it doesn't appear to be online anywhere.


Trixie and Monkey:

<3 Sarah

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Human Slinky

Doug Jones

Here is the actor I was talking about in tonight's class. Doug Jones seems to be Guillermo del Toro's go-to guy for portraying non-human characters. This is an interview with Doug Jones about his two roles in Pan's Labyrinth and while it doesn't really show him moving in the costume, it gives insight into his mindset and process.

You should look him up on imdb but another inhuman character he portrays well is Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies (also directed by del Toro). Maybe there are some youtube video compilations of these characters.

He's a good example of utilizing the costume/garment to its fullest potential.


whip my hair by willow smith

i'm sure many of you might have seen this....
i wanted to post it here again.
will & jada pinkett smith's daughter willow smith, she's simply more amazing and doper than any grown men and women out there and pulling out her crazy outfits so goood!!

i LOVE watching music videos and lookin at the artists' wardrobes
check out her video!! willow whippin it up... literally!

stacie b

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Canned goods...... instant outfit in a can.
i think this can be rock-able if more stylized with other things like accessories...

Stacie B

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Alexandrea Vershueren

Hey just wanted to post some garments from the grad student Alexandrea Vershueren. Her work is really interesting and i just wanted dot share a a few pics from her collection. You can look at her work on other grad students work on



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The Uncanny Vally is in Japan


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Little Doe Crossover

Check out this snippet in the NYT style section about Chase Cohl, singer songwriter turned accessories designer at the Littledoe label.

Paris is Burning

The film, Paris is Burning may be of interest to some of you, and is certainly pertinent to our class, exploring the relationships between subcultural phenomena, fashion, performance and dance.

"Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African AmericanLatino gay and transgender community involved in it... The film explores the elaborately-structured Ball competitions in which contestants, adhering to a very specific category or theme, must "walk" (much like a fashion model's runway) and subsequently be judged on criteria including the "realness" of their drag, the beauty of their clothing and their dancing ability." (from Wikipedia)

Trajal Harrell

Trajal Harrell is a contemporary curator and choreographer, who is currently curating projects at Danspace (see post below). His work also touches on themes discussed in this class, including the overlap between contemporary dance, performance, art and fashion. In this project from last year, “Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (S)” Harrell poses the question, “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?” The work "becomes an entry point into much larger meditations on how all of us perform — sometimes reinforcing, sometimes subverting — the big shifting categories of gender, sexuality and race....In other words, how we unveil and camouflage the self." For a full version of the article, visit here. 

Is the performer the object or the object the performer?

From a review in the NYT
Beginning Sept. 22 Danspace Project offers another important destination for dance and performance with a new installment of its Platform series featuring works selected by a guest curator. In the latest, which runs nearly six weeks, Trajal Harrell proposes “certain difficulties, certain joy,” a search for joy in experimental dance, which on the surface might not necessarily exude bliss. Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, for instance, explore extinction and rebirth in “Sylphides” while wearing sensory-deprivation body bags. The series, which strives to build context around art and the world in which it is created, provides another way of upending the notion of dance as a traditional choreographic endeavor.  

Heels on Wheels

This New York Times article captures the biking craze inspired by the European carefree cycling born from places with bikelanes and alert motorists!


Deborah Lloyd, creative director of Kate Spade, and Zainab Salbi, who founded Women for Women International (WfWI) have been collaborating to help female survivors of war rebuild their lives. "WfWI takes a holistic approach: educating women about their legal and reproductive rights and providing psychological counseling, job-skills training, and microcredit loans." Kate Spade, the accessory-and apparelmaker, contracted with a WfWI micro-credit and jobs program in Bosnia and Herzegovina to make mittens, hats, and scarves.

Visit this link for more information about this project.

Fellini's Roma

A scene from Fellini's Roma that I mentioned to Jacob, but that I thought all of you might find interesting:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Jim Drain

I came across the work of Jim Dine on Miranda July's blog. For a review and a look at more of his work, from sculpture to wearables, look here:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

GUCCI rag video and recent ads

Here's a link to a performance of T.I.'s "Gucci Rag" performance that we talked about in class, as well as a recent advertisement for the company emphasizing the tradition of artisans involved in hand crafting these luxury leather goods.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

LINKS to Designer videos and websites

Please add your relevant hyperlinks under your designer/topic (embedded in the text, if possible.)



Hussein Chalayan
Hussein Chalayan

Rei Kawakubo

Issey Miyake


Alexander McQueen

Viktor & Rolf

"If I wanted to do just the commercial side of fashion, I didn’t need to go to an art
school. [the education at Middlesex] was all about making, designing, presenting, and displaying.” -Brian Kirkby, Boudicca

Nick Cave

Club Kids
The different club kids interviews:
Joan Rivers
Donahue; part: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Vivien Westwood

Russell Simmons/Hip Hop

J Morgan Puett
link to her website

Friday, October 1, 2010

Costume and Fashion

There is a short article on the Costume Designers Guild website entitled "The Relationship Between Costume and Fashion Design".
There is some pontification and then they provide three high level film costume designers opinions on the matter. Here are a few quotes:

"I believe a Costume Designer's job is to visually tell the story, without the costume becoming the story... while in fashion, the costume is the story." -Michael Dennison

"Voraciously pouring over uploaded personal snapshots and research books, Larlarb informs her design with details from real life. She considers costume design more than providing wardrobe, she believes it 'actually fleshes out the character's behavior.'"

"The Oxford English Dictionary defines costume as "A set of clothes in a style typical of a particular country or historical period," while fashion is described as "A popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior." To put it another way, fashion reflects the current vogue in clothing, and costume uses clothing to evoke a personality to support a plot. For the most part, the purposes of the two mediums differ; fashion is motivated by commerce, while costumes are designed for an actor in a specific role, not for public consumption."