Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"Your beliefs in the nature of strength, endurance and gravity will not hold. In fact, they will be defied. And every time you think, 'Whoa, how the hell did they do that?' they will take it further."Dance InsiderSharela Bonfield
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This 'Making Of' video showcases a project that started over two years ago generating dynamic textiles made from liquid, air and vapor. 1.2 kilometres of transparent plumbing tubing was knitted with fishing wire to skin Robyn's body. 40 litres of glycerol pumps through over a kilometre of tube, powered by drill pumps that connect to valves releasing air intermittently between the liquid. Gradient colors pulse through the tubes at different speeds, the effect is a living, breathing dynamic skin that traverses the landscape of the body.
CHECK OUT her new song!! http://www.robyn.com/killingme/
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
I STARTED IMAGINING CLOTHES THE SAME WAY I STARTED CREATING IMAGES: WITH A SENSE OF CURIOSITY AND INNOCENCE DRIVEN BY MY NO-BACKGROUND BACKGROUND. NO SCHOOL. NO TEACHERS. NO TELLY. NO BOUNDARIES. NO FORMATTING. I LIKE THE IDEA OF A WORLD THAT WE COULD LIVE AND SHAPE BY OURSELVES, ONLY BY OBSERVING. EACH OUR OWN. MY CLOTHES HAVE ERUPTED FROM THIS WORLD OF MINE. THEY ARE ASEXUAL, ASEASONAL, THEY COME FROM NO PLACE, NO TIME, NO TRADITION, YET THEY COULD BE HOME ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. THEY EXUDE A SENSE OF DISCREET CHIC, THE ESSENCE OF TIMELESS STYLE, DRAWN ON A MONOCHROMATIC AND GRAPHICAL CANVAS. PALETTE OF BLACKS, TOUCHES OF PURE WHITES AND INTENSE GRAYS. SOPHISTICATED UNISEX MODERN CLASSICS FOR ANTI-CONFORMIST INDIVIDUALS." - Rad Hourani
Rad Hourani reinvents fashion by transcending its conventions, creating a unisex luxury that is changing women’s and men’s wardrobes since he launched his namesake label in 2007 in Paris. Like all truly great visionnaires, Hourani not only depicts fashion, he defines it, and gives it cultural resonance. Gender-agnosticism is the driving conceptual direction in Rad Hourani's work, and growing up and living in such different parts of the world has certainly contributed to Hourani’s rather holistic design approach: self-tought and driven by a passion for modernity, Hourani creates a luxurious yet affordable lifestyle that has rid itself of any conventional restrictions : no gender, no season, no rules, epitomising the values of freedom and unisex elegance.
see the clothes in context here
Saturday, November 13, 2010
A little gay pride:
A little Hussein Chalayan reference:
A little cultural insensitivity:
Jacob, that head piece reminds me of someone:
You just guess who would make the lingerie post.
Friday, November 12, 2010
There is a brief article Here
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Artist Anouk Wipprecht is interested in creating garments which redesign themselves and considers her work a collaboration with technology. In this dress she has dress made out of felt and a neck piece which drips ink and leaves the resulting stains to chance.
More info here & here
Early footage of a Charity Fashion Parade from 1923:
THE GRAND PARADE
Here we see the Ziegfield walk used by the models descending the stairway in this 1929 Fashion Show:
and this sequence from the Gold Diggers of 1935:
The mash-up of entertainment, dance and fashion was also evident in the runway shows of Mary Quant, that resemble parties.
MARY QUANT FASHIONS IN AUSTRALIA.
A similar format is evident in this London Fashion show from 1966:
ALL THE GEAR CARNABY STYLE
It is fascinating to think about what elements of the fashion show remain constant, and define it as a performance format distinct from other genres.
In the 1980s and 90s, music video and celebrity culture, including the rise of the "supermodel", affected the format of the fashion show, and the other way around.
A video montage of iconic moments from Alexander McQueen shows certainly illustrates the evolution of the fashion show into an event that some might dismiss as the ultimate commercial spectacle, while others hail it as the medium's transcendence of the commercial to the realm of theater and performance.
Alexander McQueen's "Please Sur" (2007)
Alexander McQueen's "Scanners" (2003)
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Rest of the photos and more here : LIFE in the Laboratory
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
A few quotes I came across in the show:
"I really don't want to wear clothes made from someone else's despair." - Ali Hewson, founder of EDUN
People now "want things that are made well, that are made in a conscious way, that have long-term values, that are beautiful." - Julie Gilhart, fashion director for Barneys, NY.
Very little information can be found on this group of women of West Virginia who formed a quilting cooperative and caught the attention of the fashion and decorating world. (They won a prestigious fashion award in 1972 and sold their wares in NY boutiques.) In the photo below, Sharon Rockefeller, then the first lady of West Virginia and a supporter of the Mountain Artisans, wears the patchwork "hostess" skirt that she helped to popularize.