Tuesday, September 27, 2011

explorations in exhibiting fashion

Good website exploring alternative ways of displaying/viewing fashion. Pertinent to our selecting of sites and considering new formats! The blog focuses a lot on sustainability movements and questions facing designers today (independent curating etc). It also had stories on things many people liked in the class, victorian aesthetic movements, japanese textiles, the entire Alexander McQueen exhibit... keep scrolling, the links are really good!

I like this one because it showcases a lot of designers with related interests to the class; creating mystical landscapes, economics in fashion, asian-american/british identity issues in fashion... its a style blog but covers a lot of ground.

>Caroline, I thought of you when I saw these. Its by "The Lake and Stars" lingerie, and they discuss being scantily clad and it not being to impress a man, also I thought she created an alternative world in her display, which was something you hinted at...

THREADBARED: (**favorite blog**)
I'll let these girls tell it themselves, their website, facebook and twitter are all wealths of information. Its written by two Asian American females with a focus on race, economics, and the political implications of fashion. here;

"THREADBARED is an evolving collaboration between two clotheshorse academics to discuss the politics, aesthetics, histories, theories, cultures and subcultures that go by the names “fashion” and “beauty.” With commentary on how clothes matter, as well as book and exhibit reviews and interviews with scholars and artists, THREADBARED considers the critical importance of taking clothes –and the bodies that design, manufacture, disseminate, and wear them– seriously as an entry point into dialogue about the world around us."

and their blogroll, where I've found most of these sites:

I found these below very inspiring both in thinking about display and whats possible! enjoy.

Chinese Mask Changing:


tradition of silk mask changing.

Actor Ennio Marchetto, super character/campy but notable use of materials! gets a lot said with very little. I like the idea of constant metamorphosis.


And one totally ridiculous video in this transition theme. Pop TV clip of couple performing remarkable costume changes. again, anythings possible.



For Thea and those interested in the ghoulish and macabre

"Danse Macabre" a classic film from 1922 by Dudley Murphy and Francis Bruguiere from the Unseen Cimena compilation, Viva la Dance: The Beginnings of Cine Dance at the MRC.

ICA Show / Dance with Camera

We will be talking about the relationship of art and performance to fashion throughout the year. Two years ago, the ICA in Philadelphia mounted an exhibition that looked specifically at the 'framing' of movement/dance work by some contemporary artists. A number of our students, including Katie Coble, took great inspiration from this show.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Paris is Burning (1990)

This film documents the Black and Latino gay and transgender community and the ball culture in New York City in the mid to late 1980s. The film highlights several veteran drag queens, as well as rookies to the scene. This film is a testament to how we use clothing to identify and place ourselves in society.

The whole film is on youtube in parts. Definitely a must see if you haven't already. I am really drawn to and inspired by how fashion and ways of dressing are talked about in the film.


Via John Krynick for all of you!

BASKETS, I tell you! Baskets!

Giorgio di Sant'Angelo

Giorgio di Sant'Angelo (1933-1989), originally an architect and industrial designer, currently has a retrospective at the Phoenix Art Museum. I know no one can go to see it, but I feel his work is pertinent to the work we are doing. Here are a couple articles about the designer, as well as the exhibition.

Sant’ Angelo was known to say,
“I am not a fashion designer but an artist who works in fashion—an engineer of color and form.” His wide reach across design areas reflected his myriad of talents and viewpoint of fashion as a total lifestyle. He was among the first designers to encompass elements in home furnishings and environmental fragrances which are now industry standards. - Phoenix Art Museum


celebrity halloween costumes

thought this was pretty funny-

A few artists for share

I found these artists to be especially inspiring. They think outside of traditional ready wear clothing in an especially creative way. Both reference themes to do with youth and play while still maintaining sophistication and a fashion forward approach in their looks. The accessories are also pretty great- the large hats in Aggugini, the shoes and hair in Kirchoff

Kinder Aggugini - Spring/Summer 2010

Meadham Kirchoff - Spring/Summer 2012

This link on fetish trends i also found inspiring and thought it related to what others in the class are also interested in, motif/ style wise - the dark/beauty factor

Fetish Fashion Trends - autumn/winter 2011-2012


Issues of Responsibility

In my research I came across this website. It serves as a virtual hub, connecting to other websites, projects, news items and artists addressing sustainability, ethics and responsible production in fashion.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

RETURN to the Old Country / S205

Due to space limitations, the sculpture department needs to reclaim Room 104 for student worktime on Tuesday evenings. We will resume our meetings in Room 205.
See you there on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

For Jamie

Here's an article on the caddis fly pieces I was talking about, on the left of the page is a link to a video where you can watch the larvae building their cocoons. It's neat stuff.


Festival Barbaricino in Sardinia

I thought of you, Meagan - but you may all wish to look into this festival, part of the Carnival Traditions in Sardinia, Italy.

For Thea

The Work of Nikhil Chopra

Consider this artist's work in relationship to the issues addressed in this class:

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Johanna Blakley explains how the fashion world has no copyright protection and that its a good thing. I found it an inspiring look at fashion as a whole. (plus the comments are awesome, people like to say they hate fashion.)

this is Hirothajap, from NY, a DJ/composer/occasional costume designer/amazingly dressed person.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

The New Weird Generation

I came across this article, and thought it spoke to something a number of young artists have been adressing in their work and certainly is reflected in the video that Natalie posted:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cynthia Rowley 2012 Pop Up!

Thanks to 2011 MME Alumn Nolla Yuan for this great link!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

For Meagan

Christophe Coppens, the Belgian designer created this:

STRFKR - 'Bury us alive'

A friend of mine from Portland worked on the super cool costumes for this. Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Clowns for Naomi

Ashley Lloyd!

Lady Gaga was photographed by Vanity Fair wearing a hat by our very own MME Alumnus Ashley Lloyd ('09!) YEAH ASHLEY!!!

Konieczka / Medical Dystopia and Coilhouse

I mentioned the work of this Polish costumer/stylist/fashion photographer in class last week. Looking her up again also led me to Coilhouse, whose stated mission is to be 'a love letter to the alternative subculture.' I thought some of you might be interested in seeing this website as well (see here, an entry about Soviet Steampunk of the 1980s).

Christophe Coppens and Katie Eary

I had wanted to show you these two 'fashion videos' in class last week, but we ran out of time:

Christophe Coppens' website (He is a Belgian fashion designer) and

Katie Eary's collaboration with Dazed Digital's Fabien Kruszelnicki.

Sam Taylor Wood

Here is the Sam Taylor Wood video that Alexander McQueen referenced as a source of inspiration for his flower dress shown in class last week.

Dapper Q

Check out this website, DapperQ which addresses genderqueering and fashion.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


This piece is by Chanel. I love a the bold white graphic continuing throughout the whole body-on a really simple, form fitting garment. The jumpsuit seems to turn into a drawing.. This simple design paired with the bold pattern and sophisticated styling, as well as the over the top beaded jacket make this look really stunning.

-Naomi Davidoff

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

party monster baltimore

The club kids were mentioned in class yesterday -
just wanted to pass along that they will be HERE for Party Monster Baltimore: October 30. James St James + tons of the originals will make appearances.....and on halloween.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Fall Wedding

This is the wedding scene from the movie I was talking about earlier today. I love the movement of the actors, and how the characters wear bold colors that fight over dominance with the dress.



sacred geometry holy math
-megn jenign

Honestly I have no information as to where this came from, as it popped up on Tumblr, and we all know how unreliable the link-throughs can be for images there. This image is inspiring to me in the color palette (I love dark colors), the ethereal sort of demeanor of the model's skin color and shadowy lighting, the antique setting of the workshop/apothecary, and the Neo-Victorian outfit. The Victorian era and the subculture of Steampunk are both extremely interesting to me, and greatly influence my work.


Christina Kaputsos

A graduate of MICA's illustration department and a gifted, prolific artist at such a young age. She presented garments/costumes made of paper at one of the BSU shows a few years ago, and participated in the Steps to the Cure benefits, too. Visit her website for more examples of her work!

Faustin Linyekula

Check out the use of costume by this dance troupe from the Congo 


Erte is a huge inspiration to most of my work. I am particularly attracted to his use of volume and shape in not only the illustration, but in the garments he has made as well. his play between the garment and an attached headdress and mask keeps me intrigued, but not overwhelmed.

~Michela Reina