Monday, October 31, 2011

Phantom Limb's Production

An up and coming puppet company in new york presents their latest work 69 South, about the failed Shackleton expedition to Antarctica, reviewed in the New York Times this past weekend.

Renata Moreales

Costume for the Superhero Fashion Show to benefit 826NYC (an after school writing program.)
And some examples of styling in photo shoots and shows (headdresses!!) by Renata Moreales.

Christian Joy!

Check out Christian Joy's website here! (He designed many costumes for Karen O!)

Is Race Refleted by Your Outfit? article on NY times

heres the article from last week!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Kicks!

via Aaron about biodegradable, award winning sneakers from company


RUN DON'T WALK to Nadine Byrne !

Nienke Klunder

Explorations of transformation, identity, fear and anxiety through clothing, gesture and costume. The format is also one to ponder - portraits in a series...for a more complete sense of the transformations visit Nienke Klunder.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Color of Pomegranates

I found Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates (1968) particularly inspiring, the link is to the whole movie which you can find on youtube. Amazing film, and great ideas for performance... y'all should watch it!


Caroline, Jamie, might be interested the work of this artist, Mary Mattingly.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Life and Death of Maria Abramovicz

Images from the production of The Life and Death of Marina Abramovicz, directed by Robert Wilson, and starring Abramovicz, Antony Hegarty and Willem DeFoe.

Las Agencias Pret a Revolter

is a line of clothes and equipment, designed for use in protest and direct action.
The clothes are desinged in civil disobedience workshops where the political necessities of direct action are put into the form of jackets and pants.
The line has two objectives. On one hand it gives material answers to the needs of people practicing direct action, civil and social disobedience. On the other hand it tries to answer the needs of "direct representation", that being the construction of the activist's image by the activist.
That meaning not only his/her immediate image (how an activist personally looks), but also how they are represented in the mass media.
We, personally don't have high hopes for said media's good intentions.
Thus the Pret-a-Revolter was concocted as an ambush of sorts, for them.
It was designed as a preemptive media strike, anticipating the media's tendency to criminalize any form of political antagonism.
It is important for us that the equipment produced is appropriable and transformable by the user.
That way it is adaptable for the necessities and concrete situation of different actions.

Suited for Subversion

"Suited for Subversion is a project to create a suit that protects the wearer at large-scale street protests. The suit also monitors the wearer's pulse and projects an amplified heartbeat out of a speaker in the chest of the suit.

I designed and fabricated the first prototype of the suit as part of my Masters Degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. The project draws on my work as an activist involved in street demonstrations in New York, and is influenced by the work of other activists and demonstrators who wear protective clothing and make creative use of tools and technologies for protest.

Of particular influence are the 'white' or ‘white overall’ tactics of the Ya Basta, WOMBLES, or the Tutti bianche, who wear white protective-wear to protests. Like the Pret a revolter clothing line produced by my friends Las Agencias, and pictured below, centre, my suit fuses white tactics with more playful, carnivalesque, or 'pink' tactics. As much as my suit is armour, it is also disarming; as much provocation as protection."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Project facade

I was speaking with Dennis Issac, Faculty member in the Fiber Department, last night about his really amazing and very touching work with veterans as part of his job as a master pattern maker at Under Armour. I mentioned a Smithsonian article I had read about Anna Coleman Ladd, a young woman sculptor who, moved by the tragedies of disfigured soldiers returning from WWI, dedicated herself to working on tin masks these men could wear in order to be able to integrate back into society and their families a little bit more. In searching for the article, I came across this work "Project Facade" that I thought a few of you might find very interesting.


The work of Kim Ye

Friday, October 21, 2011

For Thea

When I stumbles across this piece by the japanese fashion design house Nechia, I was reminded of prior research into the origins of Hussar military jackets, which many theorize were abstractions of the skeleton, intended to create fear and horror in the opponent on the battle field. Following the image of a British Hussar is a photo of a body-paint tradition in the Mount Hagen region of Papua New Guinea.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


On the topic of inspiration versus appropriation and exploitation in fashion, this news item from

Click here for the open letter to the corporation, posted on Racialicious.

Monday, October 17, 2011


william burroughs appeared at occupy wall street this morning with a half a dozen racks of suits and ties and a group of tailors and barbers. they measured occupiers for suits and fitted them, doing alterations on the spot. for more pictures of this INGENIOUS action, visit this link.

Friday, October 14, 2011

How to be a Retronaut

Rare color photos of 1940s and 50s circus showgirls! and a great website to visit here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bizarre shoes

Shoes by Kobi Levi, Lady Gaga's shoe designer.

jean paul gaultier, gareth pugh, and walter van beirendonck links

Here are the links from our presentation for yall to look at if you're interested!

room tour-
mannequins in montreal-
spring 2012-

video collaboration-
video collaboration 2-
performance in reaction to his work-
spring 2012 collection-

WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK: (collaboration) (2010 collection)

-Anna and Kate

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Viktor And Rolf

Blue Boy

A theater production in development, Blue Boy addresses abuses in the Catholic Church through powerful visual metaphors involving masking. Unrelated to subject matter, I thought some of you might be intrigued by the handling of the children's faces in the production. View a clip here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Natalie Miebach (for Jamie, Caroline, and Stephanie)

Check out the work of Natalie Miebach, including her wearable baskets here.

For Naomi (and maybe also Kelsey!)

I was looking for some more examples of Russian Constructivist set design in thinking of your work in class.
I came across a page of films that relate to the kind of retro futurism we talked about in class last week. Along the way I came across a website that explores movement (and uses Monty Python as a hilarious example.) Again, not that this is directly what you are working towards, but just some dynamics to consider as you explore your characters.