Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Isabelle de Borchgrave

A new book, "pulp Fashion" appeared on the shelves of the Decker library about the artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, who has created a series of paper 'simulacras' of historic garments. I thought you all might be interested and was thinking of Ariell in particular.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Lubberland Dance Company / Caroline

A Friday night performance series at Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, VT.

Bread & Puppet 2008, Insurrection Mass - 1st clip by foumonde

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mara Hoffman

For Caroline

This is the designer Mara Hoffman. I personally enjoy her use of patterns and styling for swimsuits. The first picture is not her work, I think she just used it as an inspiration for makeup. 


Monday, November 21, 2011

Vibskov & Emenius

vibskov emenius fringe projects from traffic on Vimeo.

Vibskov & Emenius

I found this while exploring some blogs. Enjoy!

Inspiration -Stephanie


Radiohead- The Gloaming

Movement: Not sure what movement or choreography yet but here are some video's I've been looking at.


Brent Holland, Underwater Dance Troupe

for Naomi (again). and anyone else interested.

via tumblr. (I really need to get off this website...)

for Naomi and her "butt pillows" :P


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Strange Alice in Wonderland music vid

I remember watching this as a kid and being really freaked out, but there are some fun costumes and performance work that may inspire someone!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Awesome creepy music for Thea (or whoever)

Via John Krynick for all of you!

The Theyyam or Theyyattam is a popular ritual dance of North Kerala, particularly now found in the traditional Kolathunadu, of the present Kannur and Kasargode districts. As a living cult with centuries old traditions, ritual and custom, it embraces almost all castes and classes of Hindu religion in this region. The term Theyyam is a corrupt form of daivam or God. It is a rare combination of dance and music and reflects important features of a tribal culture.

Inspiration (Natalie)

Music options:

Inspiration for movement:

Graphic Designer Candidate Websites:

Irem Cetinor:

Nicolas Kubail:

Alex Dougherty:

So exciting!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Grayson Perry

How it is possible that I did not know about the work of Grayson Perry before today!?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chocolate Costumes - Hakan Martensson

My sister sent me this link to chocolate costumes done by chocolate sculptor Hakan Martensson for the New York Chocolate Show. The above is just one of the examples, click on the link for more information!

his website:


Italian designer Antonio Marras for Kenzo / Spring/summer 2011 show at Paris Fashion Week

These seem to evoke various national dress traditions
(Women in Cusco, Peru)

(cholitas of bolivia/contemporary)
(Mohammedan woman, Bulgaria)

(Westphalia, Germany)
(Spreewald, Northern Germany)

(Mari, Estonia and Finland)
(Hohlstein, Germany)

and of course of Yves Saint Laurent's Wedding Dress:

Great Exhibition

The exhibition ART FASHION IDENTITY at the Royal Academy examines how artists and designers use clothing as a mechanism to communicate and reveal elements of our identity.

On this site I found the intriguing work of Azra Aksamja.

Charlie le Mindu for Megan

Artistic Intervention on the Runway

Alicia Framis presents her most recent work, the majority of which was prepared in Shanghai, where she currently lives and works. As in the case of Not For Sale (2007) for Madrid Abierto, Framis' projects are always related to society and directly influenced by the reality that surrounds her and her immediate environment. Using elements of fashion design, popular culture and architecture, Not For Sale (2007) reflects that reality.

Not For Sale is a work in progress that analyses the situation of children who are sold all over the world. The project began in the city of Bangkok, Thailand, where Framis produced a first portrait of a naked chets child but a necklace that read "not for sale."

OTHER fascinating projects by this Spanish artist living in Berlin include:

Lost Astronaut - an ongoing performance-installation exploring the potentialities of living on the moon through the ironical and fictional character and activities of a woman astronaut. Left on Earth like all women who were never part of the moon race, she settles in to BaseCamp, in which she will live for the 2 weeks of the biennial in a customized astronaut suit, among drawings and prototypes that aim to both parody and demand women's presence on the moon. Her activities will be pre-determined by scores written by invited authors and artists, and the audience will be able to interact with her in BaseCamp or as she wanders the streets of New York City.

Anti-Dog - A collection designed by Alicia Framis to make women — especially coloured ones — feel protected in dangerous neighbourhoods inhabited by skinheads, their dogs and other kinds of aggressors. The fist collection of this social art piece was composed of 23 dresses produced in a bullet-resistant and stab-proof fabric called Twaron in order to enable women to fend off aggression. The dresses are based on famous designs by Chanel, Dior, Courrèges, Gaultier,Hussein Chalayan, Karen Park-Goude. The classic styling and the golden fabric give the garments a kind of luxurious appeal.

For Antonina

Sharif Waked's Check Point Chic (2003) - check it out!

Stephen Jones - HATS at the V&A

Greetings All - Stephen Jones, the millinery, as recently featured in an exhibition at the V&A. On their website, the museum has produced and included some great videos about the milliner's process. See here.

Some great accompanying images can be seen at the Show Studio site.

Thom Browne Spring 2012

We discussed this in class, but here is footage from Thom Brown's show at the NYC Public Library this fall:

Thom Browne Womenswear Spring Summer 2012 from POP BOP and SNAP on Vimeo.

Here is a link to some good images of a Browne show covered in Paper Mag that reminded me of the ecclesiastical scene in Fellini's Roma.

McQueen Shows

If you are unfamiliar with them, please take time to watch some of Alexander McQueen's shows. His website contains an extensive archive for the last decade. I have selected a handful that I would like to ask you to view, if you have not already done so on your own.

BBC segment about VOSS 2001

I provided you with the reading "The Greatest Show on Earth" on the Moodle. Please read this in the next couple of weeks (in evaluations in past classes, students have cited this as an engaging and helpful reading.)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kate Hartman: The Art of Wearable Communication (Ted Talk)

Thought this was particularly interesting, especially after our conversations yesterday about (the importance of) communication within group projects.

Nifty paper wigs

Beautiful Paper wigs and masks by Nikki Salk and Amy Flurry


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Christian LaCroix: From Catwalk to Stage

A New York Times article and images about Christian Lacroix's 'coutoure' designs for the National Opera in Paris..

“I was often accused — when people did not like my work — of doing couture that was too ‘theatrical,”’ said the designer. “Yet when I was a child, I never thought about fashion but only about making costumes.”

“We are working to create emotion for the thousands of spectators who come to see the performance,” Mr. Lacroix says. “And also to help the dancers, actors or singers to get inside their characters as comfortably as possible. And once they are in costume, they have to forget all about what they are wearing.”

Fashion Show Videos / Films

and here is the link to British Pathe and an archive of fantastic film archives of fashion shows throughout the 20 century.

Photographers and Videographers

Studio Photographers

Jess Marx

Stereo Vision Photography
Carlo & Elise Pizzaro

Brea Shaw (both studio and event)

Event Photographers

Eric Helgas

Kristina DeSantis (potentially also studio)

Tommy Bruce
Show up in Basement of Main, Tumblr

Matt Thompson


Paul Slupski & Brian Agamie

Steve Shaw

Dave Shapiro

Monday, November 7, 2011

Amazing Resource: V&A Museum Online Collections

Images of Dan Leno, a variety show 'dame', Charlie Keith, a victorian era circus performer in England, and an animal impersonator in 'cat drag'! Lastly, a video interview with the designer of one of Dame Edna's costumes!

For more visit the website here