Technology Advances Fashion

The Yves Saint Laurent "Sardine" dress from the 1983 couture show that took 1,500 hours to complete

The Yves Saint Laurent “Sardine” dress from the 1983 couture show that took 1,500 hours to complete

I use so many processes in my work – some that involve the hand and some that involve the machine. For me, mixing the hand and the machine give the best results. I don’t think the hand or the machine have any use or value on their own. What matters is the form in relationship with the idea.” ~ Miuccia Prada 

In a way, the hand is being lost today. It’s important to me that a piece of clothing always feels like it has been touched by the hand at some point, even if there’s a lot of machine work involved.” ~ Sarah Burton

With just a week before it closed, I explored the exhibit at the Met: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” I was extra lucky to experience it with costume designer and new friend, Katherine Winter, who has shared her story on TFIO. To see it through Katherine’s eyes, with her love of fabric and texture and construction, made this experience even more meaningful for me. Continue reading

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Madonna’s one-time fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, has been sighted in Brooklyn!

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum: "Ribbon corset - close up"

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum: “Ribbon corset – close up”

Ingrid Steffenson, a guest contributor to TFIO, recently visited, “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” at The Brooklyn Museum, which runs from October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014. Here is Ingrid’s commentary …

Remember Madonna’s trashy underwear-as-outerwear ensembles during her Blond Ambition World Tour in the early 90s? Growing up in rural central Pennsylvania, Continue reading

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The beauty of fashion’s authentic eccentric, Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow, photographed in 1996 - Photo credit Sean Ellis

Isabella Blow, photographed in 1996 – Photo credit Sean Ellis

Isabella Blow, was an English magazine editor, muse to British hat designer, Philip Treacy, and mentor to fashion designers like Alexander McQueen. She is now the subject of a new exhibit, “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!” at Somerset House in London. In yesterday’s New York Times Style Magazine article, Extraordinary People, Andrew O’Hagan explores her life as a true eccentric. She is not the only one:

True eccentrics – the Isabella Blows, the Vivienne Westwoods, the Anna Piaggis and the Stephen Tennants, as if there could ever be more than one of each – are the kind of people whose entire existence is devoted to individuality and innovation. That’s what makes a real eccentric; they really mean it, and they’re willing to suffer for it. Their social function is to explode our preconceptions about what beauty is and what good taste means. Eccentrics raise the bar on the impossible.” ~ Andrew O’Hagan

I ask myself what it means to be so brave in your fashion choices that your style is not about standing out for standing out sake, but more about the reality that you have no other choice but to break the rules. You are simply following your heart. Food for thought for a Monday morning!

 

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Limsanity!

Playing in my Phillip Lim for Target BOOM! top

Playing in my 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target BOOM! top

I was there two years ago for the Missoni for Target collaboration. It was a wild scene … women squeezing into kids’ sizes hoping they would fit, people grabbing whatever they could and hoarding the rest, sometimes not even bothering to check sizes, grabbing leftovers from the fitting rooms, and the Target online website crashing with the unexpected influx of orders. All for the name Missoni, because there is no one like Missoni. And yesterday, September 15th, it happened again. This time the designer was 3.1 Phillip Lim and although it may not have been quite as crazy it came very close. The website didn’t crash but certain items sold out quickly, especially the handbags.

When the doors opened at 8:00 there were already people waiting to get in. The handbags went first and you were out of luck by 8:30/9:00 if you wanted one. One would ask, why? Continue reading

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