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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Kevyn

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Kevyn is a VIP/Personal Shopper for Prada. Scouted by Prada eleven years ago, he is a treasure-trove of talent and information and is well-respected and trusted among his clients. We spoke today about style and why finding your own personal fashion formula is essential to understanding what to wear

MKG: Can you describe the kind of customer you enjoy working with?

Kevyn: “I like working with a client who is sure of himself – someone who is willing to be altered and trusts me. Most people don’t know how to dress and someone may take advantage of that and tell them they look wonderful in something when they don’t. I don’t work that way. I want the person to feel confident in what s/he is wearing because I want her/him to come back. I have worked with some difficult people but I am able to earn their trust and the second time they come in, they love me! Continue reading

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