New Natural Material – ZELFO

New Natural Material – ZELFO

The Peanut Chair is produced from Zelfo, and was created by Austrian design studio, Fuerst/Bartosch, without the use of glues and toxins present in traditional chair manufacturing. Using a process similar to how plant cell walls function, Zelfo mimics a natural, durable design. Elise Gabriel, a young French designer, has experienced Zelfo ®. It is a new material made from cellulose ( plant ) fibers. Zelfo processed materials are self binding…

Wearable Technology

Wearable Technology

Over the years more and more people have become interested in the ever -expanding field of wearable technology. The fascination for the potential combination of technology and textiles/fashion attracts designers and scientists. The word ‘wearable tech’ may conjure up images of Robo Cop-esque suits, so some designers are hoping to introduce high-tech fashion that’s accessible to the average shopper. Wearable gadgets and garments are currently not ready to wear, but…

Tyvek Reinvented

Tyvek Reinvented

Sylvia Heisel is a New York based designer who experiments with advanced tech materials such as Tyvek®, a high-density polyethylene most commonly used in home construction and overnight envelopes. CTF3®, a non -woven fabric constructed from PVF film and Dyneema®, Eco-fi felt and Polartec® made from 100% certified recycled plastic PET bottles, and reflective fabric made from tiny glass beads made by 3M. Sylvia’s statement on FUTURE FASHION: fashion isn’t going to look different – it’s…

Growing Your Own Garments

Growing Your Own Garments

BioCouture  is pioneering a biodesign and manufacture future for fashion, sportswear and luxury brands. Founded by Suzanne Lee in 2003, the BioCouture atelier has explored the use of living cultures of microorganisms (yeast and bacteria) to grow biomaterials like cellulose into sustainable, compostable clothing. BioCouture has recently evolved into a consultancy, building partnerships with emerging biomaterial producers to speculate and shape the future of grown consumer products. The BioCouture atelier…

Embroidery

Embroidery

Embroidery is a true art form. It has enhanced our civilization making it aware of the beauty that can be created while ‘painting’a story on a fabric with the help of a needle and thread. Like a painting, embroidery reflects intellectual, psychological, traditional and national trends. The art of embroidery has been practiced for thousands of years all over the world. The primary function of embroidery was to decorate textiles. It…

Costumes in Film

Costumes in Film

In the early years of filmmaking  (1900-1910) there was nothing such as a costume department. Actresses and actors provided most of their own gowns. Actors who had many wardrobes on their own were the ones who received more parts than others who had not. Producer Adolph Zukor introduced Americans in1912 to the concept of the film costume designer. Paul Poiret was the first couture designer who had designed the costumes…

History of  DENIM

History of DENIM

No other article of clothing has been such a source of inspiration and fascination as jeans. Originally being just simple blue work pants they survived every fashion trend and today have a cultlike status. The word ‘jeans’ comes from the French phrase ‘bleu de Genes’ meaning ‘the blue of Genoa’. The denim fabric originated in the French town of Nimes and owes its name to the location, which was quickly known…

3D Printed Fashion

3D Printed Fashion

The Biomimicry Shoe The “Biomimicry shoe” is a 3D printed shoe made from 100% nylon/polyamide. It is the result of a unique collaboration between Dutch fashion designer Marieka Ratsma and American architect Kostika Spaho. It highlights the shape of the bird skull, along with the characteristics of the lightweight bone structure within the cranium. Such a structure requires less support material, resulting in optimal efficiency, strength and elegance. The shoe…

Playful Faux Fur

Playful Faux Fur

It’s the latest emerging colorful trend for the directional youth market. It was picked up on the streets of Tokyo and designers like Gaultier, Mugler,  Meadham Kirchhoff  and Astrid Andersen used vibrant and playful patterns to turn for example bomber jackets into an exciting piece of wearable art. Mixed faux fur textures and furry placement graphics combined with varsity numbers and abstract patchwork and stripes were the hit at London…

Pleats

Pleats

Already in ancient Egypt textiles were pleated. Plisse style pleats were even found in Viking graves in Sweden as far back as 10 B.C. In 1907 Mariano Fortuny, mastermind of the pleated fabric, developed an innovative pleating process for silks. The famous ‘Delphos Gown’ was a finely pleated silk dress and wasn’t corseted. The silhouette resembles the lines of an ancient chiton. He reinvented rather than replicated a Hellenic Style.…