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.…

Shoes

Shoes

3-D printing!   The 3 -D printed shoe! Made from Nylon. Lightweight and strong. A new industrial revolution may be on the way. The printing of products and clothing has the potential to transform manufacturing because it lowers costs and risks. No longer does a producer have to make thousands of items to recover fixed costs. Mass -manufacturing identical items may not be necessary, as 3-D printing makes customization possible.…

Minimalism in Fashion

Minimalism in Fashion

Minimalism describes various movements in art, design,literature, music and philosophy. It is also a field in architecture, interior and fashion. The roots of minimalism in fashion start with Madeleine Vionnet and Paul Poiret in the early part of the 20th century, then goes to the influence of Constructivist painting on André Courrèges, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent in the 1960’s and exists until today. However the term wasn’t much…