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01 Aug 2011
The Language of Gender

Topshop Website, July 2011. The fashion media has a way of sensationalising trends - everything with a scrap of colour...

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06 Jul 2011
Alternatives to the Standard Mens Suit by Yamamoto and Owens

From the Spring-Summer 2012 Menswear collection of Yohji Yamamoto (Left) and Rick Owens (Right), Paris. While many of the menswear...

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05 Jul 2011
The Secret Life of The Sewing Machine

“The Secret Life of the Sewing Machine”, video still. Watch the video below for an amazing explanation of the inner...

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06 Jun 2011
Theatre de la Mode

Théâtre de la Mode Dolls displaying the latest fashion from 1940s Paris. Sometimes we take it for granted that we...

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Fashion by Numbers: Range Planning | The Cutting Class. Rick Owens AW11, fur hoods and long gloves.
13 May 2011
Fashion by Numbers: Range Planning

Rick Owens, AW11, Paris. There are times when you look at the catwalk collections and the sheer volume of garments...

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06 May 2011
Miniature Couture

Dress and Jacket by Dior, Quarter Scale Couture, ca 1950.  The images above and below show some amazing quarter-scale replicas of...

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22 Apr 2011
Balenciaga Hats from the 1960s

The Metropolitan Museum of Art online collection houses such hidden gems as these amazing Balenciaga hats from the 1960s. Interestingly...

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12 Apr 2011
Technical Drawings: The Missing Link between Vision and Reality

Fashion Illustrations by René Gruau. When designers are profiled there are two classic settings in which we usually find them....

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06 Apr 2011
Pleats: McCartney, Miyake and Fortuny

Stella McCartney, AW11, Paris. In the recent Stella McCartney collection, there were some beautifully pleated garments that were reminiscent of...

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05 Apr 2011
Fabrics and Textiles: The Connotations of Fur

Céline, AW11, Paris. Of all the fabrics that are used for fashion collections, animal fur is surely the most politicised...

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