In our Workshop No.16, Frances Cowper shares her techniques for unlocking the secrets of pattern taking without harming the original garment.
In the photo, a 1950s dress, a much loved garment of the owner, is recreated in paper using an unique but simple system.
The ownership of style is given a new lease of life by giving people the skills to recreate their favourite garments at the point the original becomes threadbare.
Women who know what suits them, reinforced by the response they’ve had when clothed in a favourite garment, can now extend the garment’s life and its positive affect on their lives by creating new versions of it for themselves.
This marked an overriding motivation, joy and excitement expressed at the end of our first Slow Fashion Masterclass.
I have a spare ticket for a visit to the Gobelins in Paris to see where Chevreul worked on the historic The Law of Simultaneous Colour Contrast (1837)that changed and informed the European concept of colour forever.
An invitation to add to a growing collection of material stories.
Inspired by Charles Darwin’s nephew, George Darwin’s 1872 paper “Development in Dress”, this online collection is part of a research project to create “biographies in dress” where clothes are read as biographies of gender, social climate, biological development, geographic location, personal change and cultural evolution.
Please hashtag images of cherished garments with #FashionAutobiography on social media with details of age at wearing, description of the garment, geographic location, year and top 3 reasons for wearing it that day/that year. Thank you!
The Nabis saw their work as a bold new interpretation of their world rather than a revolution against tradition. This bold new interpretation included all over graphic decoration, textile-like ornamental colour and composition and a visceral glow on canvas.
For the textile designer, The Nabis hold enormous inspiration both for the colourist and structuralist. In this painting by Serusier, for instance, we can see the potential for the printer, embroiderer, weaver and knitter.
There is a decorative maximalism that could be transformed in a multiplicity of ways for fashion and interiors.