What is fashion good for?

I’m delighted to be a contributor for a new publication, One Quart Magazine. My first article is now up, part one of my response to the question, what is fashion good for? I hope you check it out, along with all of the excellent articles in the magazine. My thanks to Astrid Swan for the invitation to contribute. Through Monokini 2.0 I’ve got to know Swan’s music well over the past year; she provided much of the soundtrack to writingRead more

False Dichotomy next week!

  New York friends, I hope to see you next week at False Dichotomy, an exhibition curated by Libby Clarke, at Gowanus Studio Space. The opening is on Friday June 24th, 7-9pm, and the artists’ panel on Saturday June 25, 7-9pm. False Dichotomy includes work from Susan Allbert, Noah Breuer, Greg Climer, Jon Irving, Sarah Pike and I. In response to the horrific shooting in Orlando yesterday, I posted day 100 ten days ahead of schedule. Love will conquer hate.Read more

Aaron Krach ‘inspires’ Vetements

A few days ago I was asked for some advice. The artist Aaron Krach is a colleague at Parsons School of Design. He first presented Indestructible Artifact #11 (Confidence) at the Art Institute of Boston in 2009. Now have a look at this: Sure, Vetements is known for playing with logos and other iconography of the current condition, DHL being perhaps the best known example. Here, however, the company is replicating part of a work by an independent artist withRead more

Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham

I am thrilled to be a keynote speaker at this conference next year, on the late Dorothy Burnham at her ‘home’, the Royal Ontario Museum. Discovering Cut My Cote was such a validating moment for me during my PhD (thank you both Kathleen Fasanella and Dr Alexandra Palmer for pointing me to it) – to find someone who had been thinking about the same issues decades earlier, albeit in a different context. As with the Fashion Doctors lecture at ROMRead more

False Dichotomy curated by Libby Clarke

#communication, still in progress, will be part of an invitational pop-up, False Dichotomy, curated by Libby Clarke. The exhibition centers on fine art printmaking that intersects with, depends upon, and even conquers high technology. Invited artists use data, sensors, alternate processes, wearables, performance, and other technologies to produce multiples, texts, and other sorts of editions. I have embroidered a phrase each day now for 71 days, posting each phrase on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, to conclude on day 100. TheRead more

On laundering

An inspiring and inspired student I met with recently shared with me the site Buy Me Once, which I was already familiar with, however I hadn’t noticed their Design Challenge until now. Their call for designing a Little Black Dress for a long use life is exciting: THE ULTIMATE LITTLE BLACK DRESS! This dress will last someone 60+ years of wearing it once a week It should be able to be washed in a regular washing machine once a weekRead more