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Local Wisdom is an international fashion research project investigating the craft of use of clothing, and it was initiated four years ago by Dr Kate Fletcher, Reader in Sustainable Fashion at Center for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. Last year a generous grant from Leverhulme Trust enabled to project to expand to include a total of seven universities, including Parsons The New School for Design here in New York. I’ve been working with Kate…

Blast from the past

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been in conversation with Glynis Jones, curator at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Student Fashion exhibition, you see, and I was in the exhibition in 1999 – more news to share in coming weeks. Last week she emailed me an installation photograph from a 2004 exhibition, Nineties to Now – Fashion of the Year. In it was a Marcs Baby Doll dress from 2002 –Read more

CFDA fashion education summit

Thank you CFDA! It was a privilege to attend the fashion education summit today, and it was such a delight to catch up with friends from schools across America. The beginning landed somewhat poorly at least in the table I was sitting in: we felt CFDA was going to tell us what we educators do wrong. Someone perhaps said something because Lisa Smilor,┬áDeputy Director: Programs and Operations, did rectify this and to CFDA’s credit the day turned out to beRead more

Excerpt from Samsara

Update: Based on what I found through Benno’s comments, I changed the title and URL of the post to properly credit the filmmakers behind Samsara. At this time I don’t know whether the clip I link to was edited and renamed with permission from the makers of Samsara. The embedding is not working; this is a link to the video: Holocaust on a Conveyor Belt – Assembly Line of Death On Friday I was interviewed by an amazing student fromRead more

Local Wisdom New York photo shoot January 26

Local Wisdom is an international fashion research project investigating the craft of use of clothing, and it was initiated four years ago by Dr Kate Fletcher, Reader in Sustainable Fashion at Center for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. Last year a generous grant from Leverhulme Trust enabled to project to expand to include a total of seven universities, including Parsons The New School for Design here in New York. I’ve been working with Kate for the last two yearsRead more

Jane Bennett: Powers of the Hoard: Artistry and Agency in a World of Vibrant Matter

Zoe posted this video in the comments of my recent rant about our addiction to new. Enjoy – an excellent lecture! <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/29535247″>Jane Bennett. Powers of the Hoard: Artistry and Agency in a World of Vibrant Matter</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/veralistcenter”>Vera List Center</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> From The Vera List Center: How do objects sometimes act as vibrant things, with an effectivity of their own, a degree of independence from the words, images, and feelings they provoke in humans? Political theoristRead more

Woody Harrelson – a video about fur

One of the exciting things about my job at Parsons includes conversations with the Humane Society of the United States; I first met with them shortly after I started in my current role three years ago. HSUS have just released a new video with Woody Harrelson talking about fur. I’d rather keep my views on fur to myself other than to say they are less black and white than most people’s; either way, the video is worth watching.Read more