Category Archives: Fashion Reviews

“¡Viva México!: Clothing and Culture,” Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) boasts one of the largest collections of Mexican textiles anywhere in the world, yet most of the pieces in this collection has seldom been exhibited before. In “¡Viva México!: Clothing and Culture,” curators Alexandra Palmer and Chloe Sager displayed many of the historical pieces already in the ROM collection alongside more recent examples of the various Mexican textile manipulation and construction techniques. The exhibition contains three hundred years worth of Mexican clothing and other textile artefacts.

The result is an exhibition that carefully drafts a cohesive narrative between past and present, highlighting the relevance of traditional textile construction techniques to modern Mexican cloth production.

“¡Viva México!: Clothing and Culture” is shown in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textile and Costume and it is presented by the the Consulate of México. Click here for more details.

Meanwhile, enjoy a couple of the photos from my visit.

 

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How to illustrate golden clothes

Recently, a former student of mine forwarded me a fashion illustration page that has a comprehensive tutorial on how to illustrate golden fabrics and accessories without using a gold felt-tip pen. Instead, the tutorial uses Prismacolor markers in different shades of yellow, ochre and brown to reproduce the same metallic qualities as golden clothing has.

My student has illustrated collections with gold felt-tip pens and she has done a brilliant job at it. Her portfolio is testament to her ability. Now she discovered that she doesn’t need to use metallic felt-tip pens, and neither do you!

Here is the tutorial page as promised: http://idrawfashion.com/techniques/46-how-to-draw-gold

Enjoy!

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Fashion Exhibition at the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the date: 09/07/2011!

 

Pigeons and Peacocks: The London College of Fashion Magazine

Recently, I received my free copy of Pigeons and Peacocks (issue 4), the London College of Fashion magazine.

I was amazed at the quality and diversity of the work published.

The first editorial, Rumours, by Haley Louisa Brown, is simply exquisite: a hippie/gypsy fantasy of black-and-white proportions. A stunning draped white dress with long, romantic sleeves by Meadham Kirchhoff takes center stage in the first page of the magazine, setting the mood for the editorials to come. It is a nod to nostalgia. Nostalgia, as explained in the Editor’s Letter, ‘is what imbues ordinary objects, places, people and things with a mythical power they would never have naturally possessed’. The issue aims to rescue those things vintage, ethnic, antique and cherished and reclaim them, assigning them a new forum (the published magazine) imbedded with new significance.

The editor, John William, strives the perfect balance between linking a common theme, nostalgia, in both picture editorials and relevant articles, with self-promotion for LCF’s fashion students. The writing is not superfluous, and it reaches new heights by providing a space for academic discussion. Case in point, Alexa Gould-Kavet’s article, ‘The Demise of the Subcultural Identity: Towards a Postmodern Theory of The Hipster and Hipster Style’, reflects on the need for redefining what subculture means and how that affects understanding hipsters. All in all, contrary  to other subcultures, hipsters are not defined by ‘culture’, but by ‘taste’; the hipster subject rejects mainstream culture and embraces all that is ‘indie’, bohemian and/or different. Of course, if you go to Central Saint Martins, and to LCF itself, you’ll notice the abundance of these hipsters and they are easily identifiable by their dress: skinny pants, dishelved appearance, vintage clothes, red lipstick. They’ll raid vintage shops or Topshop. They all look the same.

On a lighter note, other editorials include Paint, by Saga Sig, featuning mostly painted dresses by Tanya Ling. The beautiful Babes of Benin, also by Sig, displays the talent of LCF’s students to the fullest with Sara Arsenén’s upside-down bra. This ‘bra’ completely redefines the object as an purely aesthetic one, denying its main function: to support the bust. Colorful, creative, and innovative, this editorial blends African conciousness and fashion sense with European fashion taste. This is accompanied by an article, ‘Black-sploitation? Opening the debate’, about the exploitation of the past, and in this case, of African cultural past.

I highly recommend this magazine, it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise. The quality and professionalism of the content is something fashion students should all aspire to. I think that, by subscribing to this magazine, many students will be more conscious of their environment and of the tools available to study fashion, trends and its cultural background. Well done!

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The House of Annie Lennox (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London (V&A) will host The House of Annie Lennox, a retrospective exhibition on Lennox’s career, featuring her memorabilia. Here is an extract from the V&A’s Future Exhibitions page:

 

“Annie Lennox’s success has spanned four decades and she is internationally renowned both for her music and her personal style. This exciting display will explore the image and creative vision of the artist. There will be costumes and accessories worn by Lennox, together with photographs, personal treasures and awards, ephemera from the political campaigns she championed, recorded interviews, music videos and a specially commissioned video of Annie in conversation.”

So, if you are in London from 15/Sept/11 to 26/Feb/12, be sure to check this free exhibition. I wish I could do so myself!

 

Visit http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/the-house-of-annie-lennox/ for more details.