Is this photo posed, with the bicycle being used merely as a prop, or is the young woman actually going off for a ride in her alligator pumps and wonderful plaid suit? These are the questions that occupy my mind.
More food for thought:
* I wrote about clothing storage last week and so did the New York Times. I’ll probably be leaving my stuff where it is.
* I’ve already linked to a video of the the V&A’s new Clothworker’s Centre, but I can’t say enough about how I love this idea. You can read more on the V&A site. Thanks to Last-Year Girl for the info.
* It’s almost time for the next clothing auction at Augusta Auctions which will be held November 13, in New York City. There is a red 1920s swimsuit that is especially nice (not to mention Dior, Patou, Hermes…).
* A big problem associated with the return to American manufacturing is that for the past 20 years new sewers have not been trained, and now there is a shortage of skilled workers. Thanks to Custom Style for the link.
* Despite the recent closure of Scottish cashmere maker Ballantyne, a renaissance of Scottish textiles is looming. (sorry for the pun) Thanks to @brennaariel
* The Guardian posted a very thoughtful piece by The Invisible Women about why she prefers style over fashion.
* Journalist Brandon Eastman decided to try and trace a sports hoodie from the store in the US to the person in Indonesia who made the garment. There are some interesting insights in his article. Thanks to @otdiFASHION
* Women in trousers were fiction’s sartorial trailblazers according to this interesting piece in the Guardian. Thanks to @KittNoir
* What’s in a name? Quite a bit of money according to the man who buys old fashion names in order to resell them. He owns the rights to Poiret, Mainbocher, and thirteen others.
* Probably the biggest controversy in the just concluded fashion weeks concerns the show of designer Rick Qwens. Instead of using professional models he used step dancing teams, which were made up primarily of young Black women, most of whom were not skinny.
There has been an on-going call for more racial diversity in fashion presentations. In many shows all the models are White and blonde. Before the fashion weeks began, there was a letter put out by fashion veteran Bethann Hardison calling on designers to include more models of color in their shows. Many designers did have a more diverse cast.
If you have not seen the video of the Owens show, you really should take the time to watch it. Frankly, I was blown away by the show, even though I’m not a big fan of Owens. After watching hundreds of thin, tall women walk the runways, it was the most energizing show I could imagine. So why all the fuss?
It centers around the stereotype of the “angry Black woman.” The facial expressions that I read as “powerful,” others read as “angry.” Some people are upset that Black women are prominent in a fashion show, but that they were made to look “ugly.”
Perhaps I’m not the best person to give an opinion on the matter, as I was not actually in attendance at the show . Let’s just say that I agree with Pulitzer Prize winning fashion critic Robin Givhan, who was in attendance at the show. Click on the “Listen” box to hear her thoughts on the matter.
PS: My first thought on watching the show was not the color of the models, but their size. I thought the clothes looked fabulous on larger women, and I’m hoping that size (and age) will be considered also when speaking of diversity.