If you are on the east coast of North America, I do not have to tell you that it is too cold for snowshoeing. It’s also too cold for skiing, and skating, and just walking around outside, but I bet there are plenty of people who are braving the wind chill in order to have a bit of fun at winter sports. I just hope they are attired as nicely as the pair above.
This is New York Fashion Week, so the fashion world is obsessed with that. There is, however, a bit of news that might be of interest.
- There is a newish documentary on the craftsmanship involved in assembling couture, Handmade with Love in France. I don’t have much hope of seeing it here in the back-of-beyond, but hopefully it will make its way to Netflix. Trailer Thanks to Christina for the link.
- Oscar-winning costume designer John Bright’s original costume collection of around 7000 items, dating from the early 18th – late 20th century, is being digitized, and will be made available to the public as a digital archive. The website is not online yet, but you can keep up with the project through social media. Facebook Twitter Instagram
- The famous Harris Tweed orb will soon be a recognized coat of arms.
- Ballet dancer Misty Copeland helps recreate Degas ballerina paintings in a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot.
- How English is a suit made in Cambodia from Australian wool that was spun in Romania and dyed in Italy? The map showing the path the suit ‘s materials travel is fascinating.
- “Art historians have been disturbed by allegations that the Tate was about to dump its invaluable photographic archive in a skip when another institution realized its importance and rescued it”. From the Guardian.
- Asya Kozina makes incredible historic fashions from cut paper.
- Social media has a new purpose: shaming those who steal fashion ideas from others.
- The Textilis blog is always interesting.
- This is an interesting article on the history of the vintage clothing industry.
And finally, I don’t closely follow fashion week, but it was pretty hard to ignore all the hoopla surrounding the Kanye West Yeezy III spectacle. I’ll pass no judgement on the music, as I’m too old to care, nor on the clothes, as I’m too old to care. But it sort of tickled me to read review after review in which this was painted as some deep form of art. Perhaps it is, and I’m a shallow consumer who really just wants a fashion show to be about the clothes. Is that asking too much?
And as for the line of the week, that honor goes to Cathy Horyn, who wrote about Anna Wintour, “…she looked diminished, like a Kardashian accessory.”