SHOWstudio have collaborated with Liberty to capture fashion street style via a store window, live thread and you the public.
This project is part of the SHOWstudio Fashion Revolution Exhibition. The photographs will be uploaded to the SHOWstudio website and catalogued for your viewing pleasure. Fashion designer Gareth Pugh will judge the overall winning street fashion look representational of ” a unique sense of personal style”. The chosen winner will be awarded £500 of Liberty vouchers.
To participate get yourself down to the Carnaby Street windows of Liberty. The SHOWstudio Fashion Revolution exhibition is showing at Somerset House until 20Th Dec 2009.
The RSA will be hosting an event exploring the notion of “design-hacking” a term used to offer alternatives to traditional design, production and partcipation. This event will be chaired byScott Burnham (author of the RSA Design & Society pamphlet on design-hacking) and invites Dr Otto von Busch “haute-couture heretic and DIY- demangogue”.
Dr Otto Von Busch recently completed a PhD which combined a series of projects and experiments to explore fashion activism. His approach invites participants to actively engage in the fashion system and he has created a digital platform called >self_passage< which offers open source projects and proposed solutions. This is an excellent resource for designerspractitioners, researchers and fashion DIY enthusiast’s.
As brave designers embrace this new frontier spirit. Design jam sessions of professional and amateur in cities and festivals all over the developed world unlock a creative energy that has, in fact, been ever-present in favelas and rural villages where necessity has always been the mother of invention.
Is design-hacking merely another post-modern phase in the history of design, or does it reveal a civic ingenuity and resourcefulness that a century and a half of industrially-fed consumerism has masked?
I have just booked tickets and really look forward to attending this event. I will update a new posting to summarise the proceedings.
I am off to Belfast, Ireland this week to the International Symposium of Electronic Art 09 where I will be presenting my first academic paper! The ISEA is a non profit organisation promoting interdisciplinary action through academic discourse and promoting a dialogue through the disciplines of art, design, science and emerging technologies.
I will be presenting in the third Interactive Textiles category which explores collaboration, cross-disciplinarity and consumption. My paper reviews participatory design methods for fashion support by digital media and sustainability will be a central theme throughout my presentation.
I’m really excited to be attending this event as they have some really amazing key note speakers lined up. Clive van Heerden , the Senior Director of Design-Led Innovation at Philips and responsible for leading the Philips Design Probes program will be presenting on Wednesday and Thursday will host Moritz Waldemeyer, the engineer behind Hussein Chalayan’s futuristic fashion creations.
The are a series of Fashion and Textiles sessions exploring time and form, materiality and wearability and lastly, adoption and collaboration, cross disciplinarity and consumption.And that’s just a summary of the Textile categories, there are many more presentations and workshops within other disciplines.
I cant wait to experience this action packed week! Running parallel to this digital exploration I am going to try out another digital experience – twitter! I will try my hand at some micro blogging photos and comments live from ISEA09 for the duration of the week… Bye, bye and tweet to you later!
Outsapop did a great blog post on “Counterfeit Chic” – a blog on fashion and intellectual property run by U.S Law Professor Susan Scafidi (the first law professor to ever offer a course in fashion law!)
She used an example of Project Runway finalist, Kenley Collins who has been challenged for her final collection’s similarity to Balenciaga.
It raises some questions around ethics in the fashion world and when we begin to in dispute a design outcomes originality we begin to interrogate the design process and challenge how fashion trends evolve…
I love street fashion and through my undergraduate studies I found the work of anthropologist Ted Polhemus really inspiring. His research has explored ‘street style’ which he defines as culture having a monopoly on the upper classes when iconic trends bubble up from underground movements. This bubble up effect challenges the dictatorship of high-end fashion.
We are possibly more tuned into street style now than ever before and I think it’s transforming on many levels with blogging playing a pivotal role. Blog’s like The Sartorialist, The Cool Hunter, /streetstyl.es/ (and many, many more!) report on fashion derived from all ends of the spectrum with a focus on how is put together and styled to create a ‘look’.
We can say fashion trends bubble up and trickle down… So once a trend or key look has gone full circle, who has inspired you?
With all that fashion going around it’s difficult not to feel inspired but on what level do we reprocess that inspiration into our own design process and how does the outcome impact what already exists?
I think Outsapop made two interesting points she mentions that designers are trained therefore we are equipped with tools, knowledge and process which should allow us to contribute something more.
Her blog is a fantastic resource for fashion DIY’ers with how to tips and tricks and she has an amazing skill of pulling huge amounts of information together and re-presenting through customisation offerings. Her second point was that fashion DIY’ers are in a different category they are not trained with specialist skills therefore not fully equipped. I think this is a valid point… by using catwalk creations for inspiration they can begin to ask questions and explore how fashion is designed, produced and styled.
I’ll close with the words of the late Coco Chanel
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Images sourced from Very’s flickr account
Very – is a new online fashion brand who have integrated social networking and digital media tools like you tube, twitter and flickr into its social platform. This will allow members to converse about clothing with others including expert stylists and celebrities!
The VIP lounge will open its digital doors tomorrow, hosting a live chat with Vogue TV presenter and stylist Louise Roe. The VIP lounge will allow members to discuss fashion and style with support. Louise is an industry expert who writes style columns for a number of fashion magazines like Elle and Vogue, she interviews top designers, celebrities and reports each seasons key trends for Vogue TV. So having access to her knowledge and expertise is an opportunity not to be missed! Guest speakers will follow on every day this week from Miranda Levy, Simon Webb, Fearne Cotton and Caprice.
The platform is said to evolve around the response of its users. I think its fab that Very are putting their members at the forefront and really paying attention to their interaction. We all love shopping (well I do!) and in the current economic climate and concern over environmental issues it can be very difficult to make fashion decisions. High street fashion has made clothing accessible to everyone but we have so many decisions to make… this can allow fashion to become lost in translation and maybe even take the joy away if shopping becomes more stressful. Therefore I welcome a platform that will provide support, allow us to ask questions and source style advice.
I love shopping but its not just the joy of walking out of a shop with a new garment (unless its something I been coveting for ages) but also the experiential value associated. Shopping can be a really social activity… we support each other and offer advice on what to wear and when. Fashion is an important part of our lives it performs functionally but it can also promote well being and self confidence. Finding a place and time to chat with friends and share fashion stories can be difficult to slot into our everyday lives but through using the internet we can communicate with our friends on the move…
Its great that Very are allowing us to apply digital media tools which we are already familiar to fashion. Will it improve our fashion, style and allow us to make new friends in the process? Hopefully, we will need to watch that Internet space….
They have blogged a sneak peak of the new “projects” section. The projects area will allow creations to be easily categorised under a number of different descriptions such as season, material, garment type and style…
All techniques will be filed under a “learning” category.
I love the open source element of Burda Style as it networks a global community of sewing enthusiasts ( with over 200,000 members)allowing them to share skills and expertise. The platform supports the novice through to the expert and allows users to communicate amongst themselves to support, critique and compliment each others creations.
The new sections under construction look to improve the navigation and usability and Im excited to see the developments.
The Guardian and The Observer have launched DIY ethical fashion: Make your own designer clothes and accessories.
They have collaborated with designers to create step-by-step “how to” guides illustrated with beautiful photographs taking the maker on a journey of marking out, cutting and sewing to create bespoke fashion and accessories.
Allowing you to make your own:
This offers insights into the design process and allows consumers to create bespoke goods at affordable prices. The hands on approach also allows us to engage in craft and DIY at a time when we are questioning our consumption, providing an alternative to mass produced goods that don’t cost a fortune.
Nervous System have created a custom design tool to allow users to create bespoke products. Consumers can opt to buy ready designed jewellery or create their own. Each item is laser cut or produced through rapid prototyping methods by which all unique pieces can be manufactured at the same cost as cookie cutter ones. Therefore everything is affordable and ethically made.
They have also released their source code under the creative commons license to encourage others to adopt a similar approach. This interactive approach allows unique products to be created and as there is no definitive, final product, many designs can be created to allow for mass customisation.