Out There – Digital representations

Still from The Chemical Brothers video 'Wide Open ft Beck'
Still from The Chemical Brothers video ‘Wide Open ft Beck’

As we start embarking  on the third* phase of the project (digital representations), we’ve been very curious of what is already out there in terms of technologies and their applications. Liam is great with everything digital, to the point that we promoted him our official digital spokesperson. A few new collaborations might be coming our way, but more on them later. For now, here are a few projects that caught our eyes:

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Couture techniques

Nicolas de Larmessin (c.1710) Habit de Tailleur. Paris: Chez Chiquet, Rue St. Jacq. Diktats
Nicolas de Larmessin (c.1710) Habit de Tailleur. Paris: Chez Chiquet, Rue St. Jacq. Diktats

Happy New Year! After a much deserved break, we are back. To start 2019 with the right foot, Caroline, Alistair and I just crashed a BA Fashion Womenswear class to hear tutor Heather Sproat talk about couture (tailoring) techniques, based on her time working at Dior around 20 years ago. Needless to say, Heather’s class was fascinating, filled with interesting parallels to our project. Here are 5 points we took back with us:

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Research – body in motion (dance)

Isadora Duncan, 1900. © Eadweard Muybridge/Getty Images
Isadora Duncan, 1900. © Eadweard Muybridge/Getty Images

In this instalment of ‘body in motion’, we look at the close relationship between our chosen designers and dance. All our designers had at some point tipped their toes in the world of dance, either through finding inspiration in dancers, dressing them or actively collaborating with companies to produce costumes for performances. It is indeed interesting, if not revealing, that the more we think about the concepts of body/movement/performance, the more intertwined our designers and their creations become with the idea of a body in motion. Continue reading “Research – body in motion (dance)”

Reflections

Rickard Lindqvist, On the Logic of Pattern Cutting: foundational cuts and approximations of the body, Borås, 2013.
Rickard Lindqvist, On the Logic of Pattern Cutting: foundational cuts and approximations of the body, Borås, 2013.

It is not about the pattern, it is all about the body and what the garments does with the body.

Andreas Kronthaler

Charles James – Biography

Charles James by Irving Penn. February 28th, 1948. © The Irving Penn Foundation
Charles James by Irving Penn, February 28th, 1948. © The Irving Penn Foundation

Charles James was an Anglo-American designer renowned for his sculptural creations. From his early days working in architecture, he developed the mathematical and geometric skills that would later inform his design process. He applied carefully placed cuts, seams and under structures to create innovative shapes that were at times independent of the body underneath. Continue reading “Charles James – Biography”