Maison Martin Margiela March 2, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Organizations and Associations, Retail, Trends , comments closed
If you’ve been in fashion school or worked in the industry for more than a few months, there’s no doubt you’ve heard about an elusive guy named Martin Margiela. The announcement of his departure from his design house was all over the fashion press last fall. But the news that got everyone talking about him again was, strangely, related to the death of a book editor and writer from Albequerque.
Like her design hero, Martin Margiela, not much is known about Marcia Berger, who amassed a collection of over 1,000 pieces produced under his label. When she died in January 2008, she was working as a college textbook editor and living in the Koreatown part of Los Angeles, where she rented an apartment. The apartment was packed with rare and carefully selected Margiela pieces that she began collecting since the inception of the Martin Margiela house in the late-1980′s.
Now, the pieces from her collection are for sale online at 1st Dibs and you can get a great look at the amazing shapes and ideas that brought him to notoriety over the past two decades. Such comprehensive and detailed glimpses into a designer’s career are very rare – especially a designer as private as Mr. Margiella, so please take advantage of this great opportunity to study his work.
To learn more about Martin Margiela, click here.
To see the full collection of Margiela garments for sale, click here.
- Tiffany Teague
From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk March 1, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, Local Sources, SCAD, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise, Trends , comments closed
SCAD announces symposium on art and fashion, “From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk”
The art history department at SCAD announces its inaugural interdisciplinary symposium series on art and fashion, “From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk.” The series is planned as a biennial event to foster research, dialogue and exchange between scholars and designers on the study of art and fashion in its various forms. The symposium takes place Friday, March 5, 1-6 p.m., at SCAD Atlanta, Events Space 4C The event is free and open to the public.
“From Peplos to Petticoat to Punk” explores the ways in which dress has been used to fashion identities from the ancient world to the present day. Papers will be presented by designers, students and scholars in all fields that address how clothing and fashion have been used to communicate a range of meanings. Sessions will address a variety of topics, such as “What Athena Would Have Bought at Bloomingdales: Embellished Textiles in Ancient Greece” and “Scarlet O’Hara’s Costumed Lust and Aggression and a Modern-day Problem with the Feminine.”
The Uniform Project February 23, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Inspiration, Textile Resources, Trends , comments closed
Forgive my recent obsession with uniforms. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Sarah Collins sent me a link this morning to The Uniform Project. It’s the brainchild of Sheena Matheiken, a New York based ad agency marketing director who came up with the idea to wear the same dress for 365 days in a row and, in the process, raise funds for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is devoted to bringing education to children living in Indian slums.
Starting May 2009, she pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. She enlisted a friend and designer Eliza Starbuck to create a dress that she reinvents daily with various layers and accessories, many of which are donated by other fashion designers. She gives herself no more than 30 minutes a day to prepare her look which, I say, is quite a feat when you consider the incredible variety she can squeeze out of a simple black cotton dress.
Speaking of Uniforms . . . February 22, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Trends , comments closed
The designers at Burton, the snowboard equipment company, had quite the challenge in outfitting the US Olympic Snowboard Team. They had to create a uniform for a group of people who are all about expressing their individuality – while ensuring that the design was highly functional and still representative of American style. When the final look was revealed, the riders were “psyched.”
Read more about the thought process behind the new design here.
- Tiffany Teague
Opportunity Knocks February 18, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, Trends , comments closed
Never in my life have I seen such fashion disasters in dire need of your help! Up until the early nineties, figure skating fashion was about as bad as it is today. Then, in 1992, stepped in a former competitive figure skater by the name of Vera Wang who decided to help out a group of athletes in dire need of wardrobe assistance.
When Vera Wang began designing Nancy Kerrigan’s costumes, it created a mini fashion revolution! While other skaters were wearing over-the-top flamboyant designs, Vera Wang sent Ms. Kerrigan out in sleek, simple, and beautiful creations and, in the process, received a ton of press:
Then . . . (1992)
Now . . . (2010)
Since the 90′s something has happened and our poor ice skaters are following in the footsteps of guys like Johnny Weir. It’s time for a new designer to step in and make a difference. The profits could follow. As Vera Wang says, ”The viewership is so enormous and so many people are judging figure skating also from a fashion point-of-view . . . They’re seen as models in a strange way and not only as athletes.”
Seriously, though, the story here isn’t really about designing competitive figure skating costumes as much as it is seeing an opportunity and rising to the occasion as Vera Wang did back in 1992. She saw a fashion need in an area that she knew and loved, decided to fill the void and, in the process, became a household name.
So, if you spent your high-school summers working at a car wash and would love to design a cute retro uniform, or really like playing soccer but felt so unattractive in those long short, or loved being in the marching band but hated those silly hats – maybe there is an opportunity there for you to shine and combine the things that you love! You never know where it might lead!
- Tiffany Teague
Runway Trend Spotting: Colorblocking February 17, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Industry News, Inspiration, Organizations and Associations, Trends , comments closed
The Fall/Winter 2010-2011 womenswear runway shows began just days ago, but already it’s easy to see an emerging trend on the New York catwalks: Colorblocking.
- Tiffany Teague
Live from New York! February 16, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Industry News, Organizations and Associations, SCAD, Trends , comments closed
It’s Fashion Week!! Designers are showing their Fall/Winter collections for the last time at Bryant Park. Although, NYFW has been in the tents at Bryant Park since 1993, things are a bit different this time around as more designers decide to stream their fashion shows live to the masses.
This trend was covered in detail in WWD yesterday. The article discusses the myriad of ways in which designers are using social media to reach the public and, ideally, increase sales. As Diane Von Furstenberg says:
“Ignoring the Internet is total madness. Being active on the Internet is indispensable to growth and for being relevant. It helps your business to be truly global and truly multigenerational.”
Here’s a list of shows you can watch live this week, courtesy of Nitrolicious:
- Rodarte – February 16th at 12:00pm EST on SHOWstudio
- G-Star – February 16th at 7pm EST on G-Star.com
- Michael Kors – February 17th at 10am EST on michaelkors.com
- William Rast – February 17th at 7pm EST on williamrast.com/acloserlookfromsony
- Marc Bouwer – February 18th at 9am EST on marcbouwer.com
- Isaac Mizrahi -February 18th at 12pm EST on isaacmizrahiny.com/meet_isaac
- Calvin Klein – women’s collection on February 18th at 3pm EST on calvinkleincollection.com
London Fashion Week has decided to broadcast a live stream of all shows held in the British Fashion Council tent at Somerset House. Starting this Friday, you can watch London Fashion Week live on-line.
SCAD Atlanta will broadcast live feeds streamed in from the catwalks in New York and London during fashion week. Students can grab a front row seat in SCAD Atlanta’s Hub. Show times are as follows:
From New York Fashion Week:
Wednesday, Feb. 17:
10 a.m . – Michael Kors
Thursday, Feb. 18:
9 a.m. - Marc Bouwer
noon - Isaac Mizrahi
From London Fashion Week:
Monday, Feb. 22:
11:15 a.m. - Osman
3:30 p.m. - Jaeger London
Tuesday, Feb. 23,
9 a.m. - Ashish
11:30 a.m.- Basso and Brooke
Wednesday, Feb. 24:
9:30 a.m. - Carolyn Massey
noon- Christopher Shannon
- Tiffany Teague
Rita Watson in Daily Candy February 12, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, SCAD, SCAD - Student and Alumni Enterprise, Trends , comments closed
Well done, Rita!
- Tiffany Teague
Buying Power of the 50+ Woman February 3, 2010Posted by SCAD Fashion Department in : Careers, Industry News, Inspiration, Retail, Trends , comments closed
As I was working yesterday with a student on her designs for a collection of garments for a full figured (read “average American”) woman, I got to thinking that it’s a bit of a shame that most of us design our businesses for a rail-thin woman who is preternaturally youthful.
Not only does a large portion of the public miss out on our creativity, but we miss out on a HUGE market when we don’t train ourselves to get inside the mind of certain consumers. I read a statistic last December that I found really inspiring – it’s that “women ages 50 and older have more spending power and discretionary income than any other group in the U.S. and wield a net worth of $19 trillion according to MassMutual’s Financial Group 2007 report. In fact, for the 12 months ending Oct. 31, women over 55 spent $19 billion on apparel, according to The NPD Group Inc.’s Consumer Tracking Service.”
This quote came from a WWD report on the apparel of female evening news anchors like Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric. It’s exciting to consider that the companies who dress one of these women have their garments seen by 14 million viewers each night. This represents a great opportunity for advertisers, retailers, and designers alike. Here is the full article in WWD – scroll to page 14 to read it: The Female Factor in Evening News.
- Tiffany Teague
The effect of Haiti’s Disaster on the Fashion Industry January 29, 2010Posted by torang20 in : Industry News, Organizations and Associations, Trends , comments closed
We all have been deeply moved by the images of the Natural Disaster in Haiti. But did you know that before the earthquake, Haiti was home of several apparel factories, which employed more than 28,000 Haitians? Haiti was a huge apparel supplier for South Florida. Many of the those factories were not subject to much damage but one the of larger factories which employed more than 4,000 people is in utter ruins.
Companies who affiliate with these factories are now scrambling to fill orders. Georges Sassine, industry spokesperson for Port-au-Prince is urging South Floridian companies to be patient and has hopes that things will improve. Hawtan Leathers, a leather factory located in Mariani, just outside the countries capital is up and running. Not only does this ensure the stability of the countries apparel industry but it’s helping many people grieve easier as they get back to work.
The CFDA has found a simple yet “fashiony” way to donate to the people of Haiti. The Council designed these ever so cute T’s. The shirts will go one sale on February 12, 2010 during New York Fashion. So HELP TO HEAL HAITI and get ready to purchase your Tee.
♥ tay renee