Big love to Tim Gunn always,
but now more than ever
since he used his personal brand
to advocate for more inclusive and realistic
design and sizing this past week on PBS News Hour.
Well said & Thank You, Mr. Gunn.
Styleposium totally gets behind that and in that spirit, we offer you this week's compilation of resources:
Curvy Sewing Collective
Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece
we're not sure who originated the saying,
but as Beatrix Ost and StyleLikeU like to say:
"In my body is a good place to be."
See you next week.
A selection of articles covering his memorial service last Monday at Carnegie Hall. Also, interviews and articles from his assistant, John Kurdewan and the filmmakers of Bill Cunningham New York.
The New York Times Pays Tribute to Bill Cunningham at Carnegie Hall - WWD
Postscript: Bill Cunningham - The New York Times
They Dressed for Bill - The New York Times
Of Course There Was Street Style at Bill Cunningham's Memorial Service - Observer
Bill Cunningham's Memorial Service at Carnegie Hall - Vogue
John Kurdewan, Bill's assistant speaks about his best friend - Instagram, @workforbillc
What It Was Like Working for Legendary New York Times
Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham - Business Insider
Left to Right: Richard Press and Philip Gefter.
“But that was the thing about Bill.
Makers, Menders, & Constituents of Style.
Thank you for being here!
Although Saturday was the official finale of
Latin Heritage Month,
there's plenty more to keep celebrating.
Below some choice bits.
I think you'll really enjoy what follows.
Catchy tune + the most breathtaking kaleidoscope
of huipils I've ever seen.
Thank You, Dolores for the video!
(Note: Remember this when you eat pineapple, as it is truly a remarkably delicious food.)
You may recognize the iconic garment
from Frida Kahlo's work,
or perhaps you are unfamiliar with this traditional handwoven, naturally-dyed, boxy blouse or dress.
Huipils come long or short and their weaving and embroidery signifies location, identity, personal history, and mythology.
A little over a month ago, I had the awesome opportunity to see wonderful portraits of traditional Mexican dress and to hear Eric Mindling speak
about his Living Threads project in Oaxaca.
His book, Oaxaca Stories in Cloth, just came out
and it's highly recommended.
Gorgeous portraits of beautiful people,
mostly elder women
who continue to dress in the old ways.
Plus, he is an articulate and charismatic storyteller.
Below, some links to read, view, hear more:
"What Does Sagebrush Know That
A Conversation with Photographer Eric Mindling
(The whole conversation is great,
especially for photographers,
but if you want to get to the heart
of the project, skip ahead to about 30 minutes in.)
Support your favorite book store and/or
request your library
to add it to their collection.
This concludes Styleposium's weekly post.
Take it away, Mexican Institute of Sound!
Until next time, you know where to find us!
Welcome to The Maker + Mender's Styleposium.
If you're visiting here by way of Slow Fashion October,
we're so glad to have your company!
We aim to bring you the best
inspiring and informative stories to
celebrate and improve our relationship to our clothing.
Pictured above clockwise: dress shields packaging, dress shields (or pit pads, as we costumers call them), fusible patches, mending yarn, pocket replacements, and a wooden darning egg.
I've been collecting these little bits of mending supplies for about a year or so. I find them at tag sales, thrift stores, and such. I don't think I will outright utilize them, as in some cases, like the yarn, their strength has been compromised over time, Nonetheless, its a treat to find them, because they are evidence of a time when clothing had more value which we strived to keep alive.
Recently, I had the chance to check out a new book called,
"Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion."
Great read for this conversation on longevity.
I only wish I was further along,
so that I might share a more fully informed opinion of it.
Find it at your local bookstore or library.
Perhaps you have quite a bit to say on this subject?
You may want to get in touch with Fashion Revolution.
They are launching a zine this December and the theme is
"Money, Fashion, Power"
Call for Submissions ends this coming Sunday 10/16.
For more information click here.
Just...when you thought the fun was over with
House of Pinheiro's, #sewphotohop...
another community-building event is on the rise!
Follow along & play on Instagram.
So, what is this exactly...?
In the words of Fringe Association's Karen Templer, here is an outline:
Week 1, Oct 1-9: INTRODUCTIONS
Who are you, and what does slow fashion mean to you. What got you started thinking about it — people, books, films, etc. Are your concerns environmental, humanitarian, financial? Most important: How does your thinking factor into your life and closet. Also, any special plans or projects for Slotober, and what are you hoping to get out of it?
Week 2, Oct 10-16: LONG-WORN
How can we make the most of the clothes already on the planet — from taking care of and mending and wearing things longer, to thrifting, swapping, heirlooms, hand-me-downs, alterations and refashioning.
Week 3, Oct 17-23: HANDMADE
How do you understand your style, choose projects well, advance your skills, get the right fit, and keep things interesting and long-lasting at the same time. What are your go-to patterns and most successful garments. How do you avoid mindless acquisition of yarn and fabric, or making “too much.” How do you make time and space for making — and why?
Week 4, Oct 24-31: KNOWN ORIGINS
Good (especially good and affordable) sources of yarn and fabric with traceable origins. And for the things we buy, favorite sources: from small-batch designer-producers to fashion companies trying to do the right thing in a transparent way.
More details here at FringeAssociation.com.
Ms. Templer also runs a gorgeous shop called Fringe Supply Co.
Please have a visit,
I think you will like it.
The images above were fast favorites.
btw, not paid to say that...in fact,
Did you know that Styleposium is an 100% bonafide labor of love?
Our mission is to celebrate and shine a light
on all the wonderful, inspiring, informative stories and resources that help us move towards a better relationship with our clothes, our resources, and our global community.
That's it for this week. See you next Monday~
Until then, you know where to find us!
This here is a celebration at the intersection of