What is it? I'm so glad you asked!
Briefly, it's a yearlong affair exploring what it means to create an outfit, literally from the ground up.
You've heard of the 100-mile diet? It's a bit like that, but with textiles..
"A 100-mile closet", if you will.
It will be tedious. It will be challenging,
That is precisely the point.
It takes many resources and skills to make clothing.
Clothing protects us, and is also personal expression.
It deserves to be made well,
and made with the least amount of harm to people and to Earth.
This will be rewarding work!
Please consider joining the 2021 cohort, or follow along on my journey!
What follows is a sort of roadmap to get oriented to my location and where I want to go.
Slow and Local Clothing Project details at Southern California Fibershed.
A couple quotes I keep returning to over the years.
Some fiber and dye friends who help us create a slow and local wardrobe.
I highly recommend the book,
Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers,
Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy
by Rebecca Burgess, with Courtney White.
Guiding principles for my Slow & Local Clothing Project, based on Lesley Roberts' opening remarks to our first cohort meeting.
How are you?
No, how are you really?
My - how things have changed, my friends!
Styleposium had it's last post back in April of 2018.
The world is so different now.
And so am I.
I imagine you are too.
Yet, I'm feeling renewed and ready to begin again.
Same values, yet with some new and improved knowledge.
Yet, still a Work-In-Process, and that's ok!
Let's get back to it.
Happening Now: #SecondhandSeptember
sponsored by Oxfam. It's a monthlong movement to raise awareness around the importance of buying secondhand.
You may learn more about that on their site right here,
watch comedian and fashion-lover, Hasan Minhaj,
give his funny and sharp analysis of the reality of the industry
and what you can do to help.
Keeping it brief.
Have a good week y'all.
In the meantime, you might check out more #secondhandseptember posts on the 'gram!
5 years later and where are we at?
Things are better, yet the two organizations overseeing remediation, the Alliance and the Accord are temporary.
The Bangladeshi government does not seem to take any responsibility,
nor is there much evidence that will change.
Hindustan Times - Photos: Five Years After Rana Plaza Collapse, Demands for Safety and Justice
The Wire - Five Years After the Tragedy, Bangladesh's Rana Plaza is Still Falling.
Reuters - Five Years After Rana Plaza, Bangladesh Still Needs $1.2 Billion Fix
International Labor Rights Forum - Five Years After Rana Plaza, the Need for the Bangladesh Accord Persists
Bill Cunningham, that dear, charming, mysterious iconoclast, went and secretly wrote a memoir. It was found posthumously by his family and will be released September 2018.
Above, a clip from his "On The Street" series for NYT, 4/20/15.
SO good to hear that voice!
Anytime I hear the word marvelous, it's with his warm, jovial, crackly annunciation.
"Oh, isn't that just MAH-va-lous?! I thought you'd like to know."
Seeing his documentary in 2013 was a personal game-changer.
It changed what it means to be interested in fashion.
He captured it all:
International fashion weeks, the galas, fundraisers, and most importantly, the everyday looks on the street, recognizing the high and the low, yet treating it all with the same level of care and attention. All while riding his bike in his standard uniform look.
He's considered the godfather of Street Style,
named a NY Living Legend.
and was awarded by the French Ministry of Culture.
Yet, most would be surprised by his enormous humility and austere lifestyle.
An individual of incredible integrity, that one.
If you haven't seen Bill Cunningham New York yet, it is highly recommended.
Mark your calendar for a September release date of "Fashion Climbing."
In Bookstores Now
Speaking of "Mah-va-lous" Beings...
Yes, that is a Barbie in her likeness.
NYFW: Fall 2018
When this image came out in Vogue's September 2017 issue,
it was a fast favorite.
It must have hit a nerve, because quilt piecing
was splashing all over Fall 2018.
The marriage of the high impact graphic
feels fresh, while the
old-fashioned medium is a great pairing for sustainability.
Garment-making by it's nature, leaves the maker with perfectly good fabric, just in a strange assorted sizes.
Quilting is a beautiful way to absorb them back into the supply chain.
Read more about the trend here.
Ermergurd. My eyes. They've been blinded with science.
Now through May 13,
the master of 3D printing, Iris van Herpen,
will be exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum, before moving on to Toronto.
Read more about it here
Thank you for being here. Talk to you soon.
What a rascal,
Today the Times announced the late, great fashion photographer had written his memoirs.
Mark you calendar for September!
Read the NYT article here.
This here is a celebration at the intersection of