A favorite show talks Styleposium's favorite topic:
Specifically, "enclothed cognition."
Note: this program runs just over an hour, but of course, is completely worth it. Cue it up and get out a project from the UFO pile.
Here is another way clothing speaks:
traditional clothing at the European Folk Culture Festival celebrates history and customs of a distant time.
If it seems the popularity of fashion exhibits and documentaries has exploded...
CBS Sunday Morning shares the scoop
in under 5 minutes.
Wouldn't it be great...
if there was a global calendar/directory
of ongoing clothing exhibits and events?
Wait, wha? It exists?
The real thing is always better of course,
what if you could bring the museum
right to your
Thanks to Amit Sood
and a multitude of dedicated
museum institutions and stewards,
It's not unusual to have one's mind blown watching a TED talk,
however this presentation
truly sets a new bar for
a definite must-see.
Have you ever felt richer?
Have fun with this
phenomenal resource at
You may look at the site
wwwhat? is thaaat...
(But as we learned earlier,
fashion is art
art is subjective!)
Whether you love it or hate it:
that is some
The ability to
weigh in on design and
Read more about it here.
That's all folks!
See you next week!
Would you show up wearing the same thing to multiple special events?
Nina Simone did. Here In her own words:
(The interviewer is in parenthesizes.)
"If you come out and you look the way you want to look,
you will create a mood before you open your mouth."
and sometimes that can be enough
to get your audience
exactly in the groove where you want them.
Like last year I wore the same gown for a year everywhere I went.
I wanted people to remember me looking a certain way.
It made it easier for me.
(What was the gown like?)
It was a black crocheted fishnet jumpsuit with a flesh-colored lining.
So when I came onstage...
The appearance was that I was absolutely naked.
I loved that.
It always stopped people enough that
they became mine immediately!
Do you want people to remember you in a certain way?
These people do/did:
Tabloids, red carpet analysis, and other celebrity culture
might have you thinking there is nothing worse,
but I don't think it's so bad.
Don't you have favorites?
Items special that make you feel your best?
Does clothing ever feel like a talisman,
a protective shield?
You might be interested to know this feeling goes beyond superstition and is actually, um, true?
real tests done by real scientists
have noted this phenomenon
and it is referred to as:
Read more about this fascinating work here
at the New York Times.
Back to the "taboo" outfit repeat.
Rent-the-Runway and other services capitalize on this cultural hang-up.
I don't want to rent something for a night.
Something that gets passed woman to woman (or man)
but not in a connected Ya-Ya sisterhood way,
(only guessing, never read book/watched movie).
For example, as a wedding dress
might be passed down, generation to generation.
and how is that not a thing for men?
"Wouldn't y'know it:
I could fit in to my great-grandpa's tux!"
...said no man ever.
(For the record, I'd love to be challenged on that.)
Jumping back to "the Uniform."
Technically, these people may not be in actual uniforms,
but you will always find them in their specific look.
Something so comforting and solid
in the consistency and routine.
Something wonderful happens:
a special alchemy
when you stay true to yourself and what you love.
You end up at your
And when deviation happens,
well that can be special too.
Perhaps one could say,
When the familiar is set on it's side
and a new facet emerges
from the shadows
Or perhaps it's a nightmare... who knows.
If you haven't caught this interview with Fran Leibowitz,
You might also enjoy
this 11 minute interview of
Garance Dore speaking with Emmanuelle Alt
on the power of personal style and owning your look.
***steps off soapbox.***
Do you feel differently?
Have you had great experiences
with rental services?
We'd love to hear your thoughts!
No judging, promise : )
And if you have
stories you'd like to share about your
favorite piece of clothing:
or otherwise -
We'd love to hear your stories!
Get in touch!
Have a wonderful week~
Rehab/cannibalize old cast-off jeans into something new to wear.
August 1 - September 30
All August, guest bloggers will be sharing their refashions to inspire creativity.
Use official hashtag (TBA)
on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest when posting your photos.
The majority of your project must be sourced from jeans (not denim shirts or jackets, unless they are supplementary.)
2 prizes. One winner and one "Special Recognition"
Prizes TBA, but something pretty major and sewing related.
Winners will be selected by The Makery, guest bloggers, and the sponsor.
Participants will be judged on standards of ingenuity, creativity, practicality, and overall finish.
For more details, read full post at The Makery here.
Welcome to The Maker + Mender's Styleposium.
If you're visiting by way of #slowfashionoctober, we are so glad you're here!
Please enjoy this weekly resource for inspiring and informative stories on how we dress and care for our clothing.
Nostalgia hits upon hearing the expression, "Sunday Best."
I love this phrase. Maybe, I'm just a minimalist at heart?
My inner Iris Apfel does not approve...(More is more! Less is a Bore!).
Can one have maximalist style with a minimalist wardrobe?
That would take an expert level of wardrobe mastery.
Fast fashion has enabled us to live in this wacky world in which clothing is disposable and outfit repeats unforgivable.
It hasn't always been this way,
and in fact,
if you find the current conventions disconcerting,
you are in good company -
we are experiencing a major shift.
Some of my favorite conversations on dress:
Nina Simone has a great take on the uniform here with BlankonBlank
If you haven't caught this hilarious interview with Fran Leibowitz,
you are missing out.
Behold, evidence of a time
where we cared and maintained our garments
like the precious objects they are.
Although some of these supplies, like the yarn and fusible patches
may no longer be viable for real mending,
I can't help but collect them as reminders of the way
we were once and it's a bit like time travel.
Call to Writers + Artists:
Inspired and feeling like you have a bit to say on the subject?
is taking submissions yet through 10/16
for their debut zine this December.
Theme: Money, Fashion, Power
For more details, click here.
See you next Monday!
This here is a celebration at the intersection of