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.
November is coming to a close and with that comes the end of Native American Heritage Month.
Capping it off, is a hopeful story of collaboration and sustainability.
Read more here about Metis artist,
and how luxury Italian label,
collaborated with her for their
2016 resort collection.
That's how you do it, folks.
Below, a small selection
posted on Vogue.
a good read by
Theresa Avila at Mic, called
"Native American Designers
Are Behind More Clothes
Than You May Realize."
You'll recognize the work of costume designer, Pilar Agoyo and perhaps be surprised by others - hello, First Lady fashioner, Frankie Welch!
…only if we can produce beautiful things that remind people of our responsibilities as human beings to the environment and to each other."
That concludes this weeks post!
See you next week for more inspiring stories and resources on personal style and slow fashion.
Until then, you know where to find us!
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.
Hello dear Constituents of Style. Thank you for visiting.
If you're new to Styleposium,
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It will make our day, for reals.
Is there anything more sartorially American, than denim?
Celebrate this cloth of humble origin, by checking out Jean Stories.
We are big fans of this "jeanius" (ha, get it? sorrynotsorry...thanks Portia Lawrie of The ReFashioners!) story about Erin Hogan-Braker and how the Brittany Spear's, "Slave for You" jeans got the ball rolling on her tailoring education and amazing career.
More great style love stories to inspire you here.
Ms. Hogan-Braker is also a Bernina Ambassador and has some excellent video tutorials here.
Ah, girl crush....
THE MATERIAL IS ALIVE.
Have you ever complimented a friend's garment, or been on the receiving end, only to hear yourself or the other say, "oh, this is so old."
Old, as if that's a bad thing.
We beg to differ and know that
Ali of A Noble Savage would too.
Check out his beautiful collections in this interview he did with StyleLikeU.
Beware: StyleLikeU is an amaaaaazing project that will have you down the rabbit hole of awesome for daaaayyyysssssss.
Best clear your schedule immediately..
Understatement of the year:
Garance Dore is a huge influence to Styleposium
and every other fashion blogger out there.
Fashion lover and multi-talented illustrator, photographer, and writer, Garance Dore has been charming a global audience with her eponymous, award-winning blog for years and last year she came out with her book, LovexStylexLife. Last week, her and her team did a style story on artist and model, Langley Fox.
Read about it here.
Seamstress + Patagonia collaborator, Barbara Heinze Keeps Your Stuff Alive:
Keep 'em coming Patagonia! If you're not familiar with Patagonia's Worn Wear campaign, see this former post.
We almost described this as homework, since the documentary is much longer than the 5-15 minutes videos we usually share, but know that it is totally worth it.
Add "Tailored Stories - An Oral History of Savile Row" to your list of must-watch movies.
So if you ever wonder why suits are so expensive,
there you have it:
they are Ferrari's for the body.
See you next week!
This here is a celebration at the intersection of