Month: May 2014

Hats, People Aren’t Wearing Enough of Them

Up until the late ’50s, a hat was an integral part of a man’s wardrobe, but the ’60s through the well-made hat into a tailspin with the floppy leather thing-a-ma-bob and the beanie.  The informality and the influence of sports has essentially reduced hat wearing to beanies and baseball caps.  For much of 19th century America and the UK, the hat symbolised not only economic class but also could distinguish ethnic groups in the urban context.  Martin Scorsese brings this out so richly in his epic film Gangs of New York, which in fact could be an ode to...

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The Dart Example

The name of our site originates from two sewing techniques designed to shape a flat piece of cloth to the curvatures of the human body.  Pleats extend outward and give volume; darts extend inward and reduce volume. This fascinating top uses a dart vertically across the chest that becomes a tie knot.  The subtlety of the fabric emphasises the complexity and irony of the seamstress.  Truly a work of art. Designer is unknown....

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The Beauty Project

Several years ago, Dove rocked the beauty industry with a video illustrating how the industry plays loosely with truth when it comes to models. Although the “photoshopping” of magazine covers and spreads had been common knowledge throughout the industry (and probably known by anyone who had ever used Photoshop), the public backlash created a profound effect.   A number of other people have taken it upon themselves to look further at the issue and its pervasiveness continues to have the same profound influence on our perception of primarily women in the context of contemporary beauty. The conflict between the...

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