Author: Una Støke

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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Motorbike Gangs of Marrakech

Fashion in the Middle East (or in this case, the Maghreb) can be a difficult.  Some of my favourite designers are of Middle Eastern origin, including Azzadine Aläia from Tunis or Hussein Chalayan from Turkey.  The plain black burqa often hides a stunning Chanel or Prada outfit underneath while the hijab can be scarves of startling beauty. In Marrakech, however, one of the most interesting blends of traditional Islamic dress and modern pop culture has been documented by the British-Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajja in a stunning exhibit at the Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York. This slideshow requires JavaScript. The style...

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Floral St

My locationPrint Close To truly know a city, you must wander its streets.  As a devotee of Paris, I had ridden the Metro when traipsing through the City of Light, but when I started using the Velib, my knowledge of the city radically shifted.  The relationship between various neighbourhoods was made clearer  to me and the city suddenly became much more intimate. When Benedictus invited me to London, I had the same problem.  My experience had either been in limos or the Tube so I have set it upon myself to reacquaint myself with London with my feet.  In this...

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