Shibori Girl

Shibori Girl writes –

“this silk started out white, like winter snow
then it became dark-like midnight

lights and darks, hills and valleys formed
and greens in many shades and hues swept across the land”

Here are two photos to entice you.

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Fashion-Incubator time….

No one could love Kathleen Fasanella more that we love her.  We are SURE of that!!  Kathleen is a champion to all DEs and she works tirelessly (not that she never gets tired from it) on our behalf.  If she charged for all of her offerings, she would be richer than Solomon.  But her blog is FREE.  Our students are required to read Kathleen’s blog.  About 10% of them actually do it.  But you know what they say about the top 10%… they are always on top!


So for those of you in the Top Ten Percent, here are a few direct links so you can catch up on some of the things we need to be doing.  Do you recall us talking about the CPSIA?  Do you recall that you were instructed to go and read about it?  Hopefully you did that reading.  Below is a link that gives a really brief overview of the information.

From and old post on the Injury Board National News Desk (a site that no longer exists), entitled “Mom-based Garment Industry May Be Hardest Hit by New Safety Regulations” you can see how complex it can be to stay legal and compliant in children’s wear.
Here is a link to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that we are posting just to show how difficult it can be to find out what is necessary to be compliant.
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Kathleen is not only brilliant and useful, she is funny.  This post on Fashion-Incubator hooks us up with a Slate post about Betsy Ross (definitely an early DE!)
No one who is serious about this business should miss reading this post on Standard Work.  And if time ever permits, take the Reverse Engineering tour of posts.
Kathleen also keeps her readers up-to-date on trade shows that enhance your knowledge, offer opportunities for networking, and give you a chance to attend a meet-up with like-minded DEs.
So start to save your pennies, nickels and dimes so you can attend the next Texprocess Americas in May 2016.  You could not possibly find a better way to spend your education dollars.  In the meantime, make sure you read any reviews you can find on these industry trade shows.
An aside: TSNN (Trade Show News Network) has an interesting post about webinars as a way to get more bang for the buck on trade show seminars (like the ones we are watching with Mercedes Gonzalez)  and a one hour webinar on how to make your trade shows sustainable, Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good.
Now back to Fashion-Incubator to finish, we are going to look at some posts that should give you a very clear picture of the complexities that are a natural part of a small apparel company.  Kathleen opens the first of three posts like this, “By way of introducing a new head-hurting series (sorry), let’s start with a quiz.”  Part One and Part Two of Ordering Sizes for Production are up next.

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While Desmond Morris is watching. . . Kate Bush re-appears.

The Human Animal by Desmond Morris – The Language of the Body could be an invaluable aid to you if you plan to travel the world for sourcing or for leisure.  If you have six minutes, take a look – it could save your life.

If you have a few extra minutes, in this version of The Language of the Body, around seven minutes into the film, you can see the confusion that can arise from head nodding or shaking.

This post also accidentally became a post about youth and aging.  Click on and you will see what we mean.  Well, it does happen to ALL of us — aging is one of our inescapable realities as any kind of animal.

The Human Animal – Beyond Survival is one of the best references we can find for learning about us.  We have watched it for years in Fashion History.  This version varies somewhat but all of the key points are still made.

A later version of Desmond Morris introducing The Artistic Ape

If you would like to see Desmond himself when he was younger, look at this interview with Kate Bush “back in the day”.

Wuthering HeightsAnd keeping on the Kate Bush bandwagon, you may want to spend some time getting to know her history.  You may better understand the nature of music history and influence.  The Kate Bush Story (2014 BBC Documentary) takes us back to 1978.  At least watch the first ten minutes, then IF you can stop, turn it off.  Elton John is just one of the people who talks about Kate.  If you make it to to 12:02 you will get to see the last performance of Ziggy Stardust.  And if you make it all the way to 14:58, you will see how important it could be to get over shyness.  Eighteen minutes in you get to the analogy of the voice as fabric.  Hmmm, it all comes around. And if you make it twenty minutes into the documentary, you may begin to wonder how much Kate may have influenced even the Cirque du Soleil.  At 27:00 Babooshka may give you an early Gaga moment.  43:22 tells us, “Creativity comes from the freedom to fail and the freedom to fail comes from experimentation and that is what gives something its individuality.”   Oh… just a few moments more and you can hear Kate with Peter Gabriel and, wow, even hear how Elton John’s life was changed by Kate.  And PLEASE get to 45:14 to hear that others believe in the power of the classics of literature — Wuthering Heights and James Joyce’s Ulysses.  Go ahead, watch all the way to the 59:00 mark and perhaps you will go on to be your own artist, inspired by inspiration itself.

Wuthering Heights Kate Bush Other: Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1979)

Wuthering Heights is a song based on the novel by Emily Brontë.

Google Images of “Wuthering Heights” book covers Wuthering Heights 1 “Wuthering Heights” – the novel, you can read the entire novel here

The Reader’s Guide to the “Wuthering Heights”

Kate Bush BBC Documentary 1979 – The Tour of Life

Kate Bush – The Kick Inside – full album

Kate Bush Re-Appears in 2012

Kate Bush Opening Night of her return August 2014

If you go off and read Wuthering Heights, come back and listen to this version Man sings “Wuthering Heights” in original key

Kate Bush – The Whole Story (19 videos)

Kate Bush – Cloudbusting (which could lead you to Wilhelm Reich)Wuthering-Heights-Emily-Brontë-1“Out on the winding, windy moors We’d roll and fall in green You had a temper like my jealousy Too hot, too greedy How could you leave me When I needed to possess you? I hated you. I loved you, too Bad dreams in the night You told me I was going to lose the fight Leave behind my wuthering, wuthering Wuthering heights Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window

Wuthering Heights HeathcliffHeathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home. I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window Ooh, it gets dark! it gets lonely On the other side from you I pine a lot. I find the lot falls through without you I’m coming back, love Cruel Heathcliff, my one dream My only master
Wuthering Heights Cathy reading Linton lettersToo long I roam in the night I’m coming back to his side, to put it right I’m coming home to wuthering, wuthering Wuthering heights Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window Ooh! let me have it Let me grab your soul away Ooh! let me have it Let me grab your soul away You know it’s me Cathy! (Repeat 3X) Heathcliff, it’s me, Oh Cathy I’ve come home, I’m so cold! Let me in-a-your window
Songwriters: Bush, Kate
Wuthering Heights lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

Name Dropping

Official Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole

Because words have always meant so much; because dolls and ghouls have had their influence for hundreds of years; and, because A Monster High Fashion Show let’s us know that Freaky Just Got Fabulous

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Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid


A delightful tour of Radiant Orchid, Pantone 2014 Color of the Year. While you are at it, Google Image Radiant Orchid.

Originally posted on Revelation Productions:

It’s official, our clients are trendsetters! For the past year we have been bringing weddings and corporate events to life with colored lighting.  It wasn’t until now that we knew Radiant Orchid would be the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year!

Here are our thoughts on how to Incorporate Radiant Orchid into your 2014 events:

1) Accents 


Put your man to be in a radiant orchid tie or bow tie, maybe it will bring out his eyes!


How about some radiant orchid shoes, they would look beautiful peeking out from under your dress…

Source: Belle The Magazine


There are a million ways to turn your wedding or event cake into a trendy display of radiant orchid!

Source: Belle The Magazine


You can’t go wrong with a true orchid to complement your groomsmen’s tuxes!

Ask Cynthia: Wedding Blog

2) Flowers

ImagePut a little color in your elegant photo backdrop by adding…

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Wolf Form – dress forms and measurements you need.

We wanted to post a link to Wolf Form for those of you who need to get started with a dress form.

We have been using Wolf Form for over 30 years and we do love them.  They have been very reliable in terms of quality and durability (and we should know!!).

Wolf FormsStart with a browse of the company and their “About” page.  You will see that these forms are used by companies such as Ralph Lauren, Juicy Couture, Donna Karan, F.I.T., Pratt, Parsons/New School, Neiman Marcus, Savannah College Of Art & Design, as well as El Paso Community College. Wolf Form has appeared on Good Morning America, in Glamour Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Threads Magazine,  Vanity Fair, and others.

Wolf LogoThe web page also has a link to their measurements on many different size ranges, including Missy, Juniors, Girls, Boys, Infants, Men and more.  These measurements are a great place to start.  Over time, the preferred industry sample sizing may change (i.e. – from an 8 to a 4) so you may need to upgrade every few decades just to get the right sample size in your dress form for draping.  In terms of wear and tear, these dress forms really last a lifetime.

Wolf half scale

We also use the Wolf half scale dress forms for our flat pattern making classes.  These half scale forms help students (and designers) to save money by first creating in half scale to experiment or see the hang and swing of a garment. We had our half scale forms created as one half the size of our standard dress forms and it works perfectly.

For those of you with CAD systems, you can plot at .5 and get your full scale patterns in half scale for preliminary testing.  Give it a try!

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Magda’s new website

Magda’s new website and her Gallery 722

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Nigel Chia treats us to a short video of his work.

Four minutes and thirty eight seconds of creativity are loaded into this video.  We would love to know the amount of time it took to create this lovely piece.

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