Wednesday, July 14, 2010

✂-Designer's Tip of The Day-No Fabric Allowed!

Over the last few months we've had students or interns design our window displays, the challenge- to use materials other than fabric to create a garment.  So far we've had a Magazine Dress, A "Mouth watering" food ad's dress, and the latest has been a "Futuristic techno" dress made of aluminum foil and clear plastic cups.  This has posed quite a challenge and we've stirred a bit of excitement and anticipation in what each Designer will come up with next! 

In 1966 Paco Rabanne made his haute couture debut.  He overturned the common belief that clothes had to use thread and fabric, and shocked many with his use of new materials like plastic as fabric. 
The inorganic, metal "fabric" makes a striking contrast against the skin.  In the 1960's, the metallic glimmer of silver was the center of attention in a variety of fields, such as art and films.

Top Dress- Mini-dress of chrome-plated plastic and steel disks linked by stainless steel rings, Spring/Summer 1969
Middle Top- Pink and white plastic disks and white beads linked by stainless steel rings, c1969
Bottom Dress- Mini-dress made of aluminum plates and bras wire, c1967

If you (or someone you know) would like to participate in this fun little challenge, send an email to  We will put a picture of you and your fabulous design, along with a brief bio about you in the newsletter!

Source- The Collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute, Fashion- A History from the 18th to the 20th Century, Taschen publications.

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