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Sandra Nuut
Sandra Nuut on Fashion
04.11.14

Sandra Nuut investigates spaces for contemporary fashion curation inside and beyond the museum, as she analyzes the collision between culture and commerce.

John Thackara
Keep Your Stuff Alive
04.02.14

What would fashion be like if it was more than a an act of consumption with no meaning beyond the point of sale? What kind of system would improve the quality of our fashion experience without increasing the quantity we consume?

John Foster
Shoe Designs Before 1900
John Thackara
Shoe City vs Sole Rebels
01.13.14

Two radically opposed models of development are being born in Ethiopia at the same time. One is small, local, socially fair, and ecologically respectful. The other takes the globalisation of fashion to a new and more destructive level.

John Thackara
A Whole New Cloth: Politics and the Fashion System
01.06.14

In fashion, despite more than 400 eco labels, an incremental ‘do less harm’ approach has addressed the symptoms, but not the principal cause, of our difficulties: an economy based on perpetual growth in a finite world.

Alexandra Lange
L.A. Loves Deborah Sussman
11.08.13

A Kickstarter for an upcming exhibition on the wotk of Deborah Sussman in Los Angeles.

Francesca Granata
“Women’s Work”: An Interview with Judith Thurman
04.01.13

Francsca Granata interviews Judith Thurman about fashion criticism and her own foray into it for The New Yorker.

Alexandra Lange
Bad Taste True Confessions: Erté
Alexandra Lange
Reintroducing the Tilletts
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
11.25.12

Motorcycle club cuts (or vests) and their assorted, colorful club colors (or patches) represent a unique form of American folk art embodying the freedom and nonconformity of bikers.

Rob Walker
On Dapper Dan
11.02.12

A look at the spectacular logo-remix aesthetic of rap-culture style pioneer Dapper Dan.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
07.22.12

Accidental Mysteries is an online curiosity shop of extraordinary things, mined from the depths of the online world and brought to you each week by John Foster, a writer, designer and longtime collector of self-taught art and vernacular photography.

Michael Bierut
I Love the 80s
06.04.12

Miami Vice: the quintessential postmodern design artifact, in all its glory and all its disgrace.

Alexandra Lange
Dress Your Family in Formica and Faux Bois
05.30.12

The materials of architecture and interiors in the fashions of Schiaparelli and Prada.

Alexandra Lange
Frank Lloyd Wright + Katniss Everdeen
John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
Alexandra Lange
A Stitch in Time
08.18.11

Sewing for your daughter, circa 1965.

Laura Weiss
What We Can Learn from Project Runway
07.28.11

As 'Project Runway' launches its 9th season, a designer muses on what she's learned.

William Underhill
Comradettes
06.27.11

New women's fashion collection celebrating history of labor

Rob Walker
Dedigitization
06.08.11

“Digital goods” are increasingly seen as having real value. Increasingly, though, things from the digital world are crossing over into physical manifestations that can be bought and sold.

An Xiao Mina
The Ultra 10 Challenge
05.16.11

Report on ULTRA, a sustainable fashion company founded in Kuala Lumpur.

Alexandra Lange
Onesies and Crime
Julie Lasky
Design Indaba 2011
03.08.11

Review of Design Indaba 2011 conference in Cape Town, South Africa

Alexandra Lange
Bring Back Braids
01.12.11

The True Grit of hairstyles: braids.

Alexandra Lange
From the Cabat to the City
Chappell Ellison
How Do I Know It’s Faux?
12.23.10

If you want to go faux, you might have to call in a fur expert.

Alexandra Lange
My Marimekko Uniform
11.18.10

Wearing Marimekko is like being a walking work of art.

Dana Thomas
132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE
09.15.10

The latest material (and sustainability) adventure from the great Japanese fashion designer.

Jessica Helfand
The Real Skinny on the Real Skinny
09.07.10

The is the first of two essays on the visual nature of body image.

Johanna Blakley
The Costs of Ownership: Why Copyright Protection Will Hurt the Fashion Industry
08.19.10

New copyright protection for fashion designs is only going to hurt an already struggling industry.

Mark Lamster
Dandies at the Ballpark
05.02.10

What, you ask, did the well-dressed gentleman wear to the ballpark in 1870? The sartorially inclined team outfitter might have turned to the lovely "New York Fashions" lithograph above for inspiration.

Jessica Helfand
Better Living Through Artistry
02.17.10

SEWA, a cooperative textile manufacturing company in Ahmedebad, India, is a network of self-employed women.

Alexandra Lange
The Extinction of the Unisex
02.08.10

Now I have a toddler of my own, I'm wishing that children's clothes were more simple, without all the trimming.

Ernest Beck
The Cotton Club
02.03.10

Report on the complex, and sometimes muddled, standards for certifying organic cotton.

Eve M. Kahn
Green Sleeves
12.14.09

Review of “Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion” at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, November 20, 2009 - February 20, 2010.

Owen Edwards
Busted by Colombo, or, the Impediments of Style
12.01.09

The restrained high style of the ad men in Mad Men has revived a painful memory of one of my life-changing moments.

Jane Margolies
Skin
09.28.09

Report on maternity clothes made in Colombia with local labor. (No seamstresses under the age of 50 need apply.)

Ernest Beck
PACT Underwear
08.20.09

Report on PACT, an underwear company that embraces green manufacturing and donates a portion of its revenue to nonprofits.

Mark Lamster
Michael Jackson, Automotive Designer
02.17.09

I know, Michael Jackson has done some terrible things. Tax evasion. Absconding with the Beatles catalog. Child molestation. We Are the World. But this — is design even the word for it?

Rob Walker
Subconscious Warm-Up
10.03.08

The Speedo LZR Racer suits worn by
Michael Phelps and other world-class swimmers. Promoted as a design breakthrough and worn by the most victorious Olympian in history, it offers a potent blend of functional promise and emotional aspiration.

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