Health & Safety: Tourist Photography

Friday Night is Health & Safety film night with Professor Mal Archaic. Tonight’s humorous film: tourist photography Continue reading Health & Safety: Tourist Photography

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Fashion future – Alexa Chung

In this Vogue video (available on Youtube), Alexa Chung is a charming and personable guide though the world of fashion as a career and industry.  Total must-see for anyone even potentially possibly vaguely interested in fashion as a career.

In series one, Alexa talks and walks us through:

  • her experience moving from being a model into behind the scenes
  • how new upcoming British designers are spotted and sponsored by British Fashion Council with the programme New Gen
  • Studying fashion is a more expensive course because you have to make a Collection of clothes

This is 2015 and, speaking to new designer and New Gen success, Christopher Kane, the elephant in the room for me is Alexa’s skinny size.  Everytime she shows her legs or Continue reading “Fashion future – Alexa Chung”

Collecting your thoughts

What would happen if you did a little sketch daily?  Or a little sentence?  And what if you didn’t hide them in a notebook, but PUT THEM UP on a wall, to see?

I found this artist’s video interview today – she is talking about her exhibition (on urban decay) but she could have been talking about the price of pickles in aisle nine – my whole attention was riveted on what was hanging on the wall – 190 tiny paintings, pegged up in lines.

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Lisa O'Neill

Meet a tonic: Lisa O’Neill

I have just met Lisa O’Neill via the internet – she is a breath of fresh air and a newfound female friend.  A mum of 4 kids, lively, loving life and encouraging women to take responsibility for their own lives and happiness. Why? “I spent 25 years in the fashion industry, with all these unhappy women and they weren’t in charge of their stuff.  And … Continue reading Meet a tonic: Lisa O’Neill

Couture Knitting (and tattoos), Scotland: Di Gilpin

Di Gilpin, a self-taught knitting designer in Scotland, speaks in this video about her collaboration with couture designers, including her shrug inspired by the White Witch in “the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – and the tattoes of a Russian warrior princess.  As she points out, with a lacey knit worn over bare skin, the effect is of tattoes on the skin.

Watch from 90 minutes in. (It’s a long vlogcast).

(The video is by the knitting vlog, Fruity Knitting)

As well as knitting a grey shrug to mimic tattoes, Di also designed a featured full-length, red knitted ballgown, with a tabard full of Scottish symbols “Including a lovely Continue reading “Couture Knitting (and tattoos), Scotland: Di Gilpin”

Film Review: “The Gospel according to Andre”

Andre Leon Talley is a 20th century fashion icon: former creative director at Vogue, friend of many designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Fustenberg and fashion editors Anna Wintour and Diana Vreeland….. I’m just back from viewing the documentary on him at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  Here’s the trailer:

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