Friday 5: Five Stories That Changed The Way We Think About Fashion

Every week we put together our Friday 5 -five stories that compel us to read the lead sentence to the last sentence of an article. Here are our top 5 this week.

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Is Modern India Ready for a Textile Makeover?

“Often termed as the ‘birthplace’ of international investment in terms of labour and garment production, India offers an indigenous mix of design and culture through its textile industry. Yet with the growth of technology, many Indian designers are experimenting with machine made embroidery and digital prints that not only cut down the lengthy hand weaving process but also enhance their handwoven fabrics with a fresher look. In the day and age where handloom is regarded as couture and technology as a residue of pop culture, is there a possibility of maintaining a middle ground to incorporate new methods while keeping the traditional elements intact?”

Read the full article here on Not Just a Label.

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The Woman Who Makes the Met’s Fashion Exhibits Presentable

“‘I’m going to do my favorite trick, everyone,’ Sarah Scaturro announces to the conservators working quietly in the Costume Institute’s lab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She crosses the room, flicks a switch, and the clean, white light filling the room downgrades to a dark, warm cast…Scaturro is the head conservator at the Costume Institute, the fashion-focused department of the Met that has mounted blockbuster shows like “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” and “China: Through the Looking Glass,” and that derives much of its funding from the annual Met Gala spearheaded by Anna Wintour. Any piece that goes on display has gotten the seal of approval from Scaturro’s team.”

Read the full article here on Racked.

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Your Clothes Are Poisoning The Oceans

“The fibers in our clothes could be poisoning our waterways and food chain on a massive scale. Microfibers – tiny threads shed from fabric – have been found in abundance on shorelines where waste water is released. Now researchers are trying to pinpoint where these plastic fibers are coming from.
In an alarming study released Monday, researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara found that, on average, synthetic fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfibers each wash. It also found that older jackets shed almost twice as many fibers as new jackets. The study was funded by outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia, a certified B Corp that also offers grants for environmental work.”

Read the full article here on the Brooklyn Fashion+Design Accelerator.

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Céline (left) and Zara (right)

Fast Fashion Brands Go to Great Lengths to Emulate High(er) Fashion Ones

“In line with the notion that fashion is far more about the brands than the individual garments and accessories, themselves, these days, it makes a lot of sense that fast fashion retailers have taken to copying more than just runway looks and are bringing in larger brand elements, as well. Consider Spanish fast fashion brand, Zara. In addition to consistent attempts to recreate Céline garments for a tiny fraction of the price, it is hardly a coincidence that an array of its ad campaigns mirror the look and feel of Céline campaigns, right down to the models.”

Read the full article on The Fashion Law.

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Shinola’s Founder Shows How Contradictory the FTC’s “Made in the USA” Regulations Are

“On June 16, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wrote a letter to Shinola, the Detroit-based manufacturer of watches, bicycles, and leather goods, solidifying its position that the brand should not be using the slogans “Built in the USA” or “Built in Detroit,” as it currently does. That’s too bad, because the descriptions are entirely accurate. But according to the FTC, they’re misleading, because Shinola—like pretty much any company still manufacturing products in the US—is doing so with parts that come from elsewhere…”

Read the full article on Quartz.