Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Ada Zanditon

Ada Zanditon uses a range of organic and natural fabrics as well as innovative waste reducing and energy conscious solutions to create sculptural, elegant fashion. The fabrics she uses are ethically sourced and builds personal relationships with small units that manufacture the clothing. All the fabrics she uses are dyed with AZO-free dyes, which mean they won't turn into cancer causing chemicals.

Ivana Helsinki

Ivana Helsinki
Finnish IVANAhelsinki is an independent art and fashion brand.
Behind the brand is the artist Paola Ivana Suhonen whose work includes prints, graphics, short movies, art direction - everything that is involved with the visuals. Paola runs the family-owned company with older sister Pirjo.

Monday, 14 February 2011

BBC2 Programme - Cool Hunters: Levi's

TD4F Level 4 Students: Slow Fashion
BBC2 Programme - Cool Hunters: Levi's

Please watch this video as part of your initial research for unit 3.
Second programme of a three-part documentary on those employed to spot future trends in food and clothing. Christine Detlefsen and Frederik Willems are the designers behind Levi's 'Engineered' jeans range, which halted a slump that had left the company in debt. The program follows the duo scouring the world for new ideas and materials, to create a successful follow-up line. Please Note: you can only view when logged onto the MMU network.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn recycles militarily parachutes and turns them into whimsical creations for a rainy day. You can find his pieces in both Liberty and Browns in London.

Levi Strauss & Co

Levi Strauss & Co
According to Levi Strauss & Co, sustainability is deeply embedded into their products and are currently aiming to reach beyond the boundaries of the company to influence not only what people wear but the way people think, act and care for our planet. Their website presents current projects and ideas illustrating how the company is addressing these issues, including the current waterless project:

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Big Ideas That Changed The World - Consumerism

Jonathon Porritt talks about how consumerism has created unsustainable inequalities and threatens to tear apart the fabric of our society. He explains why he thinks consumerism is now more powerful than any cause or even religion and how it has reached into every corner of the globe."Our love of shopping, quite literally, threatens the end of the world as we know it today. As our population grows and we go on consuming more and more, the eco-systems on which we depend are now close to collapse. It's all down to the power of modern consumerism". Jonathon Porritt

Oat Shoes

At Amsterdam’s International Fashion Week, Oat shoes presented its “Virgin Collection,” a line of bio-degradable shoes that can be planted in the ground to sprout trees. Its materials break down easily and the seeds are embedded somewhere inside the design. The concept won second prize at the Green Fashion competition. OAT Shoes was founded by designer Christiaan Maats. One of its goals is to help people connect with the environment in imaginative ways.

The North Circular

The North Circular
This luxury eco-friendly knitwear label was founded by English model Lily Cole and friends, Katherine Poulton, Alice Ashby and Isobel Davies. The brand rescues rare Wensleydale Longwool sheep, which graze on organic land whilst a team of knitting 'grannies, girls and a few strong men' turn their super-soft wool into ready-to-wear garments and accessories.

Joanne Peacock

Joanne Peacock is a twenty two year old illustrator and fashion designer based in London. Her clients include Chicks on Speed, Oxfam, and the BBC to name a few.

List of Trend Forecasting Sites

Mpdclick is an online fashion trend forecasting service for design, fashion and retail professionals. They offer global creative intelligence which follows changing fashion and consumer trends.
MMU students You now have access to the MPD Click Trend site. To access the service, go to this link:
Click on "Access the service"
Enter normal MMU Log in details
Note down MPD Click's special username and password (these are regularly changed)
Continue to service (MPD site), click on "sign in" (on the left) and enter the username and password that has just been noted down.

Cool Hunting interprets stuff from around the world. Their global team of editors and contributors sift through innovations in design, technology, art and culture for those looking for inspiration.

Trendwatching is a Netherlands-based forecasting agency which offers free trend updates to subscribers on a monthly basis

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Gary Graham

Gary Graham Gary Graham Spring Summer garments are designed to be worn either individually or combined and layered interchangeably to create multiple wardrobe options and colour combinations. The incorporation of quilting, embroidery, patina and patchwork with chunky knits and leathers create a highly individualized look with impeccable finish. Signature prints and jacquards are designed to incorporate visual clues that articulate the underlying themes of each collection.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Si Scott

Si Scott is a UK based Illustrator. Although his intricate hand drawings look like he uses the computer, his unique style requires little to no technology to complete his drawing and believes:
"Computers are great as a tool but I do believe that a lot of people rely on them far too much."

Moo Printfinity

Moo Printfinity offer packs of bussiness cards each one displaying a different image. Interesting way to present a mini portfolio...