I took a break from blogging on this account, not because it doesn’t interest me immensely (I still find it to be incredibly fascinating) but because other things in my life got in the way (hello, college work!). But I would like to get back into writing about these things, I’ve done a little on my other blog but it would be nice to everything on the same platform. So stay tuned…. I may have a few new things up soon. Most of my study in ‘anthropological fashion’ has been done outside of school, I’ve tried to teach myself with access to various studies and articles. And as for the grad school question, I’m still unsure if I’ll be attending, I’ve thought about it but I know the sensible thing for me to do is to take time off before going. I’m still a bit unsure of what I’d like to do as a career and I don’t want to waste time getting a MA that I won’t end up using. Thanks for your message though!
Actually I sort of started using it when I tried to explain what I was interested in within the field of anthropology. Before that it was hard to explain to people who knew nothing about anthropology and/or fashion what I wanted to study. But since I started using this term I’ve seen it in readings and online a little bit. Also, I have to say, that job of being a curator/professor of footwear sounds absolutely amazing! I wish I could say that I went to Parsons but I’m currently at a state university studying anthropology. Though I am hoping to eventually get a MA at an institution like Parsons or LCF. Thanks for your question by the way! :)
This body of work is an exploration of the extent of cultural appropriation and encourages a discussion about it. I give the appropriator and the appropriated the opportunity to defend themselves and create a dialogue between them, while maintaining a neutral stance myself. I am not attacking those who appropriate, merely educating and creating awareness. Neutrality is key in this series, as i remove myself from my political and social status and opinions, stripping the problem to the most basic issue; taking an item that means a great deal to somebody and corrupting it.
Embroidered details in Game of Thrones
‘Michele Carragher is a London-based Hand Embroiderer and Illustrator who has been working in costume on film and television productions for over 15 years. She studied Fashion Design at The London College of Fashion, where the course incorporated design, pattern cutting, garment construction, embroidery, millinery and illustration. At the same time she attended a three year evening course in Saddlery at Cordwainers College learning skills in leatherwork.
After leaving college Michele worked in Textile Conservation, repairing and restoring historical textiles for private collectors and museums, specialising in hand embroidery. She then moved into a career in costume for film and television, initially working as a Costume Assistant/Maker on productions such as the BBC’s Our Mutual Friend, ITV’s David Copperfield and Mansfield Park. She soon gravitated towards the decoration and embellishment of costumes, using skills in hand embroidery and surface decoration, taking inspiration from the many historical textiles she had encountered working as a Textile Conservator.
The first production that saw her undertake the role of a Principal Costume Embroiderer was for HBO’s 2005 Emmy Costume award-winning production of Elizabeth 1. Her most recent work has been on HBO’s 2012 Costume award-winning television series Game of Thrones, working on all three seasons.
As a Costume Embroiderer Michele specialises in hand embroidery and surface embellishment, using traditional hand embroidery techniques, smocking, beading and surface decoration. She works directly onto the completed garment or starts with motifs and textures on silk crepeline/organza, which are applied to the costume and then worked into once on the actual garment. She also works on existing machine embroidery designs that are not too dense, adding some hand stitching and beading to give a more authentic, hand-finished look.
Michele finds hand embroidery has more flexibility and diversity than that of embroidery created by machine, as there is a greater variety of thread choice and colours to use. It is also possible to work more easily on garments that are already constructed. However, machine embroidery in combination with hand work can be very useful when completing many repeats by creating light outlines or a less dense machine stitch, work can then be completed by hand and again can be carried out on a finished garment.
Michele is a highly creative Costume Embroiderer, producing original designs as well as working closely to a costume designer’s brief to create their desired look.’
Text and images from http://www.michelecarragherembroidery.com
God, that embroidery is so gorgeous! I had no idea that third dress was so detailed after seeing it on the show… Amazing work.
Talking back to negative appropriations on TED
General trigger warnings for mentions of rape culture, rape, and sexual violence.
An old, but good interview with Emma Watson on the importance of fair trade while she was in Bangladesh a few years ago.
A sceencap of a fact sheet I made for my Environment & Society class that’s all about sustainable and fair trade fashion. Thought it was a bit timely to share since we discussed the Bangladesh factory collapse in class today and I was the only one who raised their hand when the professor asked if anyone had read about it. Its absolutely heartbreaking that over 700 people have died so far, the largest of its kind ever in the garment industry. Such working conditions are a environmental and human rights violation and its time to make changes that will benefit garment workers rather then just business owners.
The creator of People Tree, Safia Minney, talks with a reporter about the collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh and why it is important to treat workers fairly. This story is absolutely infuriating and I find it mind boggling that more people aren’t questioning where their clothes came from and what conditions they were made in.
I’m sad that Roger Stonehouse’s photo, An Odd Couple, which has been appreciated by cultural anthropologists and sociologists alike as a cultural statement is now the cover for Fall Out Boy’s new CD. Ugh.
Pre-1930 Woodworth Fiancee Arrowhead shape compact
So I truly have the most thoughtful mother, I had told her a few months ago I wanted to start a vintage compact collection and she remembered this while picking out one of my birthday presents. I received this present in the mail for my birthday today! It still has a small tin of (what I think) is blush and its powder puff. I adore it and it was a great way to start off my collection!