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Tres Chique – 8 Bit Fashionary [Images]

Posted in illustration by aldorf on August 18, 2011

Featuring the likes of Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf and Alexander McQueen these retro graphics are a far cry from the high-end couture they represent. More images (via It’s Nice That)


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Grow Your Own Clothes – Experiments with Kombucha-Based Material

Posted in art, fashion, food, innovation, pioneers by aldorf on May 11, 2011

Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing. The process is fascinating, the results are beautiful (though there’s still one minor drawback …) and the potential is simply stunning.

Fashion designer Suzanne Lee directs the BioCouture research project, which sprang from an idea in her book Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe, a seminal text on fashion and future technologies. Her research harnesses nature to propose a radical future fashion vision: Can we grow a dress from a vat of liquid?

Using bacterial-cellulose, Lee aims to address pressing ecological and sustainability issues around fashion and beyond. A Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, she is working with scientists to investigate whether synthetic biology can engineer optimized organisms for growing future consumer products

“I’m also creating new bacterial-cellulose composite swatches looking at eco-substrates like hemp. This month I’m teaching an exciting project exploring systems and synthetic biology to postgraduate textile and industrial design students alongside eminent scientists from Cambridge University.” Suzanne Lee

Astonishing! Silk, The Ancient Material Of The Future

Posted in art, conference, design, innovation, pioneers by aldorf on May 11, 2011

Fiorenzo Omenetto shares 20+ astonishing new uses for silk, one of nature’s most elegant materials — in transmitting light, improving sustainability, adding strength and making medical leaps and bounds. On stage, he shows a few intriguing items made of the versatile stuff.

Fiorenzo Omenetto is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and leads the laboratory for Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics and Biophotonics at Tufts University. His research spans nonlinear optics, nanostructured materials (such as photonic crystals and photonic crystal fibers), biomaterials and biopolymer-based photonics. Most recently, he’s working on high-tech applications for silk.

A Visual Life – Beautiful Short About “The Sartorialist”

Posted in blog, fashion, film, Media by aldorf on April 26, 2011

Thanks Tyler Manson (Director) and Intel (Visual Life Series) for this shortfilm about a man visually articulating his vision of style and photography. Enjoyed it very much!

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Biodegradable Sneakers by OAT

Posted in design, fashion by aldorf on February 3, 2011

OAT is a young innovative shoes company founded two years ago by designer Christiaan Maats with the aim to create products that connect people with their environment in an imaginative way. That’s why in every product there is a story for the buyer to share.
The guys at OAT explain: “Our goal is to make products that are part of the planet we party on. We all like the nice bits in fashion, so why not make those bits fully biodegradable?” It comes of no surprise that for such an innovation OAT had to spend two years in search of the most appropriate materials, focusing at the same time on clean design: “The challenge was to make a sneaker that’s got fresh style, with materials that break down when you bury them. There were no real alternatives on the market, so we had to develop and source our own materials and processes. Available in European stores this spring in a limited edition run of 900 pieces.

Amazing “Reanimation” Couture Concept

Posted in fashion by aldorf on July 3, 2010

Here is the concept of Schmidttakahashi, taking pieces from the clothing bank and tagging each item with an RFID chip. That way you know exactly who donated what item. Then stitching the pieces back together to a new fashion collection. Because you have all the data you can track back who donated which part of the new clothes. Think about it, over generations you could recirculate the materials and always “reanimate” fashion. A sustainable and very intriguing concept using current technology. An entire new business model including designers and donators. Fashion industry…you are onto something.

Studio Von Birken [Design]

Posted in design, fashion by aldorf on January 27, 2010

Studio von Birken
446 Kent Ave #12D
Brooklyn, NY, 11211, USA

Wendy & Jim

Posted in blog, fashion, photography by aldorf on January 12, 2010

photos by Lukas Gansterer.

Wendy & Jim was found in 1999 from Hermann Fankhauser and Helga Schania. They met each other at the university of applied arts during their fashionstudyHelga and Herman had teachers like Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, wich was supporting their work from the beginnig

1999 they participated at the Festival De La Mode in hyeres, after this experience they started showing their work during paris fashionweek.

Wendy & Jim was invited to do collaborations with brands like Comme des Garcon, Nike, Levis or artists like Peter Kogler.

Beside the runwayshows they are invited to to performances and exhibitions all over the world in galeries and museums (Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musee Picasso, Barcelona, Haramuseum, Tokyo, CCAC, San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai.

Since 2005 they are headdesigners of the licona fashion group, a mensfashioncompany of austria, wellknown for ceremonysuits and tuxedos.

Wendy & Jim on Facebook, Student Portfolios

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on December 22, 2009

Claudia Aguilar’s portrait studies 06-08 (HFK Bremen)

3iarts is a platform by students for students to show their work online. It shows the international, interdisciplinary and integrative work of many discliplines as design, digital media, music, and many other sub-disciplines. Browse through the network, and link your work.

Civilist, Berlin

Posted in art, fashion by aldorf on December 22, 2009

A new store/gallery opened right across my house couple weeks ago. A project by Alex Flach and Andreas Hesse.

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