Mikio Sakabe – a special lecture on fashion contests

We were recently visited by designer Mikio Sakabe. He came to talk to us about fashion contests in Japan.  He runs a small fashion school in Tokyo called Coconogacco with Yoshikazu Yamagata, who… Continue reading

I wrote an article about paper clothes

Hello! Starting from today I’ll be co-managing (writing/editing/ Ctrl+c-ing stuff from the internet) this blog with the other PhD student in my lab, Saskia! WELCOME SASKIA. She is studying something very different from… Continue reading

An indigo and sustainability workshop with Elisa Palomino and the Noguchi family

We were visited yesterday by the extremely talented and inspiring Elisa Palmino, who over her long career has worked for Dior, Moschino, and DVF (to name a few). She is now the course leader… Continue reading

Jalouse – free online French magazine archive

Jalouse Magazine has been around since 1921. On this site, you can find every issue of L’officiel de la mode (including ALL international editions), Jalouse, Optimum, and Muteen and maaaaaaaaaany others available to view… Continue reading

Tokyo Halloween on the Street – An Article by our Course Director

The Course Director of the GFC, Professor Yoko Takagi, has recently co-authored a paper on Halloween in Tokyo in Dress, The Journal of the Costume Society of America. Please read it here. If… Continue reading

Kamiko – Paper Clothing Workshops

I’ve started giving workshops on how to make Kamiko – or, clothing made out of Japanese paper in the traditional method. I came upon this knowledge as an offshoot of my PhD research,… Continue reading

The Art Studio of the Mouth – A Guest Workshop

We were visited in April 2017 by Marie Hugsted, from the Textilskolen, in Copenhagen (Denmark, for people who think it is in Sweden ;). Marie is embarking on a government-funded research project to… Continue reading

World Digital Library – Free Books Online

I’m always posting archives of awesome books for you. The internet goes deep, and is full of riches (just don’t go too deep. It’s pretty dark down there). The World Digital Library archive… Continue reading

Somenokomichi – a traditional Japanese textile festival

If you are interested in traditional Japanese textile workshops, traditional Japanese textile dyeing or kimono painting, then you should go to Some-no-Komichi this weekend! It takes place in Tokyo’s Nakai district, an area… Continue reading

FRUiTS is DEAD – an article in Quartz

It’s true. FRUiTS Magazine is no more. …Let’s take a moment of silence… I won’t write anything here about it because Marc Bain did a great job of telling the whole story on… Continue reading