fashion is dead! a manifesto by Lidewij Edelkoort

I first saw trend forecaster Li Edelkoort when she came to Bunka in 2010 to give a trend forecast presentation. I really wanted to ask her about sustainability, because she hadn’t mentioned anything about… Continue reading

Made better in Japan – an article from the Wall Street Journal

Through making this blog I am very lucky to be contacted by many people who wish to come to Japan to study fashion here in Tokyo. I usually have the pleasure of asking… Continue reading

Hari-Kuyo, the Needle funeral

Respect your tools. Every time you break a needle or bend a pin you’re putting to rest a tiny little collaborator in your creative ventures. On February 7th or 8th every year (on… Continue reading

On critiquing

I still wake up in the middle of the night and jot ideas in to a notebook, only to forget about them later. I have trouble with paperwork, I can’t remember appointments unless I… Continue reading

SEWING WITH STRETCH – a site dug up using the internet archive

This is one of my favorite sites, but the person who ran it took it down a few years ago. Luckily there is a tool that will keep everything on the internet alive until… Continue reading

Free Fashion Design textbooks

LOOK WHAT A STUMBLED UPON BY ACCIDENT ON THE INTERNET. Again, I didn’t put any of these up, I’m just sharing them here with you for the purposes of spreading knowledge and perhaps… Continue reading

200 years of latex clothing – an article

Hello all! Sorry I’ve been incommunicado for so long. I’ve just taken up a new job and have been looking for a new house so things have been very busy. Add end-of-term business… Continue reading

In praise of shadows – an essay

This essay was written in 1933 (Translated to English in 1977) by Junichiro Tanizaki, a very well-known post-war Japanese author and essayist who wrote about all kinds of things from Modernity and Japanese… Continue reading

Making tree rings in fabric – surface design tutorial

I love materials. Often, the material just tells me what to do and I listen it. I don’t really have a choice, and the design becomes a collaboration. But sometimes you can wrangle… Continue reading

Woodblock Printing in Bagru - an internship

This post is about the experience of our first-year student Pooja Chadha, who spent the summer working in a textile factory in Bagru, Rajasthan, an Indian city famous for it’s printing technique. Pooja… Continue reading