This elaborate, lattice design dress is a collaboration between stage costumier Michael Schmidt and the innovative Francis Bitonti Studio, based in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Schmidt has created stage outfits for some of the most outlandish and exciting performers – from Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Courtney Love and Grace Jones to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and – obviously – Dita Von Teese. Schmidt’s design for the gown is based on the Fibonacci sequence and was 3D modelled by Francis Bitonti, before finally being 3D printed in Nylon by Shapeways. Once the 17 separate pieces of the garment were completed, they were dyed black, lacquered and embellished with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals.Dita also wore the dress at the unveiling at New York’s Ace Hotel last night.Although the cartoon-like burlesque star said that the dress was quite comfortable and ‘super light’, I’m not entirely convinced. Undoubtedly, the dress looks pretty cool, but it seems like it didn’t take her long to change out of the gown into a more practical Roland Mouret shift dress.
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Chanel’s new website and short film show just one of the ways that Coco Chanel was a pioneer within the fashion world, by exploring the history of the fashion house’s debut fragrance, Chanel No 5. Watch the video below or visit the site here.
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Definitely one of my favourite TV ads of the last couple of years. I rediscovered it on Youtube and remembered how much I appreciated this thoughtful and amusing advert.
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If you’re a little picky about textiles, you won’t relish the news that a new man-made fibre has been invented. Every spring, I trawl clothes stores and the internet, scrutinising every floaty garment that I like, ensuring that it’s not made of nylon, polyester, or any other deceptive, quasi-plastic fabric. In a perfect world, I’d probably only ever wear cashmere, cotton and silk. Oh, and leather, suede and fur…sorry PETA.
But that’s why I’m excited about QMilch. It’s a fabric made in Germany, marketed as Milkotex and, yep, It’s made of milk. Sour milk, in fact. It’s odourless, apparently feels like silk, and can be washed like any other fabric. It’s even environmentally friendly – so if you’re one of those self-righteous people who goes on about upcycling and fairtrade cotton, then Milkotex will agree with your “save the world” sensibilities, too.
Invented by Anke Domaske, who is a micro-biologist and fashion designer, the fabric doesn’t require any chemical processes, and is manufactured by heating. The molecules in the milk start creating fibres that can then be processed into clothing. Domaske invented the fabric in order to answer the problem of clothes for people with sensitive skin and allergies – the close-ups of the Qmilch strands show them to be a lot smoother than wool or cotton fibres.
Right now, although a Milkotex dress can be made out of just six litres of milk, it will still set you back around $200. However, in the EU alone, millions of gallons of milk go to waste either because the milk is unfit for human consumption, or because of the Common Agricultural Policy, which is in place to stabilise the cost of dairy products. This milk is often just sprayed onto the fields, but if more of it were to be used in the manufacturing of Milkotex, it could be the most innovative and environmentally friendly fabric in the fashion industry. Not only that, but once manufactured on a large scale it should prove to be incredibly affordable to produce.
So what’s not to love about QMilch? Well, they have some pretty dodgy press shots…
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