Top 5 Textiles of the Future

Many designers are now integrating hi-tech fabrics, such as protective and impact-resistant textiles, or cellulose fabrics, with ground breaking results. Embracing new processes such as biomimicry, they bridge the gap between art, design, technology, and sustainability more than any other material. Over the last decade the textile industry has achieved a successful transformation toward developers, manufacturers and distributors of high value adding products for a very broad range of geographical and sectoral end markets. Fashion designers and engineers are collaborating to develop innovative “smart textiles,” or garments that merge fashion and technology. Here are the Top 5 textiles of the future:

• Two dresses that were created in the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y, were produced without any pigments or dyes. The colors were created by coating cotton fibers with nanoparticles and manipulating the way matter and light interacts between the particles.

• Abbey Liebman, a design student at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a dress made with conductive cotton that can charge an iPhone via solar panels.

• Researchers at the Textile Nanotechnology Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. are using nanoscience to create garments that can filter hazardous gases and industrial toxic chemicals.

• There is a new research in the merging between nanoscience and fashion design to color garments without using any dyes, and to add antibacterial properties to clothing. Designer Olivia Ong, created textiles colored with nanoparticles and are capable of killing 99.9999% of bacteria. These dresses were created at the Textile Nanotechnology Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

• Researchers have for the first time, developed a smart textile from carbon nanotube and spandex fibers that can both sense and move in response to a stimulus like a muscle or joint. Lead researcher Dr Javad Foroughi from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) explains that recent work allowed them to develop smart clothing that simultaneously monitors the wearer’s movements, senses strain, and adjusts the garment to support or correct the movement.

5 Ways to Look Totally Chic at the Office

Let’s be honest, some people are just not into Mondays. maybe IT’S the routinE OR THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE TO WAKE UP EARLY. for women sometimes it becomes boring to pick out outfits everynight, have the perfect hair and look pretty at 5am or 7am. it really is a hard job to be a girl. However, for lots of women, the idea of flaunting a new purchase at the office can change this answer.

Fashion is something a most women live and breathe; it’s something that drives them and inspires them most days. Planning your outfit the night before or putting it together in the mornings can give you the boost you need to start and end –who doesn’t love getting the perfect day-to-night outfit ready for Friday– your week on a good note
. What are the basic rules to apply if you want to look très chic at the office every day without getting bored of your wardrobe? Office wear has never been easier! Just follow this expert advice and you’ll be the talk of the town among your co workers:
⦁ Going with a classic look –little black dress, neutral pantsuit, pencil skirt– will always be the safe choice for work wear. However, there are ways to spice up this look with a statement piece. Try wearing a fun and colorful accessory to go with your outfit: a bright pink purse or belt, a very dramatic –and big– necklace, a pair of fantastic metallic heels, a colorful blouse, or long and sparkly earrings. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit! It won’t hurt you to try new things.
⦁ If your job is more relaxed, you can always go for the casual business look, but be careful, casual is not to be confused with sloppy! The secret to this look is being able to look both comfortable and business-like at the same time. If you’re wearing jeans, always favor heels and a feminine blouse to go with it. A blazer and a great looking bag can also complete this look. You can also have some fun with accessories, but be careful not to overdo it, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree.
⦁ If your thing is fashion and you know how to mix up different styles, the careless chic look is for you. You might look a bit disheveled to the untrained eye, but you know you’re the queen of street fashion in the flesh. What characterizes this look is the clash of different styles: playing with shapes –wearing both oversized and fitted pieces– and mixing up masculine and feminine pieces with heels, boots, or oxfords.
⦁ The simple and feminine look is exactly what it sounds like, wearing simple and cute clothes to the office. Flowy skirts, thin belts, summer dresses, minimalistic accessories, cute flats, and flirty blouses are all a big part of this beautiful look. Neutral colors are always a must here, but don’t be afraid to use a leopard print or flower pattern with your gorgeous white flowy skirt once in a while.
⦁ If you’re more of a risk taker, the edgy look is for you. This style is more appropriate for women working creative jobs and whose office attire guidelines are less strict. However, a little bit of edge never hurt anyone, if it’s on a low-scale, you can probably get away with it. Play with your statement pieces and maybe wear more than one. Using leather, mixing different prints, bold lip colors, knee-high boots, and maybe even some transparencies are key to achieving this badass look.
Don’t be afraid to try these looks for the office and spicing up your work wardrobe! Remember you can always mix up your basic clothes with some statement pieces. Being creative and feeling great about yourself are the only two things that matter in the end. So what will you be wearing tomorrow to work?

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Fashion History, 15th century jewellery

picmonkey-image-jewelshey guys, this is part of the FASHION HISTORY SERIES i’m writing, I also focused this post on 15h century England. and what goes perfect with a beautiful dress…yes, you guessed it… JEWELLERY. AMAZING STONES, PEARLS, diamonds, EMERALDS, SAPHIRES, GOLD, BRONZE, ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE, THEY USED IT IN THIS ERA. perfectly made into necklaces, tiaras, rings, earings, even books & pens. These metalsmiths were true artists.
Few of the jewels used in the Tudor era have remained. Most of the crown jewels were destroyed by Oliver Cromwell when England became a Commonwealth. However, a few have survived and are now part of the present set of Crown Jewels.
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The Tudor Crown, also known as Henry VIII’s Crown, was the imperial and state crown used by the monarchs of England and Great Britain from around the time of Henry VIII up to the English Civil War in 1649. It was described by the art historian Sir Roy Strong as “a masterpiece of early Tudor jeweller’s art”, and its form has been compared to the crown of the Holy Roman Empire.henry_viiis_crown
14e191ba5f703ee85d66c68b9a3c1dc1The artists of the Tudor court are the painters and limners engaged by the monarchs of England’s Tudor dynasty and their courtiers between 1485 and 1603, from the reign of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I.
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Fashion History (part I), 15th Century.

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hey guys, i’m doing this series mainly as something academic, just for the pleasure of investigating about fashion history. this is awesome information if you’re into photography, movies or series. You may recognize these dresses from various productions of: “the Tudors” or “Anne Boleyn”, due to the fact that Henry VIII was King of England during (1491–1547), 15th-16th century.

During the fifteenth century, the nature of European costume began to emphasize fashion as the current style or custom of dress.a08b51b2b60b7e182eaa3c6394fe1ad4

  • Fashion in 15th-century Europe was characterized by a series of extremes and extravagances, from the voluminous gowns called houppelandes with their sweeping floor-length sleeves to the revealing doublets and hose of Renaissance ItalyHats, hoods, and other headdresses assumed increasing importance, and were swagged, draped, jewelled, and feathered

As Europe continued to grow more prosperous, the urban prunkklmiddle classes, skilled workers, began to wear more complex clothes that followed, at a distance, the fashions set by the elites. It is in this time period that we begin to see fashion take on a temporal aspect. People could now be dated by their clothes, and being in “out of date” clothing became a new social concern.

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Women’s fashions of the 15th century consisted of a long
gown, usually with sleeves, worn over a kirtle or undergown, with a linen chemise or smock worn next to the skin. The sleeves were made detachable and were heavily ornamented. The long-waisted silhouette of the previous period was replaced by a high-waisted style with fullness over the belly, often confined by a belt. The wide, shallow scooped neckline was replaced by a V-neck, often cut low enough to
reveal the decorated front of the kirtle beneath.

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In Burgundy, a kingdom in present-day France, and in Italian states such as Florence, greater numbers of wealthy merchants, nobles, and others competed to wear the most striking and elegant clothes.

  • Women’s gowns became much more closely fittedinburgundy-venetian-renaissance-gown-6-420x694 the torso and arms, while skirts billowed outward. Beginning in 1468 women in Spain began to use round hoops worn inside their skirts to give the skirt shape and make it swish when they walked. These hoops, called farthingales, would be very popular in the sixteenth century. 

 

 

 

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2016 starts with a NEW GENERATION OF BARBIES

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Guys I have to be honest i love the fact that when i have some cute girls running around my house they will be playing with a doll that doesn’t tell them how they have to be tall, skinny or blonde, which if they look like their mom or aunts, obveaously won’t be. We have to stop letting the fashion or toy industry, in this case, telling us what is right or what ir wrong. it doesn’t matter if you’re short,tall, blonde, reddead or brunette the important thing is that you are smart, kind and generous in life.

 

MATTEL RELEASES THREE NEW BODY SHAPES FOR THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLING DOLL. INSIDE THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN BARBIE’S 57-YEAR HISTORY–AND WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT AMERICAN BEAUTY IDEALS
The best-selling doll ever now has three new bodies: tall, petite and curvy versions will now be sold alongside the original model. Faced with changes in beauty ideals, shifting demographics and ongoing criticism of Barbie’s impossible proportions, Mattel decided to remake the iconic blonde. The new body shapes follow the addition of new skin tones and hair textures.
The changes give Barbie a range of diverse looks that better reflect 21st century America. The endeavor was so secret, the company’s executives code named it “Project Dawn” (as in dawn of a new day), so that even their families wouldn’t know that Barbie was getting the most dramatic body transformation in her 57 year history. 
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