Jute in the crown: V&A explores fabric of India’s historic garment trade

The exhibition focuses on the historical and ongoing importance of textile to the economy of India. It traces the origins of India’s natural plant fibres and dyes, through to its place as the world’s largest exporter of fabrics across the globe, trading with China, Africa and the Middle East long before Vasco da Gama claimed […]

Brick Lane – the melting pot of culture

“Every piece here has a story,” she said. “If they were protesting against fashion I can see their point. Fashion is big business and so many clothes are poor quality and produced on exploitation. Our product is not. It might be hand crafted in Japan, it is a sartorial work of art.” That said, she’s […]

Conversation in the Post-iPhone World

I have seen this resilience during my own research at a device-free summer camp. At a nightly cabin chat, a group of 14-year-old boys spoke about a recent three-day wilderness hike. Not that many years ago, the most exciting aspect of that hike might have been the idea of roughing it or the beauty of […]

The graphic and furniture design of Robin Day

Better known for designing the seating for the Royal Festival Hall in 1951 and his invention of the polypropylene stacking chair in 1963, Robin Day OBE was also an accomplished graphic designer. A self-taught one at that: “Though my father had no formal training in graphics,” says Day’s daughter Paula, “from an early age he […]

UI, UX: Who Does What? A Designer’s Guide To The Tech Industry | Co.Design | business + design

Design is a rather broad and vague term. When someone says “I’m a designer,” it is not immediately clear what they actually do day to day. There are a number of different responsibilities encompassed by the umbrella term designer. Design-related roles exist in a range of areas from industrial design (cars, furniture) to print (magazines, […]

Experience: I mine for 100-year-old jeans

Out in the desert in California, Nevada and Arizona, there are abandoned silver mines like buried time capsules, virtually untouched, and you can find vintage bottles down there that are worth a lot to collectors. But as I searched for them, I kept coming across these scraps of denim, because jeans, especially Levi’s, were worn […]

26 exclusive photos of Chanel’s new 3D printed couture collection

Fashion Week has a way of making collections seem to blend together — look after look, trend after trend. Sometimes live streaming shows just isn’t enough. The meticulous stitching, beading, and draping that goes into some pieces, especially couture, rarely get the attention it deserves. In the midst of fashion month, Chanel gave us the […]