The Hindu: Botanical Survey of India’s collection of rare paintings, dyes, fabrics and type specimens to go public

The Hindu: Botanical Survey of India’s collection of rare paintings, dyes, fabrics and type specimens to go public. “Apart from botanical paintings, the digital archive also displays rare natural dyes, fabrics and type specimens (the first collection that’s used for describing a plant). Each one of these rare holdings has its own story. Thomas Wardle, a Scottish businessman, whose business in silk dyes wasn’t doing well, visited the industrial section of the Indian Museum and, in one year, came up with about 3,500 samples of dye patterns extracted from 64 Indian plants. The 15 volumes of Wardle’s Specimen of Fabrics Dyed with Indian Dyes, published in 1886 and preserved with the BSI, has also been digitised.”

Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar (N Lifestyle)

N Lifestyle: Metaverse style: the fashion houses vying to dress your online avatar. “This weekend, Dolce & Gabbana’s couture NFT (non-fungible token) collection will be released. The fashion house is to reveal its high jewellery and haute couture collections for men and women (Alta Gioielleria, Alto Sartoria and Alto Moda respectively) in Venice, and it will also unwrap its first-ever NFT collection called Collezione Genesi. Comprising nine pieces, four will be entirely digital, while the remaining five – two dresses, a man’s suit and two crowns – will have both physical and digital iterations.”

The Vou: Best 12 Outfit Generator Apps And Websites Of 2021

The Vou: Best 12 Outfit Generator Apps And Websites Of 2021. “An outfit generator is an app or website designed to help users with their sartorial game by generating fresh outfits or combining existing clothes with future online purchases to create new styles. An outfit generator can be used for stylistic inspiration and as a wardrobe builder of custom outfits.” I love these things. I stare at them in awe. I’m like a fish looking at a rocketship.

Washington Post: Masks, comfortable clothes likely to linger after pandemic, Post-Schar School polling finds

Washington Post: Masks, comfortable clothes likely to linger after pandemic, Post-Schar School polling finds. “Two-thirds of Americans say that once the coronavirus pandemic ends, they plan to put on masks when sick and wear comfortable clothes more often than before, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll that points to enduring cultural shifts the public health crisis may bring about.”

Mount Mary University: University receives grant to fund fashion archive digitization project

Mount Mary University: University receives grant to fund fashion archive digitization project. “Mount Mary’s Fashion Archive, a historic collection with 10,000 items, will soon be available to the public online. The collection includes both couture and ready-to-wear garments from such fashion luminaries as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Karl Lagerfeld and more.”

University of Miami: Explore Florida’s fashion trends throughout the years

University of Miami: Explore Florida’s fashion trends throughout the years. “Although visions of shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops may come to mind when one thinks of fashion in South Florida, the University of Miami Libraries’ ‘Deep Dives’ series will show otherwise. Cristina Favretto, head of special collections, is hosting a webinar that will give an inside look at fashion-related rare books and other items in the archives.”

Fashion United: When virtual fashion stands up to the physical world

Fashion United: When virtual fashion stands up to the physical world. “In the press and across social networks, the subject of virtual fashion is becoming increasingly more popular. But are these non-physical clothes the future of fashion? And where exactly can you find them? To find answers, FashionUnited took a look at the latest collection of Amsterdam-based digital fashion house The Fabricant.”

New-to-me: Curvy Pattern Database

New-to-me: the Curvy Pattern Database. From the About page: “I started sewing when I was young – my grandmother is an award winning quilter and my mother is a well versed garment sewer. I picked sewing back up in early 2020 (like many) and realized that garment patterns that I didn’t have to alter extensively to fit my body (most commonly by grading up a TON to fit my butt and belly) were very hard to find. When I did find a pattern or designer made to fit my body I started keeping it in a spreadsheet. Thus, the designer database was born!” The database is available in Imperial or Metric measurement and includes filters for bust, waist, and hip size. Excellent work.

Just Style: New tool assesses impact of apparel and footwear

Just Style: New tool assesses impact of apparel and footwear. “The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), along with its technology partner Higg, has announced the completion of a new tool that evaluates the comprehensive environmental impact of products. In addition to developing greener products, companies can also use the new tool to credibly communicate their performance, demonstrate progress towards sustainability and circularity goals, and address anticipated regulation.”

Ecotextile News: GoBlu launches Kyna Intel free database

Ecotextile News: GoBlu launches Kyna Intel free database. “Sustainability accelerator GoBlu International has launched a new online database which aims to provide the fashion and textiles industry with information to drive sustainable decision-making. GoBlu developed the curated, searchable database, called Kyna Intel, as a free service to help industry stakeholders navigate the news to find accurate and up-to-date information.”

Fibre2Fashion: German textile fair Heimtextil launches online materials library

Fibre2Fashion: German textile fair Heimtextil launches online materials library. “The curators of the new materials library are London-based futures- research agency, FranklinTill. The Future Materials Library 2021 offers materials pioneers a platform and presents a first-class mix of economically proven and revolutionary developments. FranklinTill has organised the materials in four themes; Regenerative Crops, Remade Fibres, Harvesting Waste Streams, and Sustainable Colour, according to a press release by Messe Frankfurt.”

Agenda Georgia: Illustrations of people and places of 19th century Caucasus now in National Archives of Georgia digital collection

Agenda Georgia: Illustrations of people and places of 19th century Caucasus now in National Archives of Georgia digital collection. “A series of 19th century illustrations of people and places of the South Caucasus, published in a French magazine around 150 years ago, can now be viewed by those interested in history and ethnography on the website of the National Archives of Georgia. Presenting city-dwellers and countryside folks of different ethnicities who lived and worked in cities, towns and villages, the works show Georgia and the wider region as it appeared to ethnographers and travellers between the 1840s and 1870s.”

Argus Leader: USD students to launch sustainable fashion app after winning global competition

Argus Leader: USD students to launch sustainable fashion app after winning global competition. “The founders of Fomeno, an app that encourages sustainable fashion, were one of 11 businesses out of 30 finalists that won the 2020 Hult Prize Challenge, an award for an entrepreneurial venture from college students that addresses a pressing social issue. Fomeno allows shoppers to search its online database from local thrifters and online curators to find specific items. Simply put, it makes thrift shopping easier, said Payton Ryz, 20, chief of communications.”

Zimmermann + Athol Shmith: Fashion Photography (National Library of Australia)

National Library of Australia: Zimmermann + Athol Shmith: Fashion Photography. “Elegant and bold, Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith (1914–1990) worked in fashion, theatre and advertising on private commission for decades. He was undoubtedly versatile, and well known as a portraitist and wedding photographer. Yet fashion photography – for magazines, department stores and boutiques – was a speciality…. In 1979, Shmith gave the National Library of Australia a large collection of his prints and negatives, mostly fashion photographs. Some have a relationship to prints in other Australian collections. Others appear to be unique.” What I know about fashion would fit in a thimble but I found Shmith’s work to be mostly really good.