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.”
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. “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. “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.”
PRZen: Sneakervista is the largest online catalogue of sneaker stores (PRESS RELEASE). “To help sneakerheads pursue the pair of their dreams, Sneakervista developed an entire sneaker and streetwear encyclopedia to provide all the information they need. The sneaker shops stored on the database feature accurate details of the store addresses all around the world. The comprehensive store catalogs extend from countries to cities that make it a reliable guide for tourists and travelers looking for just about any kind of sneaker – from local sneaker boutiques to hyped pop-up stores, Sneakervista offers it all.”
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.”
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.
PR Newswire: Launch Of Two Online Exhibitions Allows The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum To Serve A Broader Audience (PRESS RELEASE)
PR Newswire: Launch Of Two Online Exhibitions Allows The Country Music Hall Of Fame® And Museum To Serve A Broader Audience (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum unveiled new, free-to-access online exhibitions: Suiting the Sound: The Rodeo Tailors Who Made Country Stars Shine Brighter and Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City. These multimedia exhibits are the first designed exclusively for the museum’s website.”
Washington Post: This woman, 82, dresses to the nines each Sunday for virtual church. Her selfies have become legendary.
Washington Post: This woman, 82, dresses to the nines each Sunday for virtual church. Her selfies have become legendary.. “It’s been more than a year now that churchgoers have been watching virtual streaming Sunday services on their cellphones and computers during the pandemic. Many have made a habit of tuning in while wearing cozy sweatpants or pajamas. Then there’s La Verne Ford Wimberly of Tulsa. The 82-year-old retired educator decks herself out head to toe every Sunday, then — to the delight of fellow parishioners at Metropolitan Baptist Church — posts a selfie on Facebook after the service.”
BBC: Historical clothing from 14 museums displayed online. “Fourteen museums have joined forces to put on an online exhibition of clothing through the ages. The virtual display, called Highland Threads, features a selection of historical garments. They include a waistcoat and jacket said to have belonged to have belonged to Bonnie Prince Charlie from Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.”