Ecotextile: World’s first free digital map of apparel factories. “The beta version of an ambitious new online tool aims to help consumers find out exactly where their clothes are made – by eventually identifying every apparel facility worldwide.”
Engadget: YouTube will stream Rihanna’s fashion show on September 12th. “Paul McCartney isn’t the only superstar to have lined up a live YouTube stream these days. Rihanna is broadcasting her Savage x Fenty brand’s fashion show on Google’s service at 7:30PM Eastern on September 12th. She’s promising an ‘immersive experience’ that, to no one’s surprise, will showcase the label’s lingerie and ‘intimate accessories’ (which, of course, you can buy after the show).”
New-to-me, but apparently online for a long time: a database of uniforms from American football teams. That’s American football, as opposed to football almost everywhere else. From the About Page: “This website presents graphical representations of every uniform that has been worn in the NFL since 1920. This project is the culmination of a lot of hard work by two men to chronicle the numerous combinations of uniforms that have been worn by players in the league in thousands of games over the past eighty years. Tim Brulia and Bill Schaefer have painstakingly worked on this research over the past few years.”
Houston Community College: HCC’s Historical Fashion Archive goes digital to meet 21st Century student needs. “Jeweled shoes from the 1700s. Fragile dresses from the 1800s. Avant Garde designer clothing from the 1900s. These are just a few of the historic garments now viewable in never-before-seen photographs on a new searchable website created by Houston Community College with a $25,000 grant from the Texas State Libraries and Archive Commission.”
Evening Standard: Glamorous Instagrans: Meet the senior style icons of Instagram. “A whole host of senior style stars are currently smashing OOTDs on the ‘gram and gaining millions of fans in the process. Ranging from 53 to 90-years old, these inimitable fashionistas prove that as you get older you not only get wiser but more confident with your personal style, too.” OOTD = “Outfit Of the Day”
WWD: Yoox Net-a-porter, Bloomsbury Team on Fashion Video Archive Project. “YNAP has worked with Bloomsbury to digitize its runway archive collection between 1979 and 2003, before shows were automatically digitized. The result is more than 3,000 videos and hundreds of hours of footage that offer a window into fashion history and a new way for students to examine the evolution of the catwalk over the years, key collections and individual designers’ work.” The resource will be available next year.
Quartz: Instagram is changing the way fashion sells in India. “On July 04, a handful of designers and lifestyle journalists gathered at New Delhi’s hip Cafe Dori in the upmarket Dhan Mill Compound for a ‘fashion masterclass.’ Their host was Sandeep Bhushan, director of Facebook for India and south Asia. Bhushan was making a case for following fashion trends on Instagram, the social media giant’s video- and photo-sharing app.”