Fashion

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02/28/2014: Oscar dress poster

The 86th Academy Awards are this weekend and to commemorate, the people at Mediarun released this engaging, infographic-style poster. It illustrates the dresses worn in the Best Actress category from 1929 to the Christian Dior dress worn by Jennifer Lawrence at last year’s Oscars. Each illustration captures the style of each dress with an...

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Color and Pattern Trends from the Spring 2014 Fashion Shows

The spring ’14 runway shows have come and gone and I am thrilled to bring you a few trend highlights from the four week event. Patterns have taken a back seat for the past several seasons, but Spring ’14 appears to be the season of the print, with many apparel designers using pattern and...

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Why Do Horizontal Stripes Rule in Maternity Wear?

Jude Stewart answers a question that has plagued women for years: If horizontal stripes make you look fatter, why do they dominate maternity wear? Is it just a cruel conspiracy? The latest research suggests it's not.

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Weekend Heller: Jackets, Cones and Steampunk

Book Jackets for the Crowdsourced Generation Recovering The Classics is a crowdsourced collection of original covers for 50 of the greatest books in the public domain. All books are available for sale as both digital and softcover editions to support the artists involved. Recovering The Classics is a project of the Creative Action Network, a...

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Image of the Day, April 24, 2013

Jeff Kulak’s illustration and design for the Owl Kids “Learn to Speak” series match the tone and subject matter perfectly. Read an interview with Kulak on the ADC blog.

Color And Pattern Punch from New York Fashion Week 2013

I’m a sucker for fashion-watching, not least because this strays well outside my usual professional bailiwick. At the same time, and feel free to borrow my elaborate reasoning to excuse your own extracurricular horseplay, parsing the trends in color and pattern in fashion can be a useful lens on other areas of design. After...

Gilded-Age Dogs Atop Penny-Farthings: A Tour of Philadelphia University’s Patterns Archive

Imprint’s longtime color columnist, Jude Stewart, is writing a new series on patterns in design. Previously, she asked whether ornament is really a crime and spoke to the founders of a London-based “pattern consultancy.”  As part of my new series on pattern, I spoke recently with Sarah Moore, the textile curator of Philadelphia University’s Design Center. Moore...