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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...

Beauty and the Beads

“I think of fashion as a medium of communication,” says Victor-John Villanueva. “It can convey ideas, both large and small. On a very personal level, it can convey your mood and state of mind.” On February 13th, Victor is poised to become a Fab.com sensation when he officially launches 3PTPOP with a plan to...

Dude Looks Like A Lady

Recently in Holland there appeared a series of ads designed by Doom&Dickson for a HEMA’s push-up bra, using this tagline: A push-up bra that gives you 2 cup sizes extra. Modeled by Andrej Pejic. A man. So imagine what it can do for a woman. Andrej Pejic, male model from Bosnia, is from my...

Vogue: The Covers

Strike a pose – specifically, a comfy reading position. As we ring in the New Year, iconic magazine Vogue invites us to look back on 120-years of style with their luxe coffee table archive, “Vogue: The Covers.” And just as crazy-excited “Sex and the City” Carrie Bradshaw was to tour the legendary Vogue accessories...

Critical Undressing

Are you a voyeur? Could you get off undressing celebrities from METALLICA TO MUAMMAR AL-GADDAFI?  Dress, the second installment of D-Crit’s chapbook series, features  essays that parse the personal props and sartorial signifiers of divas, dictators and designers alike. Published by the School of Visual Arts MFA in Design Criticism (D-Crit), Dress will premiere...

Superhero Fashion Show

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. presented its Spring 2012 Collection on Monday, October 24th at The Ace Hotel. The evening was a benefit for 826NYC and featured a collection of original and one-of-a-kind crime-fighting attire for superheroes created by various designers—Opening Ceremony, Christian Joy, Renata Morales, Chromat Garments, Matt Singer, Complex Geometries, United Bamboo,...