Sep 2, 2016

New plastic clothing material could keep people cool

American researchers have created a low-cost textile made of a plastic base that could cool the body when woven into clothing. The engineers suggested in the U.S. journal Science that the textile could become a way to keep people living in hot climates cool ...

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

Aug 2, 2016

Paul Smith has earned his stripes

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Colorful and cluttered, the office bursts with paraphernalia, from stacked bicycles and piles of books on designer chairs to an apple-green iMac, a futuristic record player and a red Snoopy phone on the rosewood desk. This is, of course, no ordinary office — it’s ...

'Hello, My Name is Paul Smith'

Jul 19, 2016

'Hello, My Name is Paul Smith'

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July 27-Aug. 23 This large-scale touring exhibition of renowned British fashion designer Paul Smith has just moved from its opening venue in Kyoto to The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. Following the career of Smith, the exhibits reveal aspects of the designer’s life, including ...

The fall and rise of the Empire line

Jul 12, 2016

The fall and rise of the Empire line

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The Pola Art Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and as part of this, the Pola Museum of Art has organized an ambitious exhibition that aims to present a cross-disciplinary view of art, product design and women’s fashion of 19th- and early 20th-century ...

Japan's Uniqlo targets global stature with fashion identity

Jun 15, 2016

Japan's Uniqlo targets global stature with fashion identity

Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo has leveraged its prowess in mass production to build a fashion empire filled with shelves upon shelves of affordable, good quality items like down jackets, underwear and T-shirts. Now the 17-nation, 1,734-store retailer is on a quest to beat Western ...

'Toile de Jouy, Printed Textiles from France'

Jun 7, 2016

'Toile de Jouy, Printed Textiles from France'

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June 14-July 31 The French term “toile de jouy” translates as the “cloth from Jouy-en-Josas,” a chintz-producing town in the south-west suburbs of Paris, and it refers to a specific style of textile that was used for both clothing and furnishings. These monochromatic printed ...

Bollywood actress to shoot Japan calendar to boost tourism

Apr 9, 2016

Bollywood actress to shoot Japan calendar to boost tourism

Bollywood actress Evelyn Sharma said Friday that she, along with Miss World Japan 2015, Chika Naka-gawa, will appear in a 2017 calendar featuring photos taken at tourist sites around the nation as part of a project to attract more Indian tourists to Japan. In ...

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

Mar 29, 2016

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

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All artistic practices inevitably borrow from the past, but fashion, in particular, seems to revel in revivals. Whether skillfully appropriated or brazenly duplicated, the familiar frequently finds its way back to the runway, be it in 1940s wide pants, ’50s flared skirts, ’60s babydoll ...