As fashion designers, textiles are your medium. You dream about hand, drape, silhouette, wovens, knits, prints….. They act as a constant source of inspiration when creating your work. So staying on top of industry trade shows and fully understanding everything that is available to you as a designer is quite important.
July 19-21, 2011
|Exhibit Hall Hours:|
|Tuesday, July 19||10:00AM – 6:00PM|
|Wednesday, July 20||10:00AM – 6:00PM|
|Thursday, July 21||10:00AM – 4:00PM|
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY, USA
See you there!
I'm a big proponent of completely immersing yourself in your industry.Staying up to date is necessary for creating & sustaining a successful business.
Hey folks. You may remember not too long ago when I shared the resource Source4Style, place for you to discover all your sustainable textile needs. Well, I came across a fun, and more importantly interesting, video on silk worms. I’ll be honest, I had to watch the video twice to fully take in the message but, that’s cool, because it’s only 60 seconds long.
Today someone asked me about the fiber content of a silk fabric. They wanted to know if the silk was Mulberry or Tussah. While I’m always happy to answer whatever questions I can about textiles, I have to admit that I was a bit embarrassed by my lack of knowledge in this area. Not one to shrug my shoulders and quickly forget, I asked a few seasoned professionals as well as consulted the trusty old Google and learned a few things.
Tussuah Silk : Silk in its natural state; raw silk. Used for making Duppioni fabric.
Mulberry Silk: Silk spun by worms that have been cultivated and fed a strict diet of mulberry leaves.
Simple enough, right? I thought so. However, from what I hear, “mulberry” silk is not an actual term. It is simply silk that is not tussah silk. Now, remember, I already fessed up to not being too knowledgeable here. So now I’m confused. What’s the deal? Have you heard of mulberry silk? Ever used it in a sentence?
Today I managed to make my way to Premiere Vision: Preview New York, the textile show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Unfortunately, in all my running around, I didn’t think to get a press pass so I have no photos to share. And for that I do apologize because I have to say, this show really was visually beautiful; vibrant colors, playful prints, heavy texture, intricate weave and knit structures, feathers, beading, metallics….you name it.
The companies showing were mainly from Italy and France but not all. Other countries were peppered throughout the aisles, however I’m not going to lie, when it came to leading-edge textile design, Italy and France took home the gold. Although Japan put up a good fight and clinched the silver. (Don’t ask me what’s with all the Olympics references…I think it was just all those countries represented in one place.) Anyway, there were a few booths that really stood out to me: Sophie Hallette and Deveaux, both French lines, so original and inventive. Pizval and Fantasie Tricot , creative and cutting edge Italian lines. And Takisada Osaka, a Japanese line that I was already familiar with but still very impressed by. I share their websites as if that could give you any indication at all as to the hand, drape, and delicacy of some of the work….
I’m lucky enough to be in New York and I sure am glad I took the time to trek all the way 18th street. I left the show feeling inspired and exposed to ideas, innovations, and technologies. How about you?
Ignoring the dreary, sticky, humid weather today I headed, on foot, to the Javitz Center to check out TexWorld, that much anticipated textile show in New York. I spent a few hours wandering around, frantically taking notes, and soaking up all the show had to offer. I have quite a few opinions to share, because I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t sharing my opinions, but not in this post. I need to wrap my brain around the conversations I had, the people I met, and the impressions I got. So until I’m ready to do that, which will be soon, I promise, I just want to leave you with a few images from today. I look forward to following up soon and, if you haven’t gone yet yourself, you still have one more day, so get to it!
Earlier this week I was thumbing through a stack of my favorite fashion magazines and, page after page, was reminded of just how popular a certain fabric, Tulle, has become in fashion lately. No longer just for brides and ballerinas, the mesh-like fabric has been popping up in collections from Alice + Olivia to Oscar de la Renta and does not really show any signs of stopping. As someone who has done quite a bit of sourcing for fashion designers, I thought I would quickly touch upon the various qualities of this somewhat newly popular fabric.
Contrary to what you may think, tulle is actually pretty diverse. I know, for a lot of us it’s difficult to get past the visions of bridal veils and pink tutus. But I’m telling you, high fashion has embraced and gone off running with it. The fabric itself can be made of one or more of a respectable list of fibers including silk, cotton, polyester, nylon, or rayon. It can be stiff and firm allowing for structure and form or it can be soft and flowy allowing for swathe and drape. There are large holed nets that have very little compact cover as well as fabrics with holes so small that they need not have a lining at all. The variety is almost endless. Before making your choice, you want to make sure you check out as many qualities as possible. I realize this can be a difficult task but I will say that a company called Edley stocks a pretty great selectionof styles and colors, so I recommend checking them out first.
As far as price goes, depending upon your chosen fiber and how intricate the weave, tulles can range anywhere from $5.00/yd to $100.00/yd. Actually, come to think of it, they probably go even higher than that. I simply have not been lucky enough to ever get my hands on something so delicate and extravagant. Darn. Anyway, the point of this little ditty , was just to highlight a trend that has moved beyond a specialty fabric and become rather mainstream with a pretty high “net worth”. 😉
I read today that spider silk has tensile strength five times that of steel. And, until recently, scientists were not sure how to replicate what these little guys can do. But that has changed.