Fashion Inspired by Crayons

Design // Monday, March 02, 2015
Bloomingdale's had a handful of designers create pieces for Spring 2015 that were constructed and inspired by Crayola crayons. Rebecca Taylor, Clover Canyon, Rebecca Minkoff, Nanette Lepore, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and Parker each contributed to the project, which is currently on display at the 59th St. Bloomingdale's in New York City.

The Weird Wonderland of Tim Walker

Photography // Tuesday, February 24, 2015
We are huge fans of the photography work of English-born Tim Walker, who turns fashion shoots and celebrity portraits into fine art showcases. There are some great shots of the Fanning sisters, Tilda Swinton, Jessica Chastain, and other Oscar-nominated actors and actresses. We grabbed a mixture of a his work, which has been collected by The Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Vintage Vogue Covers

Design // Wednesday, February 11, 2015
These vintage illustrated Vogue magazine covers caught our eye, making it hard to believe that this is the magazine you see in the grocery store today. The typefaces and illustrated figures are fascinating blasts from the past taking us to the fashion and design of the early twentieth century. The simple, hand-illustrated design is something that has become a thing of the past and a visual treat to enjoy.

Sam Haskins' Levis Shoot

Erotica // Thursday, February 05, 2015
Yesterday, while looking through the work of legendary South African photographer Sam Haskins we came across this shoot he did for Levis in the 1970s. At the time, Levis had a traveling exhibition of denim decorated by their customers and a competition along with it. Unfortunately (but not surprisingly) Levis executives got cold feet over the nudes and the photographs were never used commercially. (via)

Photographing Nudes with Sam Haskins

Erotica // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
South African photographer Sam Haskins, who passed away in 2009, left behind a defining legacy as a key player in mainstream 20th century photography and the sexual liberation of the 1960s. Some of his most notable and influential work was seen in a 1962 book called Five Girls, a study in black and white of the nude female form, and a 1965 book Cowboy Kate which was an adventures photo essay of a model, her hat, and the Wild West. Both captured "the era's sexual freedom and independence," launching his career as a commercial and fashion photographer.

1930s Radio Wave Fashion Design

Design // Wednesday, February 04, 2015
A 1938 issue of Radio-Craft magazine featured these photos of an RCA engineer named C.E. Burnett who was taking radio waves and turning them into patters to be used on clothes and furniture. A radio and TV engineer, Burnett photographed cathode ray tubes (same ones that would later be used to make TVs), fiddled with the voltages and frequencies and created "electronic snakeskin" patterns that could be used to design textiles.

Interview: Frank Clegg of Frank Clegg Leatherworks

Design // Friday, January 16, 2015
Craftsman and skilled designers have becoming a rare breed in today’s consumer market. Master artisans like Frank Clegg at Frank Clegg Leatherworks set the standard for high quality and beautifully crafted products. Frank Clegg has been producing leather goods for over 40 years in Massachusetts and Juxtapoz contributor Greg Cordeiro had the privilege of asking him a few questions about his story.

You Have Some Legos On Your Face...

Design // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I have spent most of the morning trying to figure out these Lego masks. As DesignBoom points out, "for London’s menswear AW 15 show, designers Agi & Sam asked UK make-up artist and beauty editor of ID-magazine Isamaya Ffrench to create LEGO masks like weird outgrowths on the models’ faces." For the most part, I'm trying to decipher if this is about the construction of human's DNA, a comment on consumerism, a way to save money instead of crazy elaborate masks, or maybe someone just likes Legos. It's the latter of the latter.

Kayla Mattes: Tactile Textiles

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Portland artist Kayla Mattes makes lush, shaggy textile work that puts us in a good mood. From her website: “Influenced by a blend of pop-culture, the internet, nostalgia and consumerism, she uses her background in textiles to create works primarily in tapestry, installation, digital painting and material experimentation.” Besides her wonderful, colorful weavings, she has a shop where you can buy colorful jewelry and a mini woven pizza. Mattes puts the fun in fiber art. 

Matija Cop's Unorthodox Fashion Labratory

Design // Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Matija Cop’s designs inspire instant intrigue. What are they made of? Who is the mastermind behind these unbelievable shapes? We tracked down the young Croatian designer, who is not only inspired by throwback futuristic films, but also by literature and architecture. Reminiscent of exoskeletons mixed with futuristic Elizabethan regalia, there is no line between art and fashion in his designs. They are one and the same.

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