A year has gone by, almost since my last post. Writing is done offline mostly, but here's one that will hopefully re-start my intermittent blogging again. There's a brew of breathless lists that I am beginning to collect that might be worth sharing in the next few months. So here's the first one.
If you love learning by listening, if you don't always want to read, here are three of my most recent podcast finds that is strictly by fashion educators, or fashion industry professionals and are talking about the Fashion themes and topics: Listed in no particular order and is free on Itunes.
1. Unravel, a Fashion Podcast
Location: New York State
This podcast was started in 2015 by two F.I.T (Fashion Institute of Technology) alumni, fashion scholar Jasmine Helm, and textile conservator Dana Goodin, which is sometimes also hosted by a third member Joy Davis. The podcast length ranges 35-60 minutes per episode.
My opinion of this podcast after about a month of listening:
The topics are wide in variety, and covers historical references to modern issues of Fashion, such as interviews and topics on textile, exhibitions, Gender, to specific clothing items in historical context.
A few of my favorite episodes are Women in Pants (part 1 and 2) which talks about the evolution of pants worn by Marlene Dietrich all the way to Le Smoking Suit and the one on Rupaul Drag Race.
What I don't particularly like is sometimes the amount of giggly-ness of the interviewee and interviewer that can be very distracting. I realise sometimes it's hard to notice it when two people nerding on a topic they love is having such a good time, but I think a podcast is addictive when it's hosts can have some awareness of the listeners' experience as well as their own. Good podcasts is not always easy to do. So while this is one with extensive breath, the delivery out of the three I will list here is one of my least favorite.
2. Bande A Part
Rebecca Arnold & Beatrice Behlen discuss fashion - listen to our personal fashion views in our weekly catch up calls. Rebecca teaches at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Beatrice is curator at the Museum of London.
Love this roughly 30 minutes podcasts which is basically Rebecca Arnold calling Beatrice Behlen and having a casual yet very interesting chit chat about different fashion, and sometimes off-the-beaten topics. Two academics doesn't have to be dry, the exchange is enjoyable because while it's small chunks, it's quite delicious pockets of insider thoughts on pop culture, music, movies as related to their love of Fashion.
One of my favorite episodes is one called Visible Mending & Unzipped where they discussed a few different collectives which focuses on mending clothes, one of them especially blows my mind with the use of golden threads to fix holes an rips, inspired by the art of mending broken ceramics called Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi. So inspired that I started to look at some of my beat up items in my closet i was about to give away and rethinking if I should 'mend' them with golden threads. Maybe I should consider joining this mending workshop first?
I love this short and sweet conversational podcast! enjoy it!
3. Wardrobe Crisis
Hosted by Clare Press, Australian Vogue's Sustainability Editor-at-large, who has a range of fabulous interviews with people in the Fashion industry who range from Luxury retail, technology-based fashion brands, minimalism to sustainable and ethical brands. The range is quite extensive as well, and the interview style is excellent, very authentic voice yet clearly a very experienced interviewer.
One of my favorite episode is an interview with Christopher Raeburn, and made me lust his recycled 1950's WWII Silk Map pieces.
I have just discovered this one so I have a long queue yet to go through, and I haven't got anything bad to say about this podcast. I like the format, I like the host, as they say "I am (currently) obsessed" with it.
My current hashtags on Instagram are:
#domorewithless (relates to everything in my life currently)
#oneattemptonly (relates to my street fashion sketching which I will post soon)
#anerdlivestolearn (ditto with domorewithless)
Till the next post,
Always making notes,