*ALERT: 22 year old Sudanese model has been missing for almost 2 weeks.
- Full name Ataui Deng Hopkins (niece of Alek Wek)
- Lives on Essex Street on the Lower East Side (NY)
- Last seen on August 6th around midnight, exiting a night club in the vicinity of 251 West 48th Street in Manhattan (the location of two nightclubs, XVI Lounge and The Attic, The Village Voice reports. Friends claim they saw Deng at the latter, where she was attending an event for Major Model Management.)
- Police describes her as 6’1” - 110lbs - black hair - dark complexion - slim build
text: 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577
all calls are confidential
photo: kristiina wilson
Digital avatars or virtual humans produced through 3D body scanning and animation software to replace models. (ScienceDaily, Dazed & Confused)
It’s a fascinating technological development, but it’s a scary thought that technology is becoming more and more powerful and that attempts are constantly being made to replace human activity. Removing any human hand/labour/action with digital, robotic minds is worrisome. I don’t think it could totally remove us from what we are doing or completely overrule our jobs. It will need a lot of time for such innovation to really take over the fashion industry or performing arts or sports, as mentioned in the article. I don’t know how advanced the avatars may be, but I just can’t get my head around the idea of watching a runway with un-human beings who doesn’t have the “real” mind and “real” behaviourial characteristics as that of a human (although this can be argued that avatars are created from imitations of humans, but that’s more discussion). But it’s something to think about, I’m still not sure about this.
This job is about challenge. It’s about changing and moving […] You have to be very curious and take in as much as you can, but stay true to yourself and don’t compare yourself, because you’re different, and that’s what will make your work unique.
Keep an open mind, be creatively flexible and be patient. If you have to spend time answering the phone, just answer the phone in the best way you can - eventually people will notice. You have to use what you have and then maximise it. That will earn you people’s trust. It doesn’t come easily.
— Marie Chaix, Stylist (BoF
"Summer Dreaming"ㅣYeo Hye Won by Koo Bohn Chang for Vogue Korea July 2014
imagining an ethereal summer of organza, lingerie and balenciaga cape
Yi Zhang, ADAM, 2014
(Source: raveneuse, via thedoppelganger)
Issey Miyake, spring—summer 1999.
Overlength sweaters, dresses off the roll - 'a-poc' is based upon Miyake's first design concept, a piece of cloth, is a new and unique suggestion for everyday life, which goes far beyond the boundaries of fashion. It is made using an industrial knitting or weaving machine programed by a computer. This process creates continuous tubes of fabric within which lie both shape and pattern. The customer cuts sleeves and skirts exactly to the length he wants. It is an idea that totally overthrows the existing standards for making clothes.
'A-poc' is made in a sequence in which thread literally goes into a machine and re-emerges as a piece of clothing, an accessory, or even a chair. This interactive new method not only reduces leftover fabric but also permits the wearers to participate in the final step of the design of their clothing: they determine the final shape of the product. Mass production and custom-made clothing, seemingly opposing ideas, become compatible with each other through the wizardry of technology and the fire of imagination.
"Western cultures are obsessed with demonstrating their civilised ways - to show that they are different from, and superior to, other cultures, hence the emphasis on newness and nowness. But the technique of establishing signs of civility involves the assertion of distinctiveness against other forms of culture. Accordingly, western fashion systems relentlessly re-invent otherness, by reference to the past (historical illusions), to non- and pre-industrial cultures (folk costume and ethnic looks), and to previous moments in fashion (cyclical re-vamping of the “look” of earlier decades). The western fashion system poaches from other systems and cannibalises diverse influences in reconsituting new techniques of dress and decoration."
— Jennifer Craik, “The Face of Fashion” (1994)