A Brief Guide To The Ecological Clothing Movement

Based on mid-century manufacturing standards, there are a myriad of toxic chemicals which go into making your clothes. These chemicals affect you, they affect the environment, they affect the workers who made the clothes. Awareness of the complex problems 1950’s and 1960’s methods of manufacturing creates has paved the way for a new age of alternatives, including nontoxic textile manufacturing, clothing recycling, and sustainability and accountability in fashion.

Most of us don’t think about the impact of what we’re wearing on our own health, nor its impact on the environment’s health. But an awareness is increasing about the synthetic fabrics that have been used in the manufacture of clothing for over half a century, and the negative impact of their use. The Ethical Fashion Forum is an online resource for finding valuable information about ecological methods of manufacturing. First, here is a list of common fabrics and the toxic effects of their manufacture, which may surprise you—but will hopefully empower your choices in the future.

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Clothing as Artifact and Narrative: “Sentimental Value” Exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Clothing and accessories have a tendency to become enmeshed with our lives and stories, and then become imbued with stories of their own. Emily Spivack, a fashion historian and the creator/editor of the Smithsonian’s fashion history blog, Threaded, began exploring other people’s clothes on eBay in approximately 2000. In 2007, she started formally collecting various items of clothing from the auction site—ones with particular stories attached to them—and created an online archive of the images along with the original text written by the eBay seller.

cutoffshortsThe pieces range from speculative rock and roll memorabilia (a snakeskin print dress supposedly custom made for Whitney Houston); to the antectodal (shoes worn by Mary Kay’s longtime personal assistant in Dallas, Texas); but all in all, most have obscure and deeply personal stories from the everyday people who wore them.

For instance, the vintage fur jacket a woman’s mother owned, found when she passed away; anonymous, blood-stained Civil War-era shirts; the jean shorts a woman wore the night she met her future husband at a Grateful Dead concert. On the more mythological side of things, there is a hat listed as “Women’s Red Velvet Gold Brocade Tribal Altar Cap VOODOO” which the lister explains was found at the estate sale of granddaughter of Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau. The Web-based project documented some 600 garments and their stories, and keeps the descriptions of the garments as written by the eBay posters themselves.

Now the Philadelphia Art Alliance presents the original objects along with the text, entitled “Emily Spivack: Sentimental Value,” is open through August 18, 2013.  The PAA, if you haven’t heard of it before, seeks to present innovative contemporary art with a focus on craft and design. This innovative look at the archive and narrative behind historic and everyday clothes exemplifies why how we dress matters so much to us, and how memories are wrapped with what we put on our bodies.

An Introduction To Stitched Tailors

Welcome to our new blog. We hope to provide stimulating posts about fashion, art, popular culture, and what we do in the fashion, entertainment, and advertising industries.

Jenn Weishaar, co-founder of Stitched Tailors, is a stylist in New York and Los Angeles who saw a need for access to excellent skilled tailors and seamstresses for the industry.

tailorsdummyFounded in 2007 in New York, the first client of Stitched Tailors was a commercial for Motorola Razr, directed by Michel Gondry. The costumes created and tailoring provided for this project paved the way for series of ad campaigns for Prada, Alberta Ferretti, and Vera Wang, serving top industry stylists and photographers.

Over the past six years, the range of clients we’ve worked with include designers, stylists, fashion editors, and art directors. Stitched Tailors has also worked directly with celebrities for red carpet events, tailoring gowns for the Met Gala, costumes for independent films, and on-stage costuming for performers and musicians.

We’re continuing the success of our reputation, working with the fashion, celebrity, entertainment, and advertising industries. We have many regular clients who often ask for tailors by name. Our strength is in our diversity, and we carefully pair each job with tailors qualified for the particular garment type, fabric, or drapery which needs careful attention.

First impressions are everything: the drape of a gown, the smart tailoring of a fine suit, the slim fit of a great dress shirt. The way your clothes look on your body make all the difference.

For information on how to book one of our tailors, visit our contact page or call 646-943-4525.