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Sandra J. Ley

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Givenchy Couture, Fall/Winter 1990

Aimee Williams

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

Two years after the acquisition of Givenchy by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH), Givenchy’s fall/winter 1990 collection struggled to negotiate its legacy as a couture line and produce designs to appeal to a contemporary clientele. Elements that had worked in favor of the house in the 1980s drew criticism. While other designers unstructured their silhouettes, Givenchy presented square shoulders on wool suits and evening wear alike. Gold lamé and organza dresses with short, dipping hemlines were

The Kashmir Shawl: A Historical Study

Janet Rizvi

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. South Asia and Southeast Asia, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Kashmir produced export-quality textiles from at least the fourteenth century onwards, although the nature of the earliest ones is uncertain. By the late sixteenth century, fine Kashmir textiles were identified as shawl, meaning a twill-woven fabric in pashmina (cashmere) sourced from western Tibet. This material was made up not only as shoulder mantles but also as waist girdles, and in lengths to be tailored into men’s garments, as well as other forms. Only in the nineteenth century was the term

The Textile Sample

Jenny Udale

Source: Textiles and Fashion. Exploring Printed Textiles, Knitwear, Embroidery, Menswear and Womenswear, 2nd Edition, 2008, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Looking back historically, we can see the types of textiles that were popular at certain times. This is usually related to an advancement in technology or trend within society. Throughout the history of textiles, certain patterns and fabrics have been repeated. These textiles become classics and some classics remain constantly popular in some form or another, for example, polka dots stripes and florals. Other classics go in and out of fashion, such as the paisley design. It is interesting to take

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