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Junya Watanabe

Stephanie Edith Herold

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Bill Blass, Fall/Winter 1997

Michelle Honig

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Shown in the tents at Bryant Park, New York, Bill Blass’s fall/winter 1997 collection did not have any one particular theme. Instead, he designed simple, classic clothes encompassing a range of styles and looks. There were hints of the 1980s, a decade that other designers—such as Oscar de la Renta—looked to for inspiration for their own fall collections. There were animal prints—ranging from giraffe to python—that glorified the animal kingdom, cubist-patterned velvet jackets over wool pants, and

AllSaints

Sandra J. Ley

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Miao National Minority

Gina Corrigan

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Today, the Miao ethnic minority live in southwestern China, their population totaling 8.9 million. Miao origins and migrations are controversial and poorly documented, but we know that attempts to subdue them have been difficult. Miao in remote mountain regions developed many garments, expressing cultural identity. In 2000 a book published in China illustrated 173 different styles of Miao dress. Following the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the female population in the countryside again adopted trad

Functional Dress

Susan M. Watkins

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Functional dress may either serve as a protective barrier between some hazard and its wearer or function as an enhancement, adding capabilities to the body. The word dress generally connotes items made of flexible textile materials, but functional dress may incorporate major areas of hard goods or be made entirely of rigid materials. A functional garment, whether it is flexible or rigid, can be conceptually differentiated from other products or environmental structures such as vehicles or buildin

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