Tuesday, September 24, 2013

massimo nicosia & pringle s/s2014

Replacing Clare Waight Keller, former designer at Pringle of Scotland is a difficult agenda. Massimo Nicosia has made a credible stab at it. Of course knitwear and Pringle are virtually synonymous so naturally it is a major feature of Nicosia's S/S 2014 collection. His designs are a subtle hommage to the company's history. Fashion reporter Afsun Qureshi quotes Nicosia, "I feel I am as much an archivist of Pringle as designer. I have to preserve the past. But also I have to move forward by developing fabric technology, and create something very light out of something quite heavy. I have to create structure out of knit that is known for its very lack of structure."

Monday, September 23, 2013

iron age bateau neckline or how i learned to love global warming

Lendbreen Glacier 

A fascinating discovery was made several years ago  in a hunting area on Lendbreen glacier, 6,500 feet above sea level in Norway a tunic that may have been the precursor to sweaters. This Iron Age find was woven from wool and in a diamond twill pattern, which similar to cables, would produce tiny pockets of air that insure greater insulation. With global temperatures rising Norwegian archeologists now have access to regions previously unexplored.  As additional prehistoric artifacts are discovered, a detailed portrait of the Iron Age emerges. 

Iron Age woven tunic with bateau neckline incorrectly described as a sweater in various news accounts

Dating from 230 - 390 AD this recent find is one of the few tunics that exists from this period. Two different textiles (one for patching wear & tear) were used and positively identified as  wool.

see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23849332