Friday File – Still Winter

It’s officially that part of winter when I am getting desperate for a little sun and warmth. And this morning I woke up to snow. I’m going to need to stock up on more tea. Hope you guys are staying warm.

Here are the interesting links I found this week:

Have you ever heard of the Men’s Dress Reform Party? I hadn’t. I’m quite familiar with reform movements that focused on women’s clothing and reducing restrictiveness and improving health, but this one focused on men’s dress and was tied to the eugenics movement. Pretty strange if you ask me.

The blog Business of Fashion relaunched its website this week. It has some new financial backers and a new London office. BoF already contained excellent content with critical analysis of the fashion industry, and I’m looking forward to see where the new site and funding takes them.

3D printers are a hot topic, but this is the first example that I’m excited about — a designer is investigating how 3D printing can be used to replicate museum artifacts. Museums that find ways for visitors to interact in with the artifacts beyond just looking and reading a label are very successful at engaging their audiences. I’ve seen museums include swatches of fabric so visitors can touch what the fabric of a particular dress feels like. But imagine being able to touch a sculpture and feel the marks the artist made as she or he carved it or picking up the personal effects of a historical figure! I could see this being really valuable for blind museum visitors.

Have a great weekend, and stay warm!


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