Pattern Recognition is an exploration of fabric, pattern, print and design through a curated capsule collection launching in Selfridges London. Analysing rare and original antique items of pre-worn and deadstock clothing, interwoven with re-designed military and utility pieces from the Archive. Restored, repurposed and reimagined by The Vintage Showroom.
Today, Wednesday 22nd of April 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The monstrous photomontage of gas mask and globe below is from the original Earth Day, of a world suffocating from pollution, is if anything more relevant today than it was 50 years ago.
Long before Levi’s Engineered Garments started playing around with proportions, and fiddling with the long established Levi’s genetic traits, Elvis Presley’s prison denims from the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock took some artistic liberties with ‘stitch length’.
Introducing photographer, poet and artist Jun Fujita. Fujita was an Issei, a term used by Japanese Americans referring to the first generation to migrate from Japan. Born on December 13, 1888 in Hiroshima prefecture, he migrated to Canada as a teenager, before finally settling in Chicago in 1909.
The enigmatic title refers of course to the derelict building at 144 Piccadilly, squatted by the great unwashed of London’s underground scene at the time, and the subsequent Police siege to shut it down.
This ‘Anti-blackout suit’ made from 3-ounce nylon was designed to be cool, durable and easy to remove. When it was first made in 1945, an article was published with the headline ‘Improved, Light Nylon Zoot Suit Prevents Blackout when Fighter Pilots Pull High G’s in Combat‘.