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Design and Fashion


Design and Fashion



INDIA ON THE CATWALK

Manish Arora is one of the biggest icons in the world of Indian fashion today. He is known for a rich palette of psychedelic colors and kitsch motifs in garments combining India and the West. With creations worn by stars like Lady Gaga, he now has international acclaim. In India on the Catwalk, Arora takes the audience back to where it all began, telling a personal story about his rise to fame the international fashion scene.

From an almost accidental application to the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, and his first creations, Arora's career took him to the studio and a clothing company in Paris with hundreds of employees, a place where his ideas and everything melts together in colorful culture, art, design and fashion. But while he is praised on the international stage, in India, where fashion designers are thought to be ladies' tailors, he is a controversial character.


DVD / 2013 / (Senior High - College) / 28 minutes

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MY BAG, MY LIFE, AND MY NEXT BAG

It's the most popular luxury item in the world. It's the second biggest earner for haute couture brands and no celebrity will step out without one. In just ten years, the handbag has become the world's top selling accessory. The more expensive it is, the more it is snapped up! It's a reflection of one's personality and sometimes a great indulgence. However, the handbag's success poses endless questions about ourselves. Why are Italian bags the most sought after? How do brands like Repetto launch their handbag and corner the market? Why is Singapore now the center for knock off bags? How have the major brands managed to make it a "must have" in just a few years? How far will women (and some men) go to acquire the bag of their dreams?

DVD / 2013 / (Senior High - College) / 51 minutes

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WARDROBE PLANNING: DRESSING FOR YOUR BODY TYPE

Looking for expert advice to dress your best with flattering clothing styles for all body types? Join wardrobe stylist and personal shopper Carly Gatzlaff as she takes viewers through the basics of dressing for your body type by creating a flattering, put-together look that is uniquely you. Wardrobe Planning: Dressing for Your Body Type is a compilation of video segments that cover a variety of hints and tips for both women and men to dress and look your best, including:
  • Dressing for your body type
  • Using color and pattern
  • Accessorizing your look
  • Clothing quality
  • Shopping strategies

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2013 / (Grade 7 - Adult) / Approx. 20 minutes

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    DESIGNERS AT WORK

    Design is a fundamental way in which we express ourselves. And the designer is involved in every stage of the process, from the initial idea, to production and testing, and to eventual use. A perfect resource for design and engineering audiences across the board, this investigative-styled program examines the key stages of the design process and the factors which influence this process. Experts in architecture, industrial design, sustainable design and product development discuss how they approach a project and what it's like working with clients and colleagues. Visually-stunning and a fascinating insight into a creative, high-pressured industry, viewers will experience how a design goes from imagination to reality.

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    DVD / 2012 / 21 minutes

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    JEANS - A FADED BLUE PLANET

    From humble beginnings as durable clothing for workers in the mining towns of the Wild West, jeans have evolved into a cultural icon. The attire of a cowboy, a hero, a rock star and an ex-convict, jeans have played a part in antiestablishment movements and mainstream fashion alike. Changes in rivet, stitch and pocket placement trace the history of jeans that collectors treasure and pay for handsomely. Traditional dyeing techniques and hand-made denim live on in a few workshops, primarily in Japan, dedicated to maintaining the highest quality of fabric and control of every step in the process of making tailored jeans. On the other end of the spectrum, even the fading of jeans to give them a worn look is done on an industrial scale. Through interviews with fashion designers, jean tailors, historians and aficionados, Jeans traces the dissemination of denim and its cultural myths from America to the rest of the world and the formation of a global industry. All in a quest to find the reason why jeans have been so successful.

    DVD / 2012 / (College) / 56 minutes

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    SEW THRIFTY

    Create a unique and fashionable look using second-hand thrift store clothing for your next sewing project! Instructor Kimberly Oedekoven explores her local thrift store while explaining what to look for when shopping and practical thrifting tips to find used clothes to refresh and refashion into something new. Back in the sewing studio, easy sewing projects are demonstrated from start to finish, including:

  • Freezer paper stencil on a sweatshirt (10:13 min.)
  • Woven belt from button up shirts (13:21 min.)
  • Winter hat from wool sweater (8:57 min.)
  • Skirt from pair of jeans (14:14 min.)

    DVD / 2012 / (Grades 6-Adult) / 51 minutes

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    DESIGN

    Design plays an important role in our lives, with Designers using technology to assist in developing products that we use and wear. The fusion of technology and design is imperative if we are to create practical and sustainable clothing and products. Exploring the first powered looms to graphic design and fiber optics, this episode takes you on a journey through the innovations across the design and textile industry. With the industrial revolution being the catalyst for change, the industry has pushed its way into the 21st century by keeping up with trends and consumer demand across the board. Influencing change in fashion, interiors and textiles, technological developments within the realm of design, mean a more efficient industry that allows designers the tools to be innovative.

    DVD / 2012 / (Senior High - College) / 24 minutes

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    WHAT INSPIRES DESIGN?

    Every design, no matter its form or function, is inspired by something. And it's this often elusive 'something' which is explored in this thought-provoking program for designers and creative artists. Where do designers get their ideas from? How do the environment, culture and history shape designers outlooks? Can collaboration create an inspired design? How do inspiration and innovation relate to each other? Modern design, powered by new technology and production methods, is undoubtedly pushing the limits of human ingenuity. Viewers will enjoy this journey into the minds of designers and wonder if they too can breathe life into an idea of their own.

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    DVD / 2012 / 16 minutes

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    DESIGNING FASHION

    This program investigates the steps taken by fashion designers to develop their ideas into end products, from that initial spark of inspiration to final production. Throughout the program viewers see how fashion designers use various tools, equipment and drawing techniques to visually display their inspirations and ideas, how they use of computer aided design (CAD) to enhance and support their work, and finally, the steps involved in sampling, pattern making and production. The program is further enhanced by insightful interviews with top fashion designers including legendary Australian fashion designer, Akira Isogawa, Vanessa Rochman, head designer at Metallicus, and textiles designer Kaffe Fassett.

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    DVD / 2011 / 19 minutes

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    DESIGN: ALL ABOUT COLOR

    Color has the ability to create emotion and influence our moods. Color is a powerful tool in interior design and fashion. Interior designer Brandi Hagen discusses:

  • History of color and the development of color theories
  • The color system: hue, value, and chroma
  • Color wheel
  • Warm & cool colors
  • Color schemes

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Grades 6-Adult) / 20 minutes

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    DESIGN: ALL ABOUT TEXTILES

    The human body is almost constantly in contact with some form of textile, whether it be the clothing that we wear or the interiors that we live and work in. Join interior designer Brandi Hagen as she showcases samples and explains different types of natural fibers including plant, animal, mineral and synthetic fibers, including:
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Rayon
  • Acrylic
  • Microfibers Fabric construction and suraface design are also discussed.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / 24 minutes

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    DESIGN: THE ELEMENTS

    The elements of design are the components that are used to create a complete design. Interior designer Brandi Hagen presents a basic overview of the elements of design applied to interiors and fashion, including:

  • Line: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, curved
  • Shape: symmetrical and asymmetrical
  • Texture: smooth, reflective, rough, matte
  • Color: hue, value, chroma

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / (Grades 6-Adult) / 20 minutes

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    SAVAGE LIFE IN FASHION, A

    Percy Savage is a maverick. He has led an amazing life in and around the world of designer fashion and influenced the way the industry developed. A Savage Life In Fashion combines and explores the memories he has; the people he knows; the history made to reveal an intimate world of creative expression, societal change, personal failure, collective triumph and the history of an art synonymous with opulence, luxury and refinement.

    A Savage Life in Fashion is about a man whose influence was everywhere but is unknown outside the industry. Raised in the Australian outback, Percy arrived in Paris in 1947; the year Christian Dior launched his New Look. He would later become a friend of the man who revived the glory of couture and inadvertently, provide the name for the most famous of Dior fragrances: Eau Sauvage. It was at the House of Lanvin that Percy was asked to start the first Propaganda department, as it was then called, eventually renaming it PR. During his years in Paris, Percy weaved himself into the Parisian fabric and counted among friends, Dior, Beaton, Cocteau and Maria Callas. Whilst in Paris he travelled the globe, promoting and exhorting designers, journalists, buyers and manufacturers. He introduced Yves Saint-Laurent to Dior and created the explosion that was Mary Quant. He was PR for Nina Ricci during its heyday before moving to England in the 1970s. Percy had been asked by the powers-that-be to put London on a par with Paris, which he did, albeit at his own expense.

    A Savage Life in Fashion opens amidst the refined excitement of the Christian Dior 2004 Spring/Summer couture show. Placing Percy within the contemporaneous reality of haute couture is made all the more pertinent as the film looks back at a post-war, history of fashion, in particular Percy's career in Paris and the foundation of fashion as we recognise it today. This retrospection provides an insight into what makes fashion perennially fascinating and forever reflective, both positively and negatively, of whom, what and why we are.

    A Savage Life in Fashion includes an array of stunning IMX and Super 8 footage, exclusive archive film and photography. The film is narrated by Joanna Lumley and features interviews with Mary Quant, Hubert de Givenchy and Yuki as well as other eminent designers, journalists, historians and executives, exploring the fundamental dynamics of a much-vaunted aesthetic. Ultimately, it is a story about a man who did as he pleased, to please those in a world transfixed by image, beauty and style.


    DVD / 2009 / (Senior High - College) / 52 minues

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    COPENHAGEN

    Fashion is big business in Copenhagen and design standards are very high! We meet several successful designers indigenous to Denmark such as: Malene Birger, Baum und Pferdgarten, and Bruuns Bazaar. All of whom are building major international reputations. Take an in-depth look at "Copenhagen Fur", the biggest exporter of luxury furs and pelts around the world. Get insight into this glamorous, yet controversial, jewel in the Danish fashion industry. Learn about Nior, a brand who strives to make a political statement and peek into some of the street trends of up and coming designers. Top Danish fashion experts Eva Kruse and Uffe Buchard offer their expert analysis on Copenhagen's drive to be a leading fashion epicenter.

    DVD / 2008 / (Senior High - College) / 30 minutes

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    INDIA

    India is a country rich in culture and tradition, and fashion is no exception. Explore how designers incorporate traditional aspects such as fabulously colorful fabrics and intricate beading into new, trendy ideas. Meet up with Ritu Kumar who is seen as the queen of Indian designers and look into an important part of Indian fashion: the wedding. Bollywood, which sets trends and captures the imagination of the public and fashion designers alike, is central to fashion in India. Rocky S. discusses his reputation as one of the most notable Bollywood designers. Rohit Bal has brought resurgence in Indian mens wear and is keen on preserving craft techniques that are under threat. Young designers like Swapnil Shinde, show the future of Indian fashion. Which city will emerge as the fashionistas favorite°K Mumbai or Delhi?

    DVD / 2008 / (Senior High - College) / 30 minutes

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    LONDON

    London is ranked as one of the top five fashion capitals of the world, and we are going to see why. Some of the most famed designers come out of schools in London. Meet up with the expert staff at Central St. Martin's to discover why they nurture talent with unique qualities. Bora Aksu is no exception. He came from Turkey and has since become a huge name in London's fashion scene. Meet the quirky designers Antoni and Alison who make their own trends. Unearth the vintage treasures that can be found in Rellik. Hear Amanda Wakeley's values of British quality and style. Visit Jasper Conran in his chic London boutique to discuss high-end fashion. And finally, unlock the secrets of Topshop in a meeting with brand director Jane Sheperdson. Experience the chaos, class and originality that is British style.

    DVD / 2008 / (Senior High - College) / 30 minutes

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    FAIR TRADE IN ACTION: FASHION FIRM CASE STUDY

    What is fair trade? How does it work in practice? What difference is it making to people in the developing world? This is the story of fair trade fashion company People Tree

    SWEATSHOP LABOUR: The UK fashion business is worth over ĘG40 billion annually. But beneath the industry's glamorous facade, there's an inconvenient truth: most of the clothes are made in the developing world using sweatshop labour. People Tree set out to make a difference, by selling well-designed clothes produced in the developing world for a fair price. They're now selling through Top Shop and working with 50 producer groups in 15 different countries. UK turnover is ĘG1.5 million.

    HAND-MADE: All People Tree's garments are hand-made. This means it is all much more labour intensive and slower than in factories. But that's the whole point: to create as much employment as possible. Care for the environment is also part of People Tree's plan. They use natural dyes and avoid toxic or synthetic raw materials. They use organic cotton which means not relying on harmful pesticides - but they're not totally organic yet.

    BANGLADESH: One woman working on People Tree's clothes in Bangladesh does seem to be benefiting from fair trade. She tells how working on producing fair trade clothes has improved her life, brought her more money and freed her from being stuck at home. But fair trade isn't an easy option. People Tree has little money for advertising and marketing and every day is a struggle. Fair trade is still only a small fraction of the fashion business - can it ever go mainstream?


    DVD (With Publication) / 2008 / 29 minutes

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    SMART TEXTILES

    Smart textiles possess enhanced functionality because of the integration of electronics, chemicals, metals or polymers with regular fibres. This program gives a brief overview of the development of "smart" textiles since the 1950s through to the 21st Century. The role of nano particles is explained; cutting edge innovations from RMIT and Nano Technology Victoria are featured and viewers are challenged to ponder the ethical considerations of smart textiles development.

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    DVD / 2007 / 25 minutes

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    HOW THE WORLD DRESSES: CLOTHING AND GLOBAL CULTURE

    Join us for a video tour of how the world dresses and explore the amazing diversity of clothing worldwide. Learn about ourselves by exploring everyday clothing in Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, and others. Open your clothing and fashion courses to embrace the whole world with this important new title.

  • Your "cool conscious" students might be surprised to discover how tradition shapes their choices.
  • What is the difference between tradition and fashion?
  • How do people dress on the other side of the planet? Does ethnic garb still rule or do they dress pretty much like Americans?
  • Why do people in some countries wear strange garments? Why robes, turbans and veils?
  • Isn't "American casual" far more practical?
  • Why is there no American "ethnic costume?"
  • How does religion influence fashion?

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2005 / 18 minutes

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    ALL ABOUT TEXTILES PART 1 - INTRODUCING TEXTILES

    This program introduces students to fibres, fabrics and textiles. It tells the story of the development of fabrics from earliest times to cottage industry, then the move to large factories brought about in the Industrial Revolution. We see how today's technology has produced fabric types and manufacturing processes that have again revolutionised the industry. The differences between natural and synthetic fibres are looked at. The program then explores the processes used in turning both natural and synthetic fibres into yarns and then into fabrics, and looks at a range of fabric types, their different properties and their uses. Finally, the program looks at recent developments in the industry and the appearance of new fabrics on the scene.

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    DVD / 2003 / 25 minutes

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    ALL ABOUT TEXTILES PART 2 - A TEXTILE WORLD

    This program looks at the multitude of industries involved with textile manufacture and use, and establishes how vital the textile industry is to the global economy. Various finishing techniques to different fabrics are explored, showing how treating them in different ways can change and enhance certain properties. The program then looks at the testing of fabrics - in a school and a commercial laboratory -which properties are commonly tested for, and why it is important to continually test them.

    The program examines ways in which the environmental impact of textile manufacture and use can be reduced and how the fashion industry has reflected the development of textiles over time.

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    DVD / 2003 / 25 minutes

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    NEW FABRICS, THEN FIBERS

    A definition of fiber, properties of fibers, fiber categories (natural and manufactured), and new fibers that have recently been invented are topics covered in this educational video. Your students will learn the process of how fibers are woven into textiles and the uses of different fibers with this practical video.

    DVD / 2003 / (Grades 9-12) / 20 minutes

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    SEVENTH AVENUE: AMERICA'S PREMIER FASHION CENTER

    When retailers come to New York in search of the latest fashion innovations, they head for Seventh Avenue. They are shown the newest vendor offerings and choose those that seem headed for success. It's no simple task to bring these offerings to the marketplace. The road is long and tedious and warrants the expertise of many industrial partners to make the transition from raw materials to finished products successful. Included are the mills that turn fibers into fabric, the designer's role in the creation of the new styles and silhouettes, production facilities that take the materials and transform them into salable products, and the venues in which the samples are marketed.

    DVD / 2000 / 20 minutes

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    FASHION: ITALIAN STYLE

    When talking fashion, Americans speak Italian, buying more than $15 billion worth of apparel and leather goods annually. Join the fashion crowd on the runway as models display fabulous fashions by top designers, such as Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Zanella, Salvatore Ferragamo and Hana K. Imagine you are in the honored buyer's chair as you are presented with sportswear, business and evening wear collections created by these top designers.

    DVD / 1997 / 23 minutes

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    HISTORY OF APPAREL DESIGN: 1930 TO THE 21ST CENTURY

    Enjoy a decade-by-decade overview of how music, movies, events and designers have helped shape fashion during the past 70 years. Students discover methods used to promote fashion, such as trade and popular magazines, television and movie stars' wardrobes, store displays and fashion shows. Viewers are presented with trademark styles of leading designers as models bring fashion history to life.

    DVD / 1992 / 35 minutes

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    FIELD TRIP: MARK SCHNEIDER JEWERLY DESIGN

    Marc Schneider, one of the most honored jewelry designers of our time, takes you on a tour of his facilities, walks you through the steps of designing and making a ring, as well as discussing how to market to clients. With over 36 national and international awards and two American Vision awards, he has exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and is on permanent display at the world renowned Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. This DVD explains the steps taken to make jewelry, factors to consider when coordinating accessories, along with what it takes to forge your own business and make it as an entrepreneur.

    DVD / 27 minutes

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