Archive for October, 2008

Twenty1F: Fashion for the 21st Century

October 21, 2008

TWENTY1F (or 21F) is a group of designers, researchers, artists &
technologists pushing the boundaries of fashion. We are committed to
exploring and documenting the redefinition of the body and society through
the hybridization of clothing and technology. 21F features news, events,
opportunities, and resources.”

I’ve been looking for a blog like this for a while, and I’ve finally found it. Sometimes there is just so much information everywhere that it is hard to see where the really good stuff is. Lots of interesting tidbits, some seemingly mundane, but I’m glad there are people out there experimenting rather than closing off their minds to possibilities. It’s always good to take a look at these trends as a designer before they become big enough to get mainstream.

This post on one of my favorite blogs, Fashion Incubator, touches on something that I think relates well to this. Creativity is not skill, and often the two get interchanged. These experimenters and technologies are more creative than many people who draw pretty pictures. I see this all the time – artists who create beautiful things, but are unwilling to push the boundaries and do something new, only something more skillful.

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What’s in a name?

October 9, 2008

The name Fashion 2.0 is a reference to Web 2.0, “a term describing changing trends in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, secure information sharing, collaboration and functionality of the web.” The world is changing as it always has, but technology is doing so at a much faster pace than fashion. Why? Fashion has so many dimensions and is directly related to so many sociological influences. All dimensions must work in collaboration together for mainstream fashion to move forward, and it is difficult to achieve that overnight.

I will repeat this statement over and over again, something I hold to my values: We do not need more clothes in this world – we need better designed clothes, clothes that foster community, growth, and changing values.

And that’s where this new direction is relevant: we are combining industries, harnessing our creativity to become more productive, and using productivity to become more creative. Technology serves us so many purposes – one of those is that we are given so much more leisure time. What have people done with this time? We’ve become a consumer-driven monsters. Tsk tsk. This past year I went on a 4 month shopping ban, and I did well on that, but consider this: my original plan was to last a year.

So 2.0, the next step in fashion, one that goes beyond aesthetics just as the web has gone beyond purely information.

I’d love to meet people who share this philosophy.

an introduction

October 8, 2008

Welcome. I’m Annching Wang, and this is my blog. I plan on using this as a platform to communicate with you about fashion and my life as an aspiring fashion professional. I’m currently in my 3rd year in a fashion design degree program in Vancouver. I go to school full time and work 3 days a week at a bridal shop.

My passions include technology, good design, writing, reading, sustainability, beauty, simplicity, branding and marketing, and illustration. I have an idea of what I would not enjoy doing in the fashion industry, so I am working my way towards a path that I would enjoy.

Right now I’m throwing around ideas for my 4th year collection, one that pertains to the criteria (niche market) and to my own aesthetic and philosophy. It may be the last time in a long while that I will be able to design and produce a collection from start to finish, so I have to make it good. That’ll take up much of the focus of this blog next year, but until then, I will write about whatever I am passionate about and feel the need to communicate to all you folk out there. Enjoy.

-Annching Wang