Remembering The Life & Work Of Pierre Cardin (1922–2020)

One of the most celebrated and influential designers of the 20th century, Pierre Cardin, born in 1922 in Treviso, Italy, commenced his career at the age of fourteen undertaking an apprenticeship at a clothier. The Italian French designer, who passed away last week aged 98, left home in 1939 to work for a tailor in…

Who Are The Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers

The women of Gee’s Bend, a small, remote, Black community in Alabama, have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. Resembling an inland island, Gee’s Bend is surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River. The some seven hundred or so inhabitants of this small, rural community are…

Yugantar — Reflecting On Bangalore’s Radical Feminist Film Collective Of The 80s

Yugantar, India’s first feminist film collective, was founded in Bangalore by friends and filmmakers Abha Bhaiya, Navroze Contractor, Deepa Dhanraj, and Meera Rao. Operating between 1980 and 1983, during a time of radical political transformation, Yugantar created four pioneering films together with existing or ensuing women’s groups, including domestic workers in Pune (Molkarin, 1981), female…

Remembering The Life & Work Of Enzo Mari (1932-2020)

Born in Novara, Italy in 1932, celebrated Italian postmodernist artist, writer, and product and furniture designer Enzo Mari passed away yesterday, 19 October 2020. A fervent believer in the notion that good design should be available to all, and not just a privileged few, Mari’s dynamic practice incorporated explorations of the Arts and Crafts movement,…

Remembering The Life & Work Of Kenzō Takada (1939-2020)

Celebrated Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzō Takada, born 27 February 1939, passed away earlier this week, on 4 October 2020, following complications with Covid-19. Takada founded his eponymous fashion house Kenzo in 1970, becoming well known for fusing Asian and Japanese influenced styles with constructions traditionally associated with European fashion. He remained prolific until his passing,…

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