Rethinking retail design In a time when so many shoppers are preferring to do it online, those businesses who want to continue to survive successfully on the main street or in the mall need to think innovatively to recreate a stimulating shopping environment. And we´re not just talking about the look of the shop but a total service package and brand identity that can win customer loyalty, ideally for a lifetime. Viennese Architecture - influence runs deep Many threads flow through and out of the architecture designed in Vienna at the dawn of the 20th century. One of them is the concept of one-stop shopping, expressed in our time through innovative shops like IKEA. Trends: putting fashion into the museum Listed in New York Daily News as one of Fashion´s 50 Most Powerful People, eminent fashion scholar Valerie Steele is the director and curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. Here, she talks about the relationship between the museum and fashion - it is a new trend. Listeners’ Letters Here is an audio clip of this week’s Listeners’ Letters. What do Industrial Designers do? The Australian Industry´s night of nights, the 2011 Australian International Design Awards Presentation Ceremony, was held in Melbourne on Friday 22 July 2011,
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It turns out it’s really hard for a small team of public radio employees to turn themselves into a cutting-edge apparel company.
Colin Marshall talks to Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor, creators of the new men’s style web series and blog Put This On, which explore all facets of the art of “dressing like a grown-up.” Thorn is also the host of Public Radio International’s The Sound of Young America as well as the comedy podcast Jordan Jesse Go; Lisagor is also a co-host and producer of the comedy podcast You Look Nice Today.
Lisa Jardine ponders the effect of recession on the lingerie industry … both today and in Tudor times.
BBC, A Point of View: "The neck frill grew oversized, into the elaborate, face-framing ruffs which for many of us define late Tudor dress, as it features in any number of formal portraits of royalty and nobility. Starching these became a laundry skill in its own right - the very first specialist ruff-launderer in England is supposed to have been a Flemish woman, Mistress Dingen Van der Passe, who brought Dutch-standard starching to London in 1564. Detached ruffs and decorative cuffs were securely attached to the outer garments for each wearing, using metal pins. It has been suggested that in economic terms, these pins are the first genuinely disposable commodities of emerging consumer culture, since they were bought in bulk, used once and then discarded (though there are records of the more frugal having their bent pins straightened for re-use). Even without integral layered and embroidered neck-frills and cuffs, the amount of coloured embroidery on the upper part of shirt and smock continued to grow, transforming the simple undergarment into an object of beauty in its own right." Full text at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7689554.stm.