Category Archives: Textile & Fashion Design

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SoHE News & Events: April 12-18

In Anticipation of Threads 2019 In a few weeks, the Madison Masonic Center will be hosting one of SoHE’s most beloved events Threads: Fashion Show. Threads is a yearly fashion show that showcases Textile and Fashion Design students’ various projects from the school year. Dubbing Helen Louise Allen as the ‘Point of Muse’ for students, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Finger Puppet Gloves

Puppet Glove, Denmark, 1968, 8 in. x 8 in. Alissa Donovan is a 3rd-year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Textiles enrich our daily lives in many ways, and have been doing so since the beginning of civilization. Textiles have served as protection, beauty, practicality, and art. Possibly the […]

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Textile Tuesday: Helen In Thread

Happy Birthday Helen Louise Allen! Professor Allen spent her life teaching, traveling, and collecting the thousands of textiles in her legacy collection—a sample of which can be seen from now until April 14 in both the Design Gallery and Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Allen’s initial gift of 4,000 pieces, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Child’s Headpiece from China

Hat featuring embroidery and applique, silk and cotton, China, late nineteenth century, 7x11x8in. By Katie Larson, a third-year student in the School of Human Ecology. This colorful headpiece contains many culturally symbolic details significant to the history of late nineteenth-century China. I was drawn initially to this item by its unique appearance. In my experience […]

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Textile Tuesday: Silver Foil Dress

Dress, silver foil, Reynolds Metals Company, United States, 1968, 37×28″ By Gretchen Meyer, a second-year student in SoHE, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. While browsing through the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, I was in love with so many of the pieces. When I came across this stunning dress – a beautiful, glittery silver shift […]

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Textile Tuesday: Marimekko Furnishing Fabric

Oona pattern designed by Maija Isola, Furnishing Fabric, Finland, 1969, 55.25 x 29.5″ By Samuel Anglehart, a fourth-year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Marimekko is a design house that played an integral role in the world of textiles. Starting in the early 1950s, Marimekko became a household name as they incorporated graphic […]

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Textile Tuesday: Chrysanthemum Print

Futon Cover Fragment, Japan, 1868-1912, 14×13 in  By Sophie Downs, a fourth year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design.  This floral piece of cloth is a futon cover fragment from Japan from the turn of the twentieth century. A futon (pronounced fu-tone not fu-tan) is a Japanese style of bed that is essentially […]

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Textile Tuesday: Metamorphosis

Dress, Carolyn Kallenborn, 1994, US, 65×18 in By Jessica Inman, a student in Retailing and Consumer Behavior in the School of Human Ecology. When looking at the Hellen Allen Louise Textile collection online, I was immediately drawn to the dress called ‘Metamorphosis,’ by Carolyn Kallenborn, created in the United States in 1994. I was interested […]

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Textile Tuesday: Yoruba Costume

Unknown Yoruba Artist, Masquerade Costume, Nigeria, late 20th century By Richard Lor, a fourth-year student in Design Studies, studying Interior Architecture Traditional clothing and garments have always intrigued me. The traditional clothing of my own Hmong culture has significant meaning attached, and items are worn during specific events. In the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Red Kimono

Embroidered silk kimono, 1930s, Japan, 64×58″ Written by Nghi Tuong, a third year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. I chose to write about this Japanese kimono from the 1930s because I have always been attracted to things that are red, so the background color and the beautiful gold […]

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Textile Tuesday: Chinese Silk Jacket

Embroidered Jacket, metallic and silk threads on silk ground, c. 1875, China, 21×47 in. 1997.09.001 Written by Yuqi Jiang, a third year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. As a student from China, I grew up learning about Chinese history and watched many historical TV programs. I was always obsessed with historical Chinese […]

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Textile Tuesday: Zardozi Purse

Metallic Embroidery, 1960s, India, 5x8x1in. By David Newell, Director of the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, and Marina Moskowitz, Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design This elegant purse was one piece in the original bequest of Prof. Helen Louise Allen to form the textile collection that —50 years on— is such […]

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Students extend winning streak in fashion industry competition

The global fashion and retail industry just received another strong message from the heartland: The University of Wisconsin–Madison continues to be a go-to place for up-and-coming talent. Extending a long winning streak, UW­­–Madison students again cleaned up in a prestigious national competition sponsored each year by the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. The New York-based awards are […]

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Textile Tuesday: Chinese Lady

Embroidery and Weaving, 1986, United States of America, 11x10in. By Mary Pasko, a third year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design If one takes a gander at the incredible, intricate, and colorful pieces in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, one might not notice a tiny yet marvelous piece: Chinese Lady created […]

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Textile Tuesday: Chinese Ox Hat

Appliqué, embroidery, paint, and weaving, 1900-1949, China, 8x8x7” By Kayla Caldwell, a fourth-year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Stitch by stitch the details of the ox’s face, its rider, and the colorful creatures and flowers that adorned its head all began to fall into place. The time and care put into […]

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Textile Tuesday: A Renaissance Italian Chasuble

Metallic and silk thread on linen, 1400-1499, Italy By Austin Morrow, a third-year student in Design Studies, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. This fifteenth-century Catholic chasuble from the northeastern shore of Italy is an incredible example of many different art forms. A chasuble is a part of the vestment, or ceremonial dress, of a Catholic […]

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Sergenian’s Carpet Rug Design Competition

Sergenian’s Carpet company here in Madison has been running a rug design competition with SoHE students for the last four years. Students in Marianne Fairbanks’ Weaving class and Jenny Angus’ Manual and Computer Generated Design class participated in the project. As part of the competition, the students visited Sergenian’s to learn about the techniques and […]

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UW x August – EVERY BODY

every body, every shape, every skin color…everyone is beautiful! August, a streetwear shop located in downtown Madison’s State Street, partnered up with SoHE students to host “Every Body,” a styling and photography event that took place on November 17.  The intent of the “Every Body” concept was created to break conventional beauty standards. Students in […]

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UW x August Street Wear Challenge

A student blog story SoHE Design studies students have been challenged to create one-color screen-printed shirts for August, a popular street wear boutique located on State Street in Madison. The project is a partnership between Rob Bowhan, owner of August, and students in Professor Jennifer Angus’ Printing and Dyeing I and II courses. These students incorporated […]

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SoHE News and Events: November 9-15

Wagner Discusses New AAP Guidelines  |Robb’s Student Loan Paper Published + | Alter Exhibit Extended  |  Financial Life Skills Meets the Daily Cardinal   Dr. Amy Wagner on WPR and new AAP Guidance “Helping children learn to regulate their behavior and emotions starts with adults who are able to regulate their own behavior and emotions,” […]

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Remembrance and Celebration 2018 Community Altar Project

Photo Essay Inspired by Day of the Dead traditions, the Remembrance and Celebration 2018 Community Altar Project is on display in the SoHE building main entry until November 6. Free wooden boxes were given out to the community to decorate. Over 60 altars honoring people, pets and more were created by individuals for this group exhibit, […]

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SoHE News and Events: September 28-October 3

Student Loans & Relationships| Energy Insecurity | Beetle Wings & Textiles Assistant Professor Addo’s Studey on How Student Debt Impacts Relationships Assistant Professor Fenaba Addo’s findings in the recently published study The Changing Nature of the Association Between Student Loan Debt and Marital Behavior in Young Adulthood are being picked up by a range of […]

Ready-to-wear: These students design – and often wear – their own clothes

In between putting on fashion shows, designing fabrics and constructing garments for class projects, some students majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design find time to make clothes for themselves to wear. Emily Popp challenged herself two semesters ago to wear only the clothes she had personally designed and fabricated for an entire semester, calling it her “fashion […]

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4W Summer Internships Show Global Impact

4W, an initiative founded at the School of Human Ecology (SoHE), is aiming to leverage the strengths of UW-Madison “to make life better for women and make the world better for all.” Indeed, the most important aspects of this initiative—women, well-being, Wisconsin, and the world—are reflected in its succinct title. Today, the collaboration between SoHE, […]