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Ropa Americana (American Clothing) (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Ropa Americana documents the travels of an old purple t-shirt from the Toronto housewife who donates it to Goodwill Industry to its final destination, a housewife in Costa Rica who buys it in a second-hand store.
1980s Fashion (streaming, Academic Video Online)
See highlights of the top fashion shows of the 80s. Iconic designer shows include Bill Blass, Mary McFadden, Bob Mackie, Oscar De La Renta, Stephen Sprouse, Bern Conrad, Albert Nipon and Anne Pinkerton.
Bamboo Clothing (streaming, Academic Video Online)
It's strong, grows up to a metre a day, needs little water and can sequester more carbon than trees. It's hailed as a green source of fabric, but what happens when you take something strong durable and hard like bamboo and turn it into something soft that you can wear against your skin? Tanya Ha looks into the green credentials of fashionable bamboo.
Men of the Cloth (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Men of the Cloth is an inspiring portrait of three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system as they navigate their challenging roles in the twilight of their career. The film unravels the mystery of their artistry and reveals how their passionate devotion to their Old World craft is akin to a religion.
Riveted: The History of Jeans (Streaming, Academic Video Online)
Discover the fascinating story of this iconic American garment. From their roots in slavery to the Wild West, hippies, high fashion and hip-hop, jeans are the fabric on which the history of American ideology and politics are writ large.
Levi 501 Jeans (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This episode of Design Classis features the Levi 501 jeans, tracing its early history and why today they still have such a cult following.
Trends: Uniforms (streaming, Academic Video Online)
This segment of Sunday Morning is about the influence of fashion and marketing on college football uniforms.
The Veil Unveiled (streaming, Academic Video Online)
In Yemen, the land of Queen Saba, a wide variety of veils can be found. In the capital Sana’a, the women, although at first sight appearing to all be wearing but black, distinguish themselves one from the other through this diversity. Each veil not only carries its own symbolism, but the variety of ways of wearing each becomes a form of expression. It becomes a game of what one hides and what one unveils. Approaching the veil from a fashion standpoint, this film offers a different perspective on this highly and debated topic.
1960s Fashion (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Original B&W fashion newsreels documenting the clothes and accessories of the 1960s. See the MOD sunglasses, mini-skirts, hats, plastic dresses, go-go boots and more looks from the swinging decade!
T-Shirt Travels (streaming, Academic Video Online)
What happens to all those old clothes you bring to the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries? This comprehensive program is about Third World debt and secondhand clothes. The filmmaker travelled to Zambia and was amazed to find almost everyone wearing Calvin Klein, MTV and James Dean t-shirts! Huge bales of American secondhand clothing are sold to African importers, putting the African manufacturers out of business.
Covered Girls (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Have you ever seen Muslim-American high school girls in full-length dresses and traditional hijabs (head scarves) playing full-court basketball? Prior to 9/11, the average Westerner had little more than one-dimensional views of Islam and Muslim women. Covered Girls opens a window into the lives of a colorful and startling group of Muslim-American teenage girls in New York and challenges the stereotypes many Americans may have about this culture.
The Colour of Beauty (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Renee Thompson is trying to make it as a top fashion model in New York. She's got the looks, the walk and the drive. But she’s a black model in a world where white women represent the standard of beauty. Agencies rarely hire black models.
Chinese Foot Binding: The Vanishing Lotus (streaming, Academic Video Online)
A pair of small feet -- three-inch golden lilies -- were once the male-designated yardstick for feminine beauty in China. A young girl's feet were broken and bound inwards along the instep, a process that caused excruciating pain.
Beauty in China (streaming, Academic Video Online)
These days, ambitious young women in China feel they have to Westernize their appearance through plastic surgery in order to get ahead. They undergo lengthy, painful, and expensive surgery and hospitalization, often financed by their parents who can ill afford it.
Body Image: The Quest for Perfection (streaming, Academic Video Online)
The statistics dealing with women, self-esteem, and body image paint a bleak picture: 80% of fourth-grade girls are on a diet at any given moment, and 20% of young American women have an eating disorder.
Introduction to Costume Design (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of California Irvine, Marcia Froehlich, explores the fundamentals of costume design by taking you behind the scenes into the drama department’s costume workshop. Showcasing detailed costume boards and dress forms, Froehlich discusses the crucial decisions behind color palettes, fabric choices, and historical influence as well as the importance of both factual research and “emotional research” around the production and the script.
Fashion of the millenium series (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Who are the fashion designers who have spread new trends and reshaped style? Where do they come from ? This series will revisit what this new generation of talents has brought to the World of Fashion. Each episode is dedicated to one particular School of influence and its continuity in the history of fashion, from the Anglo-Saxon wave (Galliano, Jacobs, Mc Queen, etc.) to the Nordic school of talents (Viktor&Ralf, A.F. Vandervorst, etc.) and the French Nouvelle Vague (K. Lagerfeld, Versace,
Daughters of the cloth (streaming, Academic Video Online)
Daughters of the Cloth is a stirring portrait of a Korean immigrant family working in the downtown Los Angeles garment industry. Mr. and Mrs. Bang worked for over 17 years in the business, starting out as sewing laborers and later founding and operating their own sewing contracting company. Now retired, they watch as their three daughters, who decided to strike it out on their own, struggle anew. Navigating at various levels of the industry -- from a retailer at the top, a manufacturer and a contractor in the middle, to workers at the bottom -- the Bang daughters search to find their place within a cutthroat apparel business. What unfolds next are the challenges of their small business ownership, family unity and their very survival.