textiles for fashion


Jessica So Ren Tang

Impressive portfolio of embroidery work by Chinese American artist

Embroidery is versatile in mimicking the original object in shape and design but still distinct enough to be recognized as something else. The stitches are soft but substantial, more tangible.

With embroidery, I explore my Asian-American born identity-the dualism of being too Asian to be American, and too American to be Asian.

In my object series, I recreate familiar Asian American objects that take on the visual identity of the original object but reject said identity due to its material.

In my girl series, I replace the facial identity of suggestively posed Asian women with Asian textile patterns. The patterned skin creates a broader spectrum of Asian identity; it becomes more ambiguous and fluid as identity moves between the two.

More at her website here [@jessicasorentang also has a tumblr here, Instagram here]

[h/t @otakugangsta]


Why do “text” and “textile” have the same word root? In this video, learn from Tim Perry about ancient technologies and ways of thinking about texts and fabrics.

This is the first in a series of three videos we just finished for an online course on the history of fashion, taught by Nicole Johnston of the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection.  The videos were produced by Alora Bauer, the University of Missouri Libraries e-Learning graduate assistant.

Stay tuned next week for medieval fashion!