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CURRICULUM SUBJECTS: Fashion and Textiles

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Australian Fashion eResources

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Suzanne Lee: Grow your own clothes

Fashion 1960s

100 Years of Fashion in 2 Minutes | MODE

How a Sewing Machine Works


Paperbark woman: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion design


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers are today expressing their cultures in graphic design, jewellery, textiles and fashion. Their work sheds new light on traditional themes and motifs, revealing contrasts between the different regions of Australia. The energy and imagination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design reveals a culture with a continuity that remains through the fickle changes of fashion.

Textile design techniques range from traditional fibre crafts to screen-printing, batik and hand-painting. The techniques reflect external influences such as training opportunities, travel and market forces.

Lenore Dembski: Paperbark Woman

Textile Arts of Central Asia


The textile arts of Central Asia are rich in colour, pattern and texture. They reflect many things:

  • cultural differences within the region
  • the lifestyle of nomadic people and oasis dwellers
  • religious beliefs
  • history and
  • geography

Tutorial explaining how to sew with elastic thread

Sewing with Clear Elastic

World of Wearable Art


Wearable Art: Australian designers dazzle by Kristina Harazim, 2015

The 50 Best Artist Collaborations in Fashion by , Complex, 2013

Framed Paintings Made into Wearable Art: Viktor & Rolf by Ana Gragert, 2015

High Fashion: Wearable Art or Just Art? by by

The Wearable Art You Have To See To Believe  2015

Wearable Art: Australian designers dazzle at fashion show described as 'Lady Gaga on steroids'

From bizarre breakfast inspired bras to fish scale dresses made from recycled leather  2016   "'I was inspired by the texture and colours of... the iridescent spiny fins of the Hippocampus from the Percy Jackson movie The Sea of Monsters and some incredible NASA images taken by the Hubble telescope,' the designer said.

The Blurred Lines Of Fashion And Art: Mihov's Fusion Piece To Debut In London  2016

Wearable Art in the Nineteenth Century

The Met’s Costume Institute Ready to Reveal ‘Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion’  The Costume Institute's "Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion" reminds visitors of the evolution of fashion.

Mode a Paris

Gateway to fashion design & designers - Federation Francaise de la Couture, Paris France


Latest fashion shows, fashion video online, fashion news, fashion chat, A-Z of fashion

Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine

Fashion Photography...Kati Nescher by Inez & Vinoodh, Vogue Paris, Giambattista Valli haute couture, Fall 2012.

New Technologies

Fashion and Costume

‘Retrowow offers abroad introduction to design in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. It is a well-illustrated tour of various design classics of these eras, broken up thematically into sections’ [Intute].

Contents Tab on right of page.

Ethics in Fashion

Fashion and Textiles

A history of loving embroidery

Thousands of embroidered silk postcards were sent by Australian WWI soldiers in France to their families back home.

Postcard collecting grew quickly during WWI as soldiers heading to the trenches in Europe sent regular news to concerned family members back home.

Colourful embroidered silk postcards reached the peak of their popularity during this period, particularly to use as greeting cards for birthdays, Christmas and Easter.

It was estimated 10 million silk postcards were produced in Europe between 1915 and 1919.

Article link HERE

Lessons in Modern (Edwardian) Millinery c. 1903 NYPL Digital Library



Elements and Principles of Design





Vintage 1970s Yellow Cotton Baby Doll Set



The fashion designer's directory of shape and style  /  Simon Travers-Spencer, Zarida Zaman.  (2008)

Classification : Non Fiction 746.9 TRA

The World of Fashion  /  DIAMOND, Jay  &  DIAMOND, Ellen  (2013)

Classification : Non Fiction 987 DIA

The complete fashion sourcebook  /  John Peacock.  (2005)

Classification : Non Fiction 391 PEA

The Anatomy of a Suit