(Tulle and silk flowers for headdress above were purchased at, and are available for purchase at Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store.)
New silk fabric, woolen fabric, cotton fabric, buttons, lace trims, and more...each month brings new temptations!
The latest updates and gatherings involving the Britex Community. Stay up to date and make sure to mark your calendars.
Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!
Britex Fabrics customer Adam Arnold created a fabulous blouse and skirt set from some amazing Viscose Crepe fabric with a brightly colored print, from his own pattern. Since viscose is light in weight, it makes for excellent skirts or shirts for spring. Visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to check out our amazing selection of Viscose fabrics.
Adam is an independent fashion designer in Portland, Oregon. He designs, drafts, and constructs clothing for men and women. Adam has collaborated with the Portland Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Oregon Ballet. Adam graduated from FIDM in San Francisco in 1996, and has been sewing his entire life.
We had the pleasure of working with this, at first energetic, group of gals from the Museum of African Diaspora last month. They were part of MoAD’s summer program, Behind the Lens: Girls of Color and the Media. Click here to read more »
Glamour-rama! We may not be able to make it to the V & A, but we can daydream. In this video by the Victoria & Albert Museum, we are privy to interviews with designers Nicholas Oakwell, Bruce Oldfield, David Sassoon, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda Illincic as they examine the significance of the ballgown, and what it is to be truly gorgeously, over-the-top glamorous.
Is it another restless night in the smoldering summer heat? The online collection of the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has expanded! Pour yourself a glass of icy orangeade, curl up with your laptop, and prepare to take a virtual voyage through the world of couture fashion. Collections include the 18th and 19th Century, 1900s, 1920s and 1930s. 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Accessories, and Menswear. Sigh…were these dapper suits worn in 2012 by your local barista, or are they circa 1850?
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the epitome of British refinement and decorum. Here, they present a free online educational seminar in corsetry, complete with photographs of corsets, bustles, and crinolines from their collection.
“No other garment in Western history has assumed such political, social, and sexual significance. What is it about the corset? A mere undergarment, designed to enhance the female figure, has become an icon of all that fascinates about the ambiguous sexual codes of the Victorian era. Was wearing corsets primarily about sexual empowerment or restrictive chastisement? Could the corset explain common female maladies of the Victorian era, from fainting fits to miscarriage? How great was the suffering, for how small a waist? Lucy Johnston, curator at the Fashion Department of The Victoria and Albert Museum, takes us through the history of the corset, from the ascension of Queen Victoria through the first decade of the twentieth century. Most of us are not aware of the many different phases, shapes and fabrics of the corset, as well as the technological innovation involved. Suzanne Lussier, also of the (V & A Museum ) Fashion Department, sees the corset through to contemporary fashion, to reveal how our obsession with the corset has persisted and evolved to incorporate modern sexual and aesthetic tastes.”
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes Exhibition is currently showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Founded by Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929), called in turns a dictator, devil, charlatan, sorcerer, and charmer, he revolutionised early 20th-century arts and continues to influence cultural activity today. Many of the amazing Ballets Russes costumes are available for online viewing on the V & A website, and their blog. Here is the cover of Le Théatre showing Tamara Karsavina in costume as the Firebird (May 1911) with a fillip of a white feather bustle, and a black and white photo of Ballet Russes dancers in costumes for Le Train bleu, wearing costumes designed by Chanel (Sasha – 1924.)
Paris is swell. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli worked in collaboration with avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau in 1937 to design a jacket for that year’s Autumn collection. The jacket was embroidered with a woman caressing the waist of the wearer, and long blonde glittering locks cascading down one sleeve, with the embroidering being executed by the couture embroidery house of Lesage. This stunning garment is made of linen, gilded metallic thread embroidery, beads, and paillettes. This is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
To Dye For: A World Saturated in Color, July 31, 2010 – January 9, 2011, The de Young Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118. To Dye For features over 50 textiles and costumes from the Fine Arts Museums’ comprehensive collection of textiles from Africa, Asia and the Americas. This exhibition showcases objects from diverse cultures and historical periods, including a tie-dyed mantle from the Wari-Nasca culture of pre-Hispanic Peru (500–900 A.D.), a paste-resist Mongolian felt rug from the 15th–17th century and a group of stitch-resist dyed 20th-century kerchiefs from the Dida people of the Ivory Coast. These historical pieces are contrasted with artworks from contemporary Bay Area artists. The exhibition highlights several recent acquisitions, including important gifts such as a pair of ikat-woven, early-20th-century women’s skirts from the Iban people of Sarawak, Malaysia and two exquisite hand-painted and mordant-dyed Indian trade cloths used as heirloom cloths by the Toraja peoples of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Thursday June 3rd from 6-8pm – Amelia Strader from the Museum of Craft and Folk Art Celebrate, Etsy and Britex Fabrics team up to bring you a workshop in creating this charming, vintage-inspired fabric and felt pin. It’s super simple to make, gussy up any outfit, and costs little to put together. There will also be free-form Stitch and Bitch area where you can start a new project, or work on an existing one. The cost for the workshop is $5, which includes admission to the gallery, and supplies for the craft. Resident crafter Amelia Strader will be doing the Etsy Virtual Lab at 1 PM on June 3rd—be sure to check it out if you can’t make it to CRAFT BAR! 51 Museum of Craft and Folk Art, Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, California 94103.