The Social Life of the Garment
A curatorial essay written by Sarah Margolis-Pineo exploring the concepts and questions underlying the exhibition.
An essay reflecting on personal and family history with Pendleton Woolen Mills, by Jacqueline Keeler.
The Business of Fashion: An Interview with Celeste Stipes of Radish Underground and Holly Stalder of Haunt
Weaver and textile designer Kyla Mucci sits down with Celeste Stipes, owner of Radish Underground, and Holly Stalder, designer/owner of Haunt, to discuss the business of the apparel industry in Portland.
Kyle Yoshioka speaks with designer and store owner Justin Machus, whose eponymous menswear boutique is setting a new standard for Portland-based men’s fashion.
Curatorial Walkthrough | Fashioning Cascadia
Join curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo for a walk through of Museum of Contemporary Craft’s most recent exhibition, on view through October 11, 2014Download (mp3).
Video | Adam Arnold
Video | Michael Cepress
Video | Anna Cohen for Imperial Stock Ranch
Video | Michelle Lesniak
Video | Carole McClellan
Video | Liza Rietz
Video | Anna Telcs
Video | Portland Garment Factory
Prototyping Fashion's Future: The Business of Fashion
Prototyping Fashion’s Futures is a half-day symposium conceived as a think-tank to envision how Portland can become an incubator for the slow fashion movement.
PDX Garment Map
PDX Garment Map is an ongoing, interactive catalog of apparel production in Portland, Oregon. This resource includes sources for materials, made-to-measure design, full-scale production, garment repair, and educational opportunities in the field of fashion design.
PDX Garment Map was conceived as a component of Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment, on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft May 9 – October 11, 2014. To contribute to PDX Garment Map, email: Curatorial@MuseumofContemporaryCraft.org
Slide Show | Seaplane: Epicenter of Independent Fashion Design in Portland, 2000 – 2008
Sentimental Value PDX
Every object has a story. Even our most mundane possessions narrate when, how, and why they entered our lives, and how they have been used since. Given the tactility and intimacy of clothing, garments often become repositories for meaning, acquiring sentimental value through continued wear and reuse.
This blog, inspired by Emily Spivack’s ongoing project Sentimental Value, is a forum for Museum visitors to share their own Sentimental Value stories. Sentimental Value PDX also includes the Vintage Emporium, a collaboration of artist Michael Horwitz and AlexSandra, owner of AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium in North Portland.
Contribute to Sentimental Value PDX by emailing images and reflections to: Curatorial@MuseumofContemporaryCraft.org
May 09, 2014 – October 11, 2014
Curated by: Sarah Margolis-Pineo
Presenting Sponsor: Pendleton Woolen Mills
How does fashion and clothing engage craft, technically, materially, and conceptually in the design, production, circulation, use, and reuse of garments? Here, clothing is defined as the objects produced—the physical garments, whereas fashion is viewed as the cultural zeitgeist that fashion embodies: an ever-changing identity for the current moment. Leveraging craft as a framework, Fashioning Cascadia collapses clothing and fashion, bringing together the tangible utility of clothing with the creativity and cultural import of fashion in the Cascadian region.
This exhibition will ask: What is being made here and why? How does the fashion industry shape the regional identity of the Pacific Northwest? How/why are we known as a locality innovates through research and technology as well as handcraft, finding new models of production and consumption that reframe behavior patterns to be positioned for a more sustainable future?
This exhibition, firstly, unpacks the craft of the designer’s studio through the exhibition of work by regional clothiers including those involved in all aspects of the design and production, as well as those forging new production models based on locally-sourced and produced supply chains. In particular, this portion of the exhibition will honor the Fibershed ideology laid out by Rebecca Burgess that emphasizes regional and slow fiber systems similar to those that have been embraced in the culinary field.
Secondly, this exhibition will explore the craft of use, or the circulation, modification, and social meaning that becomes embedded in garments. This portion of the exhibition will emphasize the use of heirloom narrative and re-skilling as a way to examine individual behavior and breakdown prevailing attitudes towards clothing as a disposable commodity.
Anna Cohen for Imperial Stock Ranch
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Otto von Busch
Community Connections Exhibition:
Portland Garment Factory