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Suffrage, Sustainability, Sewing: One Dress Tells Many Stories

Our feature for International Women’s Day stands for all we believe in at Visuology – slow fashion, sustainable design, social discourse, female entrepreneurial instinct and expert craftsmanship. Instead of creating collections for 2017 and 2018, Lucy Tammam, founder of Atelier Tammam, decided to make just one dress: “I wanted to do a project that brought […]

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Couture Dreams Are Made of This: Dior at the V&A

Descending a staircase adorned with trademark fashion illustrations to a narrow entrance area featuring Dior’s New Look, I realize this is likely to become a bottleneck for visitors, though probably not as uncomfortable as being squeezed into the 19-inch waist of the silk Shantung jacket from the Bar suit that has come to epitomize the house of Dior’s Corolle silhouette.

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Raw Talent and Retro Texture at Collect Craft Fair

No one would have guessed that the Great Pottery Throw Down would make for compelling television entertainment, let alone that BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour would be running its own craft competition to celebrate the programme’s 70th anniversary. Likewise, few could have anticipated the rise and rise of craft, at a time when ‘authenticity’ is everywhere, […]

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Slow Solutions for a Complex World: Visuology Visits London’s New Design Museum

Whether you go to London’s new Design Museum to see the architecture or the exhibits, you are unlikely to be disappointed. Hailed by original founder and inspirational octogenarian, Sir Terence Conran as, “a cathedral of design,” and “the most important moment of my career in design… so far,” the museum brings to life a dream […]

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Biophilic Style at Clerkenwell Design Week 2016

In Visuology Issue 2, we featured Outside In living, drawing attention to the growing desire to be at one with nature. Carpet tile maker, Interface, has researched the global impact of biophilic design in the workplace. Workers in office environments with natural elements, such as greenery and sunlight, report a 15% higher level of wellbeing, […]

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Fibre Footwear in Fashion: Sustainable Straw Shoes

Espadrilles and shoes with woven natural fibre soles have been in and out of fashion for nearly a hundred years and are currently having a major revival. The biggest grass shoe of the moment has to be Egg’s beetlecrusher, made from natural rush. The designer price may preclude a rush to newly relocated Dover Street […]

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Sustainable Summer Hats at Fiona Bennett, Berlin

Why is it that art galleries and happening concept stores are always off the beaten track? There’s probably a correlation between the difficulty of finding a place and the level of slow style snobbery. On the same stretch of Berlin’s Potsdamer Strasse as uber-trendy Andreas Murkudis, a new Acne outpost, a fair few Turkish grocery […]

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China Tea Connection: History, Culture, Ceremony and Craft

Everything is connected. People say the world is getting smaller, but external cultural influences have inspired tastes in food, style, art and design for as long as man has travelled. In China, tea has been drunk for millennia, but the art of drinking tea is a culture all of its own. Gonfu Cha, the Chinese tea ceremony means “making […]

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