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Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #71

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Overalls

Overalls

Salopettes: The French word for bib-and-brace overalls.

Dungarees: An Indian-made cloth that came to be synonymous with the garments made from it, including some overalls.  In British slang, overalls are sometimes referred to as dungarees.

Snekkerbukse: Literally translated as “carpenter pants” in the Scandinavian languages but referring to traditional bib overalls.

Tuinbroek: Literally translated as “garden pants” in Dutch, but also referring to bib overalls.

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June 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #70

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Vetiver

Vetiver

Vetiver: A perennial grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides), native to India, mainly cultivated for the fragrant essential oil distilled from its roots.  According to Wikipedia, its “odor is described as deep, sweet, woody, smoky, earthy, amber, and balsam.”  As a fixative, it is estimated that 90% of perfumes in the western marketplace contain vetiver, with men’s fragrances containing higher concentrations.

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March 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #69

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Tyrian Purple

Tyrian Purple

Tyrian purple: Known as royal purpleimperial purple or imperial dye, is a purple-red natural dye which is a secretion produced by certain species of predatory sea snails by the name Murex.  First used by the ancient Phoenicians as early as 1600 B.C., the dye was greatly prized in antiquity because the color did not easily fade, but instead became brighter with weathering and sunlight (from Wikipedia).

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January 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #68

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Sheer Fabric

Sheer Fabric

Diaphaneity: A synonym for transparency.

In fashion, the use of sheer fabrics and transparency has been commonplace for several seasons now.  As the transparency trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon, I propose that people like me start to use another word to describe it.  I like “diaphaneity.”  It’s just snobby enough to elicit some slack-jawed looks from the sort of people who need to be reminded that a smartphone with an auto-correct feature can never take the place of a good thesaurus, but not snobby enough to make your educated friends believe that you’re just making up words again.

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December 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #67

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Bottega Veneta

Intrecciato: A leather-weaving technique that has become synonymous with Italian luxury-goods brand Bottega Veneta.

According to purseblog.com, the “technique was created by Bottega Veneta in the late 1960′s.  Historically, the Veneto region specialized in producing ready-to-wear, not accessories.  When Bottega Veneta began manufacturing, the sewing machines in the workshops were designed to work with cloth not leather.  The artisans had to use super fine leather to get under the needle.  The leather they used was then woven into the intrecciato pattern to make the material stronger and more durable for accessories.”

PurseBlog also reports that the label has recently added two new lines named after the intrecciato technique: “The Intrecciolusion line features items made of twill that have gone through an artisnal process by the printing method to deliver a signature intrecciato pattern.  As for the Intrecciomirage, these bags are made of a thinner Nappa leather and shows an engraved intrecciato finish.”

Bags made by any of the three processes would make ideal gifts for your dear, old Auntie in the upcoming holiday season.

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November 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #66

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Overdyed Jeans

Overdying:  The process to dye a fabric that has already been dyed.

Overdying was popular in jeanswear of the early 80s, most commonly used on previously-bleached or acid-washed garments.  The overdying technique would often result in a “hybrid” color, like the pinkish-blue in the photo above, or a more brilliant blue (turquoise was a very common color to use when overdying jeanswear).  The dye would also collect around the seams of the garment, combining with the original indigo color to add some “depth” to the fabric.

With 80s-style jeanswear becoming popular again (and the amount of acid-wash I see in the photos of recent Cental Saint Martins and Parsons students), the overdying technique is likely to undergo a resurgence in popularity in the near future.

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October 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #65

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Caligae

Caligae (from Wikipedia): Heavy-soled, hob-nailed military boots known for being issued to Roman legionary soldiers and auxiliaries throughout the Roman Republic and Empire.  The caligae can resemble modern sandals but were actually marching boots.

Although caligae are similar to modern gladiatrix sandals, the Romans did not wear sandals outdoors.  Sandals were considered to be indoor footwear, just as underpants are considered to be undergarments today.  Next season, however, it may be an entirely different story . . .

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September 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm