November 22, 2006

How much is your time worth?


Something to think about?

Picard (1989) explains that media industries are unique in that they function in dual product market. That is, although media companies produce one product, they participate in two separate good and service markets. In the first market, the good may be in the form of a newspaper, radio or television program, magazine, book or film production. The good is marketed to consumers, and performance is evaluated in different ways. [...] However, all media products require the use of individual time (a scarce resource) in order to be consumed. The second market in which many media companies are engaged involves the selling of advertising. (27)

Albarran, Alan B. Media Economics: Understanding Markets, Industries and Concepts. 2nd ed. Ames, IO: Iowa State Press, 2002.

November 17, 2006

Topshop online


For only 95 pounds.
Unfortunately, they don't yet ship internationally. Which is a shame.

November 16, 2006

The role of the museum?

The coverage of fashion in museum and gallery curated exhibitions has played a large role in its greater cultural acceptance as an artistic product. Which is why I thought that today's NY Times article is interesting because it points out the key problem with putting fashion in a curatorial/art context - its relations to consumer culture and the world of commerce. How is the curator going to make this exhibit different than the window display of the same fashions at the Bergdorf windows??? Does it matter? In our postmodern world, this is of course the dilemma of practitioners and theorists alike.

Any thoughts?

Couldn’t Make It to Paris? The Catwalk Comes to Boston (Click for full article)

AT the entrance to “Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006,” the first costume exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in more than a decade, visitors face a video projection of life-size models catwalking toward a recessed door so narrow and shadowed that the crowd assembled there recalls the stylish scrum that forms in Paris, outside the tents of the Tuileries Gardens, whenever a big designer shows.

“Fashion Show” is made up of pieces from 10 recent Paris collections, shown on mannequins mounted to re-creations of the runways on which Yohji Yamamoto, Viktor & Rolf, Chanel, Dior and others originally presented their collections. But any resemblance to the experience of going to those shows begins and ends right at the door.

A museum show about fashion shows provides new fodder for debate among art critics and curatorial purists over the increasingly commercial direction of many museums. Nevertheless, Malcolm Rogers, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, unflinchingly described his strategy in W magazine this month: “I want to make the MFA the style capital of the museum world.” But for those who are tabulating the cultural value of elevating the fashion industry’s most effective marketing tool — the runway — into a subject for serious discourse in an institution of fine arts, “Fashion Show” provides as much unexpected substance as it does eye candy.

November 13, 2006

Beauty Shots




This is slightly off course, but I've been really busy with school and work and a whole bunch of exciting and terrible things, so I thought at least I should share these incredible photos from foto decadent. I've been looking at a lot of glossy, generic beauty photographs lately and these jsut stood out because they're still aesthetically calm and pleasing (ie not punk, surreal or rainbow coloured) and yet quite subversive and original. Cheers!

November 5, 2006

the author as alive and well




so much for Barthes' idea that the author is dead (in favour of the audience).

but then, what does it mean when a designer does a collection for another company in addition to his or her eponymous line? what is compromised and what is gained?

is this the future of financing for young, avant-garde designers? when will a club monaco or top shop designer take over the realms of gucci for a capsule collection? is the star designer only possible at the top end (to start)?

top to bottom: Viktor & Rolf for H&M, Proenza for Target, Roland for Gap