Friday, October 29, 2010

Wedding Party '86

A long time ago there was a place called Seattle, where culture thrived with style diversity and it didn't come "off the rack" Clothing was pieced together to announce personal style and attitude. This photo was taken at my wedding reception back around 1986. That's my Uncle Ted peeking through from behind, he was the family mountain man who taught school in Circle Alaska and canoed the Yukon. good times!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Just Say No

Great Sign....vintage Vogue
Waste Not at the Vancouver Art Museum.

Saying no to fast fashion's need to turn your wardrobe into a dated lot of trash as fast as possible doesn't make good sense or cents. This is not good for the designers, resources or the health of ecosystems.
Designers aren't machines - the industrial production model should not apply, it is an archaic model based in archaic visions of the world, human beings and what it means to be a success.
It is unhealthy for our collective emotional needs to tie up that much energy in something that is made to be discarded, there is such disrespect in the entire model that i cannot believe it can fool itself and the populace much longer.

Walk on BY industrial mass produced, chemically dependent, new garments made in sweat shops. ...the illusions won't get you where you need/want to be and the after effects may kill us all.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Window Dressing

Vancouver BC windows were enchanting.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Window Shop

I love a good window display. Vancouver BC was the queen of scene last September. This Burberry meets Sex Pistols aka McLarens homage was jaz.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

You Wear it Well

Vancouver Eco Fashion Week....between shows. Street up -boogee woogee

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

posted on 46th and Fremont

I know nothing about this except that i saw it on my way to the bus about a week ago.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Seattle Road Show

Goodwill truck with clothing diorama.....what is it about? Great to see it, broke up the usual road scene quite nicely.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


the amazing panelists of VEF 2010
The panelist discussion at the Vancouver Eco Fashion trade show was a real treat. I love learning about the advance of Eco and these are the pioneers that are making it all come to fruition. I am not sure if i am sparked more by good design or good science...tie!!!

I love the 2 faced quality in fabric, which goes to prove that there is good in everything. I didn't snap a photo of the AirDye samples (another lesson learned as the new line isn't online) but the black and white print with the small check back stands out; design possibilities start crowding my "mind's eye" and overrules my discipline.

AirDye is a sweet company that has a no water contamination dye process (huge breakthrough) and is an on demand process that eliminates the waste model of classic old school manufacturing equated with economies of scale. This is truly something to cheer about.

This creates precedence for a fine on excess; wouldn't that be a dandy little evener of the field. Allow for a little error in demand but stop the overstock industry of wastemaking -now that is a landfill solutions winner.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Warning Signs

if you would like to post this sign in your local hospital gift shop or anyhere baby clothing is sold, please email me @ debbarnesusa at hotmail dot com, for a pdf copy to print.
(put sign as the subject, thanx)
I am taking one to Swedish Hospital in Seattle tomorrow. See the fashionRIP Project entry for the story. Baby steps into awareness are ok, it's the direction that counts.