The world of textiles continues to break new ground. Have you heard of crabyon? It's a fiber made from the shell of a crab! Fashion Club recently sat down with FIDM's Textile/Interior Materials Manager, Kristine Upesleja, to find out more information.
Crabyon is made with a blend of chitosan and viscose. Chitosan's structure is very similar to cellulose, and is made from chitin, a compound extracted from the shell of a crab. Crabyon is antibacterial and it's also totally biodegradable—a great quality for fashion designers interested in using sustainable materials!
Learn more about Textile Design School at FIDM!
FIDM recently hosted the 2nd Annual Materials & Textile Conference where students got to examine up close samples of crabyon and many other innovative materials. Read all about it in FIDM Magazine.
Cath Kidston is a British designer who has changed the whole British teen look towards vintage florals and wellies. She opened her first shop in 1993 in Holland Park (east London). She started by selling vintage wallpapers and fabrics. Since then her fashion empire has grown considerably. She now has just under 30 small stores in England.
Each store has the warm countryside feel that Cath tries to get across in both the fashion merchandising and the store itself. She is best known for her bags and purses but also does a range of clothing. I love most of her bags and purses but her clothing isn’t really known very well over here.
I personally prefer the rucksacks and shoulder bags (book bags) over her clothing. I think that Cath Kidston is a very important company because I feel that it reflects youth in England and she has changed the way that the modern British girl wants to dress. She has started a new fashion and I think that she has influenced and inspired a lot of other people to go for their dreams.
Grace is a thirteen year-old fashionista who writes sporadic posts for FashionClub.com Daily from her home in London.