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The Merino Wool Industry
One of Australia's most significant products for the international market has been Merino wool. While Australia is home to only a small proportion of the world’s sheep, it produces almost two-thirds of the world’s Merino wool and around 95 percent of its fine and superfine apparel wool.
Image © Henry Talbot. Powerhouse Museum.
The Berg Fashion Library Bibliographic Guides have been created to provide teachers, students and researchers with a concise overview of all the key readings and schools of thought within a particular disciplinary perspective.
The first guide, The Social Psychology of Dress, is now live and available to non-subscribers for free:
The Utility Clothing Scheme
The buttons on this tailored ensemble bear a wartime message. They are stamped with the Utility symbol CC41 (Civilian Clothing 1941). The Utility Scheme was introduced in 1941 in Britain to ensure that consumer goods were produced to the highest possible standards at 'reasonable' prices.
(Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
Yves Saint Laurent
"Fashion is like a party. Getting dressed is preparing to play a role. I am not a couturier, I am a craftsman, a maker of happiness."
Go to article to find out more about his life, work and inspiration.
(Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Fashion Museum, Bath
Bloomsbury has partnered with the Fashion Museum, Bath, to make 1,000 images of their outstanding collection available through the Berg Fashion Library. The first 500 (batch 1 of 2) are now live on the site.
(Image © Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council)
Designing a New Type of Hospital Gown
In a life-critical environment such as a hospital, the total environment impacts both the patient experience and the efficacy of healthcare professionals’ work. This article examines a UK case study of the redesign of hospital clothing from a user-centered design perspective.