Institute of Draped Clothes

Newsletter 6, April 2000



1. news
2. web site on plaids
3. shawls
4. new members, new countries
5. change of address or email
6. summer seminar?
7. a personal note from Chantal

1. News:

*** We are now well over 100 members! Yet, to have an impact, more members are needed...

*** If you know or participate in an event, web site, etc. connected with draping, please let us know. This "news" feature is yours!

2. Web site on plaids:

Plaids are the draped ancestors of the Scottish kilts. Their draping technique is very interesting and very different from Asian drapes. In Montreal a student in Anthropology mentioned that some North American natives drape cloaks with a similar technique... Anyway, Audrey Bailey found a great web site on plaids, with the techniques of drape. Here it is:

Thank you Audrey for this URL, and for contributing again to this newsletter.

3. Shawls:

Thanks also to Pauline Pavon, for the following:

I am writing to let you know about a recent episode of the television show "Oprah", a very popular talk show here in the U.S. The topic on that day was fashion, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover an accessory featured on that show called a pashmina, a type of shawl made from pashmina cashmere. While it is not a sari, the shawl is worn draped about the body in various ways, and was portrayed as a versatile fashion accessory. I believe it's a step in the right direction for American fashion, and modern fashion in general! What do you think? The address of the pashmina show page, if you would like to see it, is:

Pauline Pavon

4. New members, new countries:

We recently had several interesting new members joining us. We welcome our first member from Israel. We also have a new member who is in a fashion school in Mexico and wants to make draped clothes! That is the way to go!

To all the new members: welcome! The task in front of us is HUGE, and draped clothes need you.

5. Change of address or email:

Some members who change of address or Email forget to let us know. Please make sure you inform us when you move or change service provider. Thank you.

6. Summer seminar?

Would anyone be interested by a summer seminar, possibly in France on draping techniques? I am thinking of something over a week, with courses on draping alternating with visiting the Loire Valley. We could also have such a seminar in London. If that seems like a good idea, please let me know.

7. A personal note from Chantal:

I just came back from Montreal, where the exhibition was a success. It is striking to see how, with extremely little means and just a lot of goodwill, Dorothee Therriault and the other volunteers managed to produce such a beautiful show.

Now I will finally have some time to start the formalities IDC requires. I hope that some of you will have time to write about your experiences, findings, etc.

Best wishes!

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