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Where Have The Designers Gone

Rebecca1 | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

I was going through my stack of old Threads this week and realized it’s been much too long since the magazine did an important article about designers who have given us so much pleasure through their creations.  I loved your interview with Charles Kleibacker, he is truly a treasure and continues to teach students at Kent State University and promote fashion history.  I came across Threads articles featuring Adrian, Valentina, Isabel Toledo, Claire McCardell, and Bonnie Cashin but nothing in recent issues.   Why not feature important modern designers such as Marc Jacobs or Prada?  These two designers have given us simple and sophisticated designs that translate beautifully for home sewing.  Please consider featuring past and present designers, Threads is the perfect forum for remembering and appreciating design innovators.


  1. HC | | #1

    I echo Rebecca's sentiment--some of my favorite articles are those detailing how designers achieve their "look". I especially appreciate the ones that go a step further and show us how-to-do-it, or suggest ways in which the vintage designers' ideas translate to modern clothing.

    1. SewNancy | | #2

      Here's another vote for more on current designers.  I have enjoyed all the articles over the years on designers and would really love to see more of them.  I like  the inspirational  pieces and those that tell you how to get the look, like the one on Zoran or the set on Armani.  I used Kleibackers method for easing a neckline and it was a life saver.


      1. callie1 | | #3

            Yes please, more designers.  Those are always some of my favorite articles.  One designer I would love to see an article on is Miyake.  Those designers who do things a little differently are especially interesting.  I would love to see more designers profiled. 

        1. SewNancy | | #6

          Issy Miyake is retired and someone else is doing the design work now, but still interesting.  I am interested in some of the other Japanese designers too. 


  2. marijke | | #4

    I agree that an occasional article about a designer is great.  Besides the obvious and wellknown names, I have enjoyed articles on techniques used by art-to-wear designers (like Anna Carlson).  What I enjoy about the articles is learning about an unusual technique or design element.


  3. TERISEW | | #5

    Sorry gals I hate to be a wet blanket, but if it wasn't for the other designers from the past we have all been inspired and have learned from, there would be no Marc Jacobs or Prada for that matter. They are doing 50's. They are recycling. They hardly deserve credit for being 'original'. There approach has been somewhat neglected therefore it appears fresh.

  4. Merryll | | #7

    Ah, may I also echo my desire to see such articles?  If the top designers are unreachable, how about another in-depth with Claire Shaeffer, who spent months in their workrooms before she wrote her book?

    I'd especially appreciate features on formal gowns and those beautiful dressy suits.


    1. FitnessNut | | #8

      Hear, hear!

    2. ceb1 | | #9

      I agree !!!

      That would be great.

    3. carobanano | | #10

      I'd LOVE to see articles on designers and their design process, too!

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