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“None of us are stalking prey or being hunted by our enemies…”

Researcher and designer Sjef van Gaalen is interested in the history of why this traditionally military pattern has become part of popular fashion culture.

In “Camouflage is the New Plaid” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 124, he deconstructs the ironies associated with fashion being at odds with the military and the military seemingly more concerned with the image that camouflage conveys to new recruits than with its practical, tactical use.

"When I look at a dumpster filled with newspapers, cardboard boxes, and styrofoam I see ... a dress."

A do-it-yourselfer, woods wanderer, dressmaker, stargazer, wanderluster, rock collector, music maker, tree planter, baker, recycler, upcycler, and bicycle rider, Michelle Sin talks about how -- when working on a high school project -- she turned a little passion and a LOT of glue into a movement. In "How I Found My Passion in a Dumpster" from PKN Markham Vol. 5 Michelle shows us how she combined her desire to change the world with her love to make dresses into the fashion statement of the 21st century.

How can we rest and relax while enjoying Harajuku shopping?

Daniel Perujo, Ryosuke Minami, Adam Gries, and Samson Yee were given the daunting task of re-imagining one of Tokyo’s most fashionable districts: Takeshita Street.

In “Revolving Fashion” from a special Startup the Party Powered by PechaKucha event, the group describes the exhaustive experience that is shopping in Harajuku, and their innovative solution to shopping before dropping.

Your heart rate is elevated, breathing pattern is abnormal. Sensors built into your clothing detect your anxiety and dispatch a calming agent.  

Ashley Lewis, a tech educator in Toronto, talks of her passion of tech-craft hybrids. In "Smarty Pants" from PKN Toronto Vol. 27, she is inspired by current interactive clothing and future consumer products from conductive ink and thread to makeup and sportswear that will have you thinking about fashion in a completely different way. 

Receive a hug from thousands of miles away, change the color of your clothing on a whim; this is the future of fashion.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Interaction through Fashion" from a special Tokyo Designers Week 2013 edition of PKN Tokyo Vol. 107Francesca Rosella (of wearable technology fashion house Cute Circuit) shows off some of her company's new designs and what she predicts the fashion of the future will be like.

Cute Circuit has created shirts that can be used to hug someone from across the world, dresses that can be used as a mobile phone, a dress that displays your tweets, and clothes whose color can be changed through a mobile phone app.

What's the difference between "well-dressed" and "stylish?"

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Better, but Boring: The Modern State of Men's Fashion" from PKN Toronto Vol. 24Vinay Kumar Mysore walks us through the history of men's fashion and challenges us to think about how the society defines men's style. He makes the case that, at this moment, NBA basketball players constitute the largest group of stylish celebrities in North America. 


In this edition of Presentation of the Day, artist Rie Hosokai (along with designer Takashi Kawada; the duo is Daisy Balloon) showcases some of her group's recent projects.

This presentation was part of Roppongi Art Night 201321_21 DESIGN SIGHT teamed up with the global PechaKucha organization for two very special sessions of 20x20 presentations -- part of the exhibition "Design Ah!" -- starting with a kids workshop during the day that was followed by a presentation session, and then a regular PechaKucha event for adults in the evening.

For the weekend, we invite to rebuild... through corsettery! Candice Bell (of Belladucci Photography) captures the influence of a usually hidden but fashionable and evocative support system.

In our "Presentation of the Day" for this Friday, Bernd Kestler talks about hand-knitting beaded bags from the Art Deco period. You can also visit Bernd's "Knit for Japan" site, a project he developed to support vicitims of the 2011 Japan earthquake/tsunami.