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Houndstooth is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colors are used. The classic houndstooth pattern is an example of a tessellation and the squares resemble the imprints left by a chicken’s feet. This gives us the French term pied de poule. Oversized houndstooth patterns were employed prominently at Alexander McQueens’s Fall 2009 …

Mary Jane shoes

Mary Jane shoes (an american registered trademark) are closed toe and low-cut, with one or more straps across the instep. The classic Mary Jane came in black leather or patent and became the quintessential shoe to wear with your school uniform. Originally worn by both sexes, they began to be perceived as being mostly for girls in the 1930s in North …


Embroidery is the skilled technique of embellishing and decorating a garment by hand, using stitches in silks and yarns and sometimes including sequins, beads, feathers and pearls. Embroidery dates back to the 5th century BC in Ancient China. Today, Lesage in Paris is one of the most revered embroidery houses in the world. Embroidery employs an endless number of different …


Zips, first known as “hookless fasteners”, have two rows of ‘teeth’ that slide together to bind and fasten openings on bags, skirts or trousers. Zips can be inserted into a slash or seam with a closed end. Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the first designers of turning zippers into a fashion statement back in the 1930s. Nowadays, zips …

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