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An extension of the print magazine’s tone of respect, intelligence and joy in the world of textiles, our blog is a daily contribution to the Selvedge conversation. Featuring exhibitions, people, adventures and opinion, the Selvedge blog is not only a meeting point for the Selvedge community but also an entry point into the world of textiles for those looking for an original and broadening perspective.

V&A

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Yippee! It's the last Friday of the month which can only mean the V&A Friday Late series is back! Performances, workshops and talks will take place as part of the Summer Camp theme with top-notch designers, artists and makers on hand to celebrate creativity. Live music, cocktails or a fantastic backdrop all present and correct – making this an evening to remember.

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Living the dream...

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This week we have immersed ourselves in American Style's playful photography. Author Kelly Killoren Bensimon describes the book as 'an exploration of America through its fashion designers, celebrity icons, and social history.' Barbie, baseball and the Beatniks are all featured with a short history of their style and influence. Fantastic variety... and that's just the Bs! Read more in Issue 35, page 85. Available from the Selvedge bookshop £31, T: +44 (0)20 8341 9721

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Elsa Schiaparelli

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If reading 'Shocking Life' taught us anything it is that you don't have to accept the unacceptable. Elsa Schiaparelli certainly had a flair for circumnavigating obstacles... At the Paris Exhibition of 1937 she refused to use the 'hideous' mannequins, suggesting instead a simple wooden figure. Denied on the grounds that it would 'be conspicuous' she lay the 'dreary mannequin, naked on some turf and piled flowers over it to cheer it up' before stringing up a washing line and hanging up all her clothes... panties, stockings and all! Selvedge has a new icon...

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On your marks...

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Acorn and Will's Daniella was taught by her father 'that it is sacrilege to bend the corner of a page in a book.' So she created the Mrs Moon fabric bookmark to prevent her book looking like she had been practicing origami and they're 'so much nicer than using an old receipt!' To celebrate the launch of our book club she would like to share them with our readers. The first five people to email drygoods@selvedge.org will receive a lovely bookmark in the post...

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Jane Austen's 'Emma'

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Jane Austen described Emma as 'A heroine whom no-one but myself will much like' but we loved her despite her foibles. Selvedge contributor Sarah Jane Downing explains that in Emma's era it was considered poor taste to discuss clothes, so in the novel it's left to the disagreeable Mrs. Elton who snobbishly observes that Emma's wedding was "very inferior to her own" with "little white satin, very few lace veils; a most pitiful business!" An Austen version of the horrible Four Weddings? [caption id="attachment_685" align="alignnone" width="285" caption="Fashion in the time of Jane Austen"][/caption]

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