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Intro: The fashion craving.
Lindsay: Hi, Caitlin.
Caitlin: Hi Lindsay.
Lindsay: We are doing the first offic..official, sorry let me say that again and I can't even say official, we've been recording too much.
I need to start doing voice exercises. Like you were to saying. This is our first official.
Lindsay: Of our Fashion bite series, we're calling it.
Caitlin: Yeah, so if you just want a little bit of fashion, you're not as hungry. You're just getting a taste.
Lindsay: But, what we're going to do is each week Caitlin and I will be presenting to you just a little tidbit about a certain area related to fashion.
Caitlin: We've chosen a topic for this season and it will change next season but we wanted to talk about this
Lindsay: So this season we are going to take each week and talk about a different state in the United States, of course and hopefully bring
to you something interesting that you didn't know about that state And how it fits into the world of fashion.
So, we're just going to go through alphabetical. That's the way we decided to do the states.
Caitlin: I know I was trying to like make it really complicated and looked at her like what, No.
Lindsay: Right alphabetically so we don't hurt State’s feelings if we're saying one is better than the other half of population.
Caitlin: Right. Yeah, that's right. You were trying to get all like logistical and do you like some sort of algorithm to determine that the smaller States
would be mixed in with the larger States, but we decided to go alphabetical
Lindsay: But it kind of works out that way
Okay, so I Lindsay, am going to do Alabama. Okay. This is from CFDA.com which is the Council of fashion designers of America. If you don't
know this is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962. And the membership has 500 or more American women's wear, menswear,
jewelry and accessory designers. And what they do is they raise funds for Charities and industries and activities.
Caitlin: Also is that it is usually ...(to the dog)Charles! I see you with the trash. Why? guilty face. (talking to Lindsay again) No so
also, they are there pretty great at publishing fresh work from Scholars throughout the u.s. especially but also
Lindsay: Just ignore the growling in the background. That was my dog.
Caitlin: These are going to be, you know, more loose and carefree, with the dogs.
Lindsay: And if you thought we were already loose and carefree. It's about to get a whole lot more. This is one of Alabama's claims to fame
because they actually have the third largest number of members that are in the CFDA and I took this part from Alabama Chanin.com
Caitlin: I think they have a pretty good Design school, I'm trying to remember
Lindsay: well, I will get to that
Caitlin: ah okay. Thanks.
Lindsay: And so a designer that I found who was a native of Alabama and made it into the big leagues, we'll say, was Ann Lowe.
Do you know of Ann Lowe?
Caitlin (excitedly): I do a little, but I'm happy that you're covering her. (Lindsay) Okay, so she was an Alabama native and she was a
high-society dressmaker in New York during the 1950s and 1960s and she was African-American.
Caitlin: She just so happened to be, yeah.
Lindsay: But she was born in Clayton, Alabama in 1898. She was the granddaughter of a former slaves her mother and her grandmother
were both dressmakers and her mother had a dressmaking business which she took over when she was 16 years old. she made this into a
thriving business and also built a thriving business in Tampa, Florida where she started to gain more of her claim and notoriety. Then she
moved to New York in 1928 where she primarily worked for the Roosevelt, Dupont, and Rockefeller families. She also famously designed
Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress. Her garments are in the MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian National Museum of
American are African American history and culture and the Fashion Institute of Technology. So that's just one popular fashion designer.
That made it big from Alabama. I found from doing just a quick search about fashion in Alabama.
Caitlin: So it's going to bite, y’all.
Lindsay: Okay, just a little bit about the textile industry which Alabama was known for being a hub. I took this from npr.org It is a better Source.
Caitlin: I like your face like I got it. Since you have a good source.
Lindsay: So like I was saying North Alabama was actually once a hub for textile manufacturing because of the fact that readily available cotton
and access to cheap labor existed there. But the industry almost disappeared after NAFTA became law. You know what NAFTA is?
Caitlin: Federal, Trade Agreement
Lindsay: It is a Trade Agreement! North American Free Trade Agreement,
Lindsay: so this was in 1992 and is controversial but it gradually eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers on products and services
passing between the US, Canada, and Mexico. That is where the cotton and textile manufacturing industry was, in Alabama, in the past .
But, specific companies in Alabama today are trying to Make it more sustainable.
Lindsay: and bring back that tradition of cotton farming in Alabama
In nutrition, we talked a lot about farm-to-table. Do you know what Farm-to-Table is?
Caitlin: Is that essentially where you take out the grocer or whoever in the middle of production and the farmer takes it to the grocery store?
Lindsay: Or the farmer will take it directly to a restaurant to have the restaurant purchase it that way or the restaurant will actually grow their own
produce and then subsequently use it in their restaurant. Ah Okay, so instead of farm-to-table what why not think about field to garment.
And this is what...
Caitlin (laughing): That was like a mom joke.
Lindsay (laughing): yeah it was. This is what acclaimed fashion houses like Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid which are fashion designers in Alabama
that have the lines of clothing where they have organic cotton made from their own cotton fields. And this is an awesome idea because so it's sustainable
form of The fashion industry and so what they're doing is it helps to keep it local and it revives that long tradition of apparel that was so prevalent in the
Deep South because they're taking it back to the roots essentially.
No pun intended there.
Caitlin: With Organic cotton you need to have a transition period to reclaim the land and it needs to be tested for pesticides so you
will often have transition cotton.
Lindsay: Chanin is especially is best known for her flowing made to order organic garments entirely hand-stitched and inspired by
rural south of the 1930s and 40s. She was quoted as saying this is a skill that is dying in our country.
So, bringing it back is the fundamentals of her Design Line with this whole field to garment experiments and with what they're
doing currently they create about 700 yards of fabric. And they found that it's a purer cotton then picked by machines because
there's less plant matter that can show up in them. So you don't get all those little flecks and things like that than manufactured cotton would have
Caitlin: well and hand picked cotton creates more jobs and has less of an environmental impact
Lindsay: They successfully proved that field to garment manufacturing in the same community is possible.
Caitlin: Yeah, let me say, how much money do you need to make this happen?
Lindsay: Yeah I was reading this I was thinking that
Caitlin: Yeah, they must have a ton of money. I can't even I've known millionaire designers who don't have money for that. Yeah.
Lindsay: So there you go something awesome. Alabama's doing though.
Caitlin: Cool, no judgement. Go for it. Okay.
Lindsay: So the next little part, these are just some fun little facti-boids
Caitlin(laughing): Factoids or facti-boids.
Lindsay (laughing): what's a tiboid?
Caitlin: It's not a thing.
Lindsay: I know that’s why it's funny.
Caitlin: Is that like a tiboid, but skinnier?
Lindsay: I don’t even know what words I was trying to combine there.
So, cosmopolitan.com this is the most recent I could find. Is entirely a second or the most recent I could find high neck swimwear?
Lindsay: they got a lot of beaches there, don't they? And thredup.com is a second hand clothing store that means Charlie is bored with what we're talking about.
If you don't know what Thread up is a second hand retail company online
Caitlin: and they do a lot of research and education
Lindsay: I just thought this was interesting the most popular second-hand fashion trend from Alabama is the romper.
Okay. Hey, if you are a prospective high school student who's looking for a college for fashion design
Lindsay: Here are the top fashion schools in Alabama.
Caitlin: That's what I was thinking of Auburn has a really they have a grad program and I was thinking about going up there.
Lindsay: Bishop State Community College.
H council Trenholm State Technical College
JF Ingram State Technical College and the University of Alabama
Caitlin: But I will say that Alabama has more than Colorado. I'm pretty sure.
Lindsay: Will find out on a future Fashion Bite. And I hope this doesn't Dash your dreams of being a fashion designer in Alabama.
But the average salary of an Alabama fashion designer is $47,040 a year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you're in Alabama it's actually pretty good.
(Caitlin) That's pretty good, but depending on the cost-of-living. Yes, because do they have to be in a big city to make that salary and does that big city require more money?
Lindsay: There you go. Anyway. So that's it. That's your fashion bite for this week, Alabama.
Caitlin: Hope it was yummy.
Lindsay: Hey people from Alabama write into us and let us know if you have something awesome going on in your state fashion-wise that you want us to talk about.
We would love to hear it because of course this is just a little blurb and I can't cover it all and I don't know it all, that is out there.
Caitlin: We are not in Alabama. So if you are from Alabama and you would like to contribute or just say hey, everybody I know it's wearing this instead.
We'd love to hear it.
Lindsay: So or if I'm completely wrong you can let me know that too. Because I don't do any research on the sources.
Lindsay: I just take what applies and I read it to you guys.
(singing) Oh Alabama, (she stops)See, I don't know. I was going to do the state motto and then I read their state motto and I was like,
I don't even want to try to pronounce that it's Latin and it just seems too much.
Caitlin (chanting): You should try, you should try! All of Alabama will be like gosh.
Lindsay: Their state motto is Audemus jura nostra defendere
Caitlin: I mean, that's what I say when I wake up.
Lindsay: which is Latin for we dare defend our rights or We dare maintain our rights.
Caitlin: I feel like that has some Confederacy in it.
Caitlin: Thanks for stopping by you Cravers
Lindsay(in high pitched voice): Bye