We are pleased to offer a free trial to Selvedge Magazine until Wednesday, 22 March 2017.  This is an entertaining magazine for anyone interested in visual culture but is likely to be of particular interest to fashion students. Click here to browse Selvedge …

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When someone thinks of the University of Portsmouth, it is hard not to think of “Corporate Purple”, a fundamental feature of our visual identity and a colour with cultural and psychological associations with luxury, creativity and dignity.  Perhaps surprisingly, purple pigments, relatively rare in …

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I’ve chosen this week’s book from our fashion and textiles collection, Indian Textiles by John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard, in anticipation of my trip to the V&A tomorrow to see The Fabric of India exhibition.  The book examines the long history …

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How exciting, June’s new word list from the Oxford English Dictionary includes ‘Yarn bomb’. Does this mean that yarn bombing is no longer rebellious, under-ground and subversive, brightening an often grey and beige cityscape with a riot of colour and texture? …

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