A History of Sneakers

Sneakers have evolved since the Gibson girl donned a pair to go ride her newfangled bicycle at the turn of the century.  No longer only worn by athletes on the court and kids in the schoolyard—sneakers are ever-present in fashion.  Designers embellish athletic footwear with luxury details previously reserved for couture clothing, and performance footwear…

MEMORIES OF DESIGNING FOR PRINCE

Stacia Lang, Fashion Design ’84, designed some of Prince’s most legendary stage outfits, including the notorious yellow buttless pants he wore at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. In the wake of his death, she shared some of her memories of the inimitable artist.   “The loss of Prince has really hit me hard. Harder than…

ON THE COVER
What on Earth is an astronaut doing on Hue’s cover?

Take a look at that flag in the background. It was made by Annin Flagmakers, the country’s oldest and largest flag manufacturer, which has produced flags for innumerable landmark moments in American history, including presidential inaugurations and funerals, expeditions to the North Pole and up Mount Everest, and the Battle of Iwo Jima. Annin is…

RAISING THE STANDARD
Flags are the family business for Sandy Dennis Van Lieu, Manufacturing Management ’94

The moon landing. The Battle of Iwo Jima. Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. These indelible historic moments are united by the stirring presence of the star-spangled banner, a patriotic symbol of America. Remarkably, one company made flags for all these events and countless more: Annin Flagmakers. With 500 employees across three factories in Virginia and Ohio, Annin…

BANNER YEARS
Some of Annin’s highest-profile flags throughout American history

1865 An Annin flag draped Abraham Lincoln’s coffin—and every presidential coffin since. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/Prints and Photographs Division. 1901 A spray of Annin flags decorated Teddy Roosevelt’s inauguration. The company has produced flags for every presidential inauguration since Zachary Taylor’s in 1849. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/The Crowley Company. 1909 American explorers Robert…

THE KIDS STAY IN THE PICTURE

For Photography alumnus Mark Shearwood, making the perfect photo is never child’s play

You have to be very, very patient when photographing children, says Mark Shearwood, who shoots campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, Zara, and others. “The hardest thing is to stay relaxed—you know, chill, not bossy,” he says, on a call from his native London. “Any emotional vibe in the room rubs off on…

CREATURE FEATURES
How Ben Kilgore, Computer Animation and Interactive Media ’04, builds life-like computer-generated imagery for Hollywood blockbusters

In the first few minutes of the 2014 hit Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, not one human appears. A pack of majestic apes hunt deer through a lush rain-forest, dense with trees that seem to reach upward forever. Their faces are expressive, their hair ripples in the gentlest breeze, and their muscles tense…

8 ESSENTIAL FILMS IN THE HISTORY OF COMPUTER ANIMATION
Groundbreaking movies that changed the industry and inspired special effects master Ben Kilgore ’04

Tron marked the dawn of the CG era for big-budget films,” Kilgore says. The movie now looks dated, but the special effects wowed audiences whose virtual existence was limited to Atari-era video games like Pac-Man and Frogger. The designers who created the famous Light Cycle sequence went on to found Blue Sky Studios—and when Kilgore…

EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN
Associate Professor Praveen Chaudhry’s images of nomads and weavers in Tibet and Kashmir offer a glimpse of a vanishing world

For generations, nomadic tribes in Kashmir and Tibet have shepherded the goats that provide cashmere and pashmina fibers for local weavers. In recent decades, these areas have become militarized zones—China occupies Tibet, and Kashmir has a bleak record of human rights violations, with some 70,000 killed in the last 20 years. By definition, nomads have…