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  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 43

Out of the Blue

The secret language of colorways.
Words by George Upton.

We all perceive colors slightly differently—what one person might think is red, for example, appears orange to someone else. Color association, however, is widely shared within a society: A red road sign conveys a warning, regardless of how you see the color red. 

In fashion, this instinctive response to color has become an integral part of a brand’s aesthetic considerations. Each season, new collections are presented at runway shows that appear to articulate a designer’s singular creative vision. Behind the scenes in the fashion world, however, color is a science rather than an art. It’s a phenomenon that Andy, the fledgling personal assistant played by Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada, discovers the hard way. Her apparently innocuous blue sweater actually


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Three

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