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Friday 11 April 2014
Fashion News

in brief: fashion editors want us to stop talking about the models and talk about the clothes

Kezia Lubanszky
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Some of the most influential people of Australian Fashion Week think we should stop talking about the models, and talk about the clothes. While we’ve all been shocked at Alex Perry’s choice to book dangerously underweight model, Cassi Van Den Dungen, it seems we should be talking about how fabulous Australian clothing is instead. Unfortunately,…
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Thursday 10 April 2014
Fashion News

in brief: australian fashion week criticised for ‘too thin’ models

Shannon O'Keefe
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The fashion industry has been long criticised over the use of unrealistically thin models and this year’s Australian Fashion Week has sparked debate once again on this issue. Dubbed ‘the Hunger Games’ because of its incredibly slender models, audience members worried about the health of the young ladies in front of them. Carla Zampatti’s show…
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Friday 4 April 2014
Fashion News

in brief: italian vogue ‘raises awareness’ for violence against women

Kezia Lubanszky
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Vogue Italia claims to be raising awareness for violence against women by having their models pose as horror movie victims. Well dressed, gorgeous and terrified victims. Editor Franca Sozzani writes that Vogue are doing their ‘civic duty,’ to spread ‘a message against barbarism.’ This isn’t the first time the magazine have caused controversy through their…
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Friday 28 March 2014
Fashion News

in brief: first major plus size fashion show in melbourne

Kezia Lubanszky
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After six months of planning, the first major plus-size fashion event will be held at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. A highlight of the program, the Curvy Couture Roadshow will be held on March 30, showcasing some of the best plus-size designers on a size 14 plus runway. Model and major sponsor Robyn Lawley…
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Friday 28 March 2014
Fashion Featured Opinion

is american apparel’s latest campaign exploiting garment workers?

April Glover
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US clothing brand, American Apparel is no stranger to controversy, but the retailer’s latest campaign featuring a Bangladesh-born model with the words ‘Made in Bangladesh‘ sprawled across her bare chest has raised a few eyebrows, and sparked a lot of misguided criticism. The marketing scandal portrays a culturally-conflicting image of an exotic, Bangladeshi-American woman in…
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Tuesday 25 March 2014
Fashion News

study finds women dress best on mondays, slack off afterwards

Ally Van Schilt
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In a recent survey, which has more interest in what women wear to work, rather than what they do at work, the groundbreaking discovery has been made that we apparently put far more effort into our outfits on Mondays than on any other day of the week. In fact, as the working days progress, the outfits become…
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Wednesday 18 December 2013
Culture Fashion News

in brief: Indigenous model search inspiring diversity

Matilda Mornane
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Last week was the launch of the first search for indigenous models, which will coincide with the inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW) in April 2014. The search is aimed at shifting perceptions and encouraging diversity in the fashion industry. Speaking at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern, model Samantha Harris said that…
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
Fashion News

should we care about miranda kerr’s photoshopped body?

Ally Van Schilt
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In case you missed it, the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show happened last week. This show consists of the world’s top supermodels showing off superbrand, Victoria’s Secret lingerie, accompanied with slightly over-the-top angel wings – hence the branding of these women as ‘Victoria’s Secret Angels’. This year’s show was worth mentioning as it was the…
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Thursday 7 November 2013
Fashion News

in brief: will a plus size fashion week end prejudice against larger women?

Danielle Scoins
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In an industry based on an ideal perception of femininity, a French fashion organisation is seeking to alter society’s perceptions of that image to include more ‘real’ ideas about women and women’s bodies. Paris-based fashion group, Histoire de Courbes, has launched the first ever fashion week for plus sized women. The organisation is known for…
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Tuesday 29 October 2013
Culture Fashion Feminism

internet babe molly soda on fashion and girl hate

Isabelle Hellyer
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She has a pet rat called ‘Buttloaf’ and one of her performance art videos just sold for $1,600 USD at the first ever digital art auction. Pretty much, Molly Soda is a self described ‘artist, internet persona, general webcam “diva” living the ~*dream*~’. TRU. Her super popular blog is filled with personal confessions, video art…
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Thursday 26 September 2013
Fashion Featured News

the fashion report card: finding a silver lining

Heidi La Paglia
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In August 2013, a fashion report was published by two Australian companies, Not for Sale and Baptist World Aid. This study provides an overview and statistics of how 41 clothing companies in Australia source their garments, and how they treat the workers that help to make them. This report is much needed after a slew…
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Saturday 14 September 2013
Arts Fashion Opinion opinion Politics

Campaigns and Couture: The political power of fashion

Isabelle Hellyer
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From Parliament to Prada or Capitol Hill to Couture, it seems like fashion couldn’t seem further away from politics. But we mustn’t forget how easily fashion can change public perception of an individual, something that is utterly crucial in the political landscape. Some would argue that the image a leader projects is more influential than…
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Saturday 31 August 2013
Art Arts Fashion Uncategorised

Disco, Dreams, Drama: The bewitching world of Lisa T.

Isabelle Hellyer
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Lisa Twomey’s petite figure easily draws attention, a fact not belied by her relaxed demeanour and endearing way of speech. As the woman behind Australia label Lisa T, her diminutive frame is continually draped in heavily embellished garments of her own creation that combine elements of fine art and textile design to great effect.  Lisa’s…
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Wednesday 7 August 2013
Fashion

(eco) threads: alice sutton

Isabelle Hellyer
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The manufacturing industries of today are becoming increasingly concerned with sustainability as environmental health becomes more relevant than ever before. Accordingly, the world of fashion is beginning to grapple with this ethical and economic imperative – but how does an industry of extravagance, artistic expression and opulence shift to sustainability? It’s a complex task, but…
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