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Thursday 24 April 2014
Arts Fashion

canberra’s biggest fashion event supports local designers and encourages diversity

lip magazine
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  It all started with a question: ‘Why?’ Why didn’t Canberra have its own major fashion event? The capital had come into its own as a thriving mini-metropolis of culture and fashion, an inspirational place exploding with eclectic, imaginative minds harking from every corner of Australia and all over the world. For its size, Canberra…
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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 12 March 2014
News

in brief: fashion line uses women PhDs rather than traditional models

Kezia Lubanszky
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Online clothing store, Betabrand, have wowed the public by advertising their spring collection through women with doctorates, rather than traditional models. To find models, the site sent out a request via social media. Sixty PhDs and doctoral candidates replied. Betabrand founder Chris Lindland said, ‘When you look beyond the ranks of the professionally beautiful, photography…
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Friday 10 January 2014
Culture Opinion

bad sports: how sporting venue dress codes control women

Sarah Iuliano
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It seems it doesn’t matter if you’re a competitor or a spectator: where there is sport, there is a dress code bringing women down. Two women have been refused access to sport and fitness for their attire in the space of a week in what has been a display of just how Australian institutions still…
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Thursday 19 December 2013
News

in brief: finally an elixir to cure high heel pain

Sarah Iuliano
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An American plastic surgeon has created a product to numb the pain incurred while wearing high heels. Produced by Biochemistry, Dr Randal D. Haworth’s Heel No Pain spray boasts that ‘no matter how high your towering stilettos… high heel pain will soon be a thing of the past’. The product came about after Dr Haworth’s…
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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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Saturday 16 November 2013
Culture News Opinion

forever21 sparks racist claims with ‘street-chic’ necklace

Matilda Mornane
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It has not been a good year for US retail giant Forever21. The trendy chain store found itself in hot water earlier in the year for a leaked company memo that indicated the ‘slashing’ of work hours and health care benefits for all retail employees. More recently, Forever21 came under fire on Twitter for releasing…
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Monday 11 November 2013
News

lululemon founder slammed for body-policing comments

lip magazine
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Lululemon make athletic apparel for yoga, running and dancing and have been rapidly growing as a company since their establishment in 1998. Their aim is ‘to create athletic gear that’s perfectly suited for each activity.’ Apparently not for each body type or shape, however. Lululemon have been inundated with complaints in recent months with women…
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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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