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Adorned in Myth: The Significance of Mythology in Chanel Jewellery

August 19, 2014 by Julia

The jewellery designed and worn by Coco Chanel and, by extension, the modern-day incarnation of Chanel Fine Jewellery, presents a precise reflection of her overarching mythology, weaving together the three crucial components of this myth – design, biography and contemporary … Continue reading

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Style and Substance: Thinking about Fashion

August 15, 2014 by Katerina

What follows are my musings on what happened in the last week of June. On June 25th I co-organised a symposium called Fashioning the Archive at the Royal College of Art. My friend, Camelia Dewan, a social anthropology and history PhD … Continue reading

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The summer body

August 12, 2014 by Alexis

The contents of the display box outside shoe shop Donna Più encapsulate summer. As befits its tropical location in Alghero, a Sardinian town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the shop’s display box house hats and sunglasses to protect from the sun, … Continue reading

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The Ethics of a Fashion Label

August 8, 2014 by Lucy

All opinions are the author’s own.  On 24th June 2014, Rebecca Jones posted a photograph on Twitter, addressed to the low cost clothing retailer, Primark. Her navy blue top, sprinkled with a neat grid of white polka dots, and worn … Continue reading

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Fashion and Surfing

August 5, 2014 by Fruzsi

“Who said surfing wasn’t chic?” inquired surfertoday.com in a brief feature about Chanel’s pricy surfboards featured in its 2010 Spring/Summer ad campaign. While Karl Lagerfeld’s take on Chanel’s signature tweed suits imbued the streamlined, monochrome boards with an air of modern elegance, … Continue reading

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Rita Andrade on Brazilian Fashion Theory

August 1, 2014 by Liz

Rita Andrade was editor of the Brazilian edition of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture. The journal was in circulation from 2002 to 2004 and 11 issues were published, always to coincide with the publication of the … Continue reading

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Capsule Wardrobe

July 29, 2014 by Rebecca

I love packing for my summer holidays. I realise that may seem an odd, even slightly masochistic statement. But no, for me, packing is a pleasure – it taps into my innate enjoyment of organization and neatness – and more … Continue reading

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Interview: Aline Peeters on Style and Femininity

July 25, 2014 by Elisa

Whilst back in Belgium I thought to myself, why not ask my dear friend – and fellow Art History student from the University of Leuven – about her views on style, femininity and the key to feeling confident. Can you … Continue reading

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Textile Fragments at the Courtauld Institute of Art

July 22, 2014 by Alexis

Three woven fragments, each composed of similar red and gold threads in a design of kufic or pseudo-kufic characters, seemingly formed a complete textile at one time. Today, labelled and sewn side-by-side onto linen matting, with no documentation in reference … Continue reading

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5 Minutes With… Syed Ahsan Abbas

July 18, 2014 by Katerina

What are you wearing today? Yohji Yamamoto coat and trousers, a black Comme des Garçons t-shirt, a white Ann Demeulemeester shirt, and black Converse. Most of my wardrobe is Yohji Yamamoto, when I first tried it on, it just felt … Continue reading

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