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Fashion Career Opportunities: An Interview with Tilly Macalister-Smith, Fashion Features Director at matches

Tilly Macalister-Smith is a London-based fashion writer and editor, and Fashion Features Director for She spent five years working for British Vogue, and has contributed to The Business of Fashion, RUSSH, and ShowStudio. She has also worked with several luxury brands and is part of an advisory panel for the British Fashion Council.Read more

A Biography of Objects: Second Floor: The Private Apartment of Coco Chanel by Sam Taylor-Johnson

“Little events, ordinary things…imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story”– Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things Haunting, evocative and profoundly intimate, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s series of photographs of the private apartment of Coco Chanel, exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, is a visual biography of emotion conveyed through the poignantRead more

Florence: Italian Fashion’s Forgotten Capital

Nestled in a Tuscan valley, the ancient terracotta cityscape of Florence boasts a rich history as the birthplace of Renaissance art, literature and architecture, yet its starring role in the evolution of Italian fashion has long been overlooked and disregarded. Following the success of the V&A Museum’s 2014 exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion, theRead more

Adorned in Myth: The Significance of Mythology in Chanel Jewellery

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 image – into an aesthetic shorthand for its contradictions and consistencies. The jewellery’s positioning asRead more

A Juxtaposition of Femininity in The Great Gatsby (2013)

The representation of fashion in the 2013 film adaptation of the novel The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Lurhmann, has raised a number of significant questions with regard to both its role in the portrayal of key notions of femininity and fantasy, but also the tense relationship between the past in which the film isRead more

A Collector of Thoughts: Review of ‘Dries Van Noten: Inspirations’

The popularity of the fashion exhibition has gained increasing momentum in recent years, transforming itself from selections of historical examples hidden in the darkened recesses of permanent collections, into a rapid succession of lucrative  blockbuster temporary exhibitions highlighting contemporary trends and designers, which typically draw in millions of visitors each year. The complex reasons forRead more

Fashion in Amateur Film: I’d Be Delighted To (1934)

A phone rings. A woman begins to bathe, tentatively dipping her toe into a tub of warm water, before slowly pulling a stocking up her shapely calf. A man douses his shaving brush in cream before selecting the perfect pair of cufflinks. I’d Be Delighted To, an amateur film made in 1934, portrays a coupleRead more