OxCon 2017 costumes: just simple dress-up or the echoes of Haute Couture?

The Haute Couture Spring 2017 fashion show in Paris debuted the collections of high-end fashion brands such as Valentino, Givenchy, Dior and Chanel; OxCon 2017, the Oxford Comic-Con, took place last weekend showcasing many fantasy-inspired costumes. When I say ‘costumes’, of course I mean those which are often anime- or sci-fi-inspired such as dressing up […]

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Ritual, Identity, and Cos: Discussing Clothes with Rev. Dr Melanie Marshall

The Lincoln College Chaplain, Rev. Dr Melanie Marshall, is—in a word—effulgent. When I curl up to her rooms on a chilly Sunday afternoon, I unhesitatingly self-congratulate that this interview is the “best idea I’ve ever had.” And as Mel appears, my previously sceptical photographer immediately understands. Effulgent, remember? Mel grew up on the north coast […]

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On the fashion of rowing

Every weekend it’s the same story. I have to run back home at noon to change into weird clothes that I wouldn’t wear in the city. If you walk by Isis, you would notice jackets of some boat clubs of the colleges.  Leggings become clothes that both genders can wear. Long socks are no more […]

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Alexandra Shulman leaves British Vogue

On January 24, Alexandra Shulman, the longest-serving editor of British Vogue, announced that she would be stepping down, a shock to the system after her quarter of a century at the publication. Appointed on January 23, 1992—twenty five years and one day prior to her departure—Shulman seems to have an almost Shakespearean knack for precociously […]

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The Luxury of Abstract Shopping

When shopping, it can be easy to forget that amongst global industries, the fashion industry ranks as the second most environmentally polluting and also as one of the largest operators of child and slave labor. For this reason, I try to say that I “only shop ethically,” but sometimes, my resolve crumbles as soon as […]

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