Tom Frame

Prostitution, social class and legal regulation in the history of makeup

The use of makeup throughout history has had its ups and downs. It often symbolised prostitution or social class, and even underwent serious legal regulation in England from the 1500s. The makeup we see on the streets today has come a long way from the earliest use by our ancestors. Egypt Our story begins with […]

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The culture of tourism – the importance of sightseeing and how to be a stylish tourist

When in Rome… do you dress like the Romans used to? Of course not, but just like the ancient Romans are easily recognisable through togas, the culture of tourism has led to a homogeneous style that is all too familiar and easy to spot in our historic streets. Having had the opportunity to visit Rome […]

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Sharks and Rottweilers: fashion as a predator?

Fashion is a sphere where the weird and unusual is gradually normalised, where trends which are first encountered with a skewed face and a bewildered ‘huh?’ gradually trickle down into the mass-market. In menswear during the past year, this process of trickle down has begun to integrate the appearance of predatory imagery in clothing. Snakes […]

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Blue suit, brown shoes – a timeless combination or a mistake?

The combination of a crisp blue suit with polished leather brown shoes strikes most people as the epitome of class. When you look deeper, however, the professional world seems to disapprove. In September 2016, a report by the Social Mobility Commission showed that some candidates were not successful at interview because they wore brown shoes. […]

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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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