The wonderful everyday: the creative potential of day-to-day fashion

Image Credit: khfalk-Description-Fashion Magazines In Oxford, aside from academic necessity, I love going to lectures just to see what people are wearing; to take part in the silent communication that takes place through the language of clothes. That is how I see fashion – as being fundamentally about communication and connection between human beings. I […]

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Spotlight: Letitia Wright

This year’s theme, focussing specifically on “catholic imagination”, did not allow for significant leeway when it came to its interpretations — almost automatically, one thinks of the Vatican and Europe when one thinks of Catholicism. Indeed, the response of most attendees of the Gala seemed to be rather eurocentric — even Rihanna was dressed (albeit […]

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The MetGala: Heavenly Bodies

The theme of the 2018 Met Gala – Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination – has had some mixed reviews within and without of the Catholic community, with diverse opinions across the board. The public display of papal artefacts alongside designer outfits might seem disrespectful, reducing Catholicism to a fashion accessory. Celebrities bearing halos, […]

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Celebrities turning fashion designers

In the current celebrity cult climate, famous people turning fashion designers comes as no surprise. Established fashion critic Suzy Menkes wrote in 2012 that “the idea that anyone can be a designer is not part of the culture”, and this notion stands truer than ever. Entertainers, socialites and celebrities in general have long had a […]

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From Dalí to Dior: How Art became Fashionable

The s/s 2018 runways were filled with artistic references and influences, however collaborations between the fashion and art world are by no means a new thing. The formalization of the relationship between the two likely started with Elsa Schiaparelli. Her designs referenced many art movements: Modernism, Futurism, Cubism and Art Deco, and she worked with Jean Cocteau, […]

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Turning the Golden Globes Back to Black

The recent upsurge of political and fashionable protest dressing, which spanned from the Pussyhats at the Women’s marches to the unforgettable crimson ‘Make America Great Again’ caps in 2017, was always going to filter its way into Hollywood, it was simply a question of when. Fast-forward to the Golden Globes on the 7th of January […]

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Jesus Walks (down the runway)

The fairy lights might have been turned off today, the tree taken down, and all nativities and their tiny wooden baby Jesuses packed away in the attic for another year, but, rejoice! (if you want to) because this year the Metropolitan Museum of Art has chosen the theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” for […]

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Streetwear, feminism and the comeback of ‘ugly chic’ in the Instagram age

If you scroll through the Instagram feed emerging as well as well-established brands, like Gucci or Prada,it is almost impossible to wonder: has ‘ugly’ become the new chic? From oversized jumpers to tees with catchy slogans. From Birkenstocks and ‘jesus sandals’ to unflattering sunglass shapes, and how could we miss Gucci’s excessive prints. ‘Ugly chic’ […]

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