The Cosby Sweater Project
Another day, another amazing new Tumblr: The Cosby Sweater Project has photos of Bill Cosby’s iconic sweater collection and hand-drawn illustrated details of each pattern.
Is Designer Duplication A Fashion Statement?
Nathalie Atkinson confronts the problem that we’ve all noticed in fashion — the “trickle down” effect, high fashion designs showing up in low end mass market stores. How can the courts differentiate between rip-offs and simple coincidences? As Atkinson points out, “Great minds think alike — or sometimes one does, on purpose.” You can read more about the legal implications of fast fashion in Emily Raine’s article featured in the latest issue of WORN.
Clothing The “Terrifying Muslim”: Q&A With Junaid Rana
Why does the media insist on referring to clothes worn by Muslims as “garb”? Mimi Thi Nguyen interviews Junaid Rana about the racist implications of this label. Their Q&A is a truly thought-provoking discussion about how clothes are rarely ever just clothes; instead, they become “a way to racialize and establish social boundaries of who belongs here and who doesn’t.”
The Smart Set: Unfashionable
As Jessa Crispin points out, Vogue‘s lack of awareness and questionable ethics when it comes to politics are nothing new, but they are nothing less than shocking. A particularly oblivious portrait of the first lady of Syria, Asma al-Assad, raved about her chic fashion sense, her thin body, and gentle demeanor, but failed to mention the growing civil unrest in her country. Now the citizens of Syria are calling for a complete removal of President Bashar al-Assad and the profile has mysteriously disappeared from Vogue‘s website. That’s the problem with the Internet, Vogue — there’s always someone with a screenshot.
Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
I’m sure by now some of you have noticed that I am completely and totally obsessed with the McQueen exhibit at the Met, on now until July 31st. Ingrid Mida has a review with pictures that made me drool like so.
- Haley Mlotek
Anybody who’s spent more than ten minutes on Tumblr can tell you that there is no shortage of love for vintage clothing on the internet. However, usually the retro image-a-thon tends to be restricted to wealthier white women of eras gone, erasing from history the styles of women of colour. Threadbared‘s Minh-Ha T. Pham has started Of Another Fashion, an online archive of images intent on putting a face (and an outfit) to the sides of sartorial history often overlooked. As she writes, “In providing a glimpse of women of colour’s material cultural histories – a glimpse that no doubt only begins to redress the curatorial and critical absence of minoritized fashion histories – this archive and the forthcoming exhibition commemorates lives and experiences too often considered not important enough to save or to study.” An exhibit of the same name is also being planned.
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Photo by Clem Albers
Off the Catwalk, The Battle for Hermes and Canadian Companies Sued for Alleged Fakes
Now that all the Fashion Weeks are over and the racists are safely locked away in racism rehab, the rest of the fashion industry can get back to doing what they do best – hostile takeovers. LVMH has been steadily chipping away at Hermes’ shares for quite some time, and Liz Alderman of the New York Times has an excellent overview of the whole messy situation.
Back in Canada, Louis Vuitton Inc. and Burberry Inc. have both filed suit against two Canadian companies – one in Vancouver, one in Toronto – who have allegedly been importing knock-offs of their merchandise. This seems like the appropriate time to re-read Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas, a book that champions Hermes as the last remaining luxury house and connects knock-off purses with some other surprising and extremely illegal activities. (Also you might as well re-read our review of Deluxe in Issue 9! Right here!)
The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion
Racialicious reviews a new book by culture critic Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu about the history of Asian influences in fashion – particularly “American Vogue’s strategic establishment of ‘fashion designer as cultural anthropologist’ in the mid-‘90s” – and the contemporary rise of successful Asian American designers working today. The book sounds like a fascinating exploration of the recent past and most likely a strong indicator of where the future of fashion lies.
Step, Clap, Go!
Bad News from the Bronx is featured in a new promotional video by Opening Ceremony to celebrate Target re-issuing some of the most popular pieces from the Target Go Collective. Over on Threadbared’s Facebook page, they point out some of the conflicting factors that might stop us from celebrating this video – one, Target is still funding anti-gay organizations and politicians despite a boycott, and two, Proenza Schouler has a history of dabbling in so-called ‘cultural tourism.’ I’m torn, but I have to admit I’m leaning on the “This isn’t so great” side of things. What are your thoughts on the matter?
Dystopian Dollar Store Finds
A collection of truly terrifying dollar store merchandise photos. Ashley Olsen, what are you doing in there?!?! Why is your hair grey? So many questions.
- Haley Mlotek