Culture and Fashion - Art, Theatre, Decor, Music, and Travel - BAZAAR. Culture - Fashion victims: History’s most dangerous trends. 10 Influential Fashion Designers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of. It’s curious to wonder why some designer’s legacies are preserved and others fall to the wayside.
Is it the lack of PR, no heir to the design house or were they just bad designers? While certain designers of the past are remembered today for their ingenuity or are attributed with the "invention" of a particular garment, such as Mary Quant and the miniskirt, scores of designers--like Redfern, Lucile or Mainbocher--who were widely influential in their time have seemingly been forgotten. The task of resurrecting these legacies thus falls upon the fashion historian, so sit back for a mini fashion history lesson of 10 fashion designers you've probably never heard of but should definitely know.
For more fashion history by Part Nouveau, click here. John Redfern - The Tailor Designer English designer John Redfern, operating predominately under the name John Redfern and Sons, was a widely influential designer in the late 19th century. Jacques Doucet - The Art Collector Designer. 25 Women Designers Who Changed Fashion Forever. The upcoming Costume Institute exhibit and Monday's Met Ball honors two of fashion's most beloved women designers: Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.
But what about the other female names that have helped to change fashion forever? Recently, Style.com's Nicole Phelps noted that in New York fashion today there is a surprising lack of big-name female designers, which begged the question: "Is it easier to succeed in New York fashion as a man? " Phelps certainly has a point: After all, in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's eight year history, the prize has only been awarded to women designers twice. The dearth of female designers in New York is particularly disheartening, when you consider the important role women have played in shaping fashion's past and present.
From Coco Chanel, to Phoebe Philo, female designers have provided a fresh--and needed--perspective on fashion and in many cases, they changed the industry as we know it. Katharine Hamnett Not all influential designers are couturiers. Zendaya schools the world on cultural appropriation. In a new interview Zendaya has weighed in on the heated subject of cultural appropriation.
It’s a topic that keeps rearing its head, both in the media and on Twitter – whether it’s a conversation about M.I.A.’s new video or Kylie Jenner’s cornrows. Speaking with Nylon, the 18-year-old singer and actress stressed that there’s a difference between appreciating and appropriating other cultures. “You can go about it as cultural appreciation or cultural appropriation,” she said. “You have to be very careful. Some things are really sacred and important to other cultures, so you have to be aware, politically, about those things before you just adopt them. “I urge people to take the extra step of knowledge and learn about things,” she continued. It’s not the first time Zendaya – who is of mixed heritage – has entered into the race debate. See Zendaya’s full response to Giuliana Rancic below: Afropunk Street Style Fest - Best Brooklyn Fashion.
Quietly, in Commodore Barry Park, Afropunk Fest has been consistently upping its game, year over year, to be the alternative-music festival of Brooklyn.
Built on the concepts of equality and inclusiveness, emphasizing diversity, and encouraging its visitors to come dressed to the nines, the crew that heads over to Afropunk tends to be the coolest, and the music featured is always cutting edge but also expertly picked. In short: It is really one of the best musical experiences of the summer in New York, which is saying a whole heckuva lot. Honestly, we had a hard time finding the best street-style photos for Afropunk, because we actually wanted to take a photo of every, single person inside of the park. (Yes, it was that good.) So we edited it down to some of the most killer, stunning, and inspirational beauty and fashion we've seen pretty much, well, ever.
Photography by Liz Devine.