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Fashion Politics: Fashion as a Voice for Change? The UK’s General Election is fast approaching.

Fashion Politics: Fashion as a Voice for Change?

In the build up to 7th May, we’ll be discussing fashion and politics – two subjects some people may not expect to hear in the same sentence. We’re going to be thinking style AND substance, to talk about what role fashion can play in politics and why fashion matters. We’ll also be giving tips for the fashion conscious and politically conscious about voting and how to get involved in the issues which matter to you.

‘I Stood Up’, the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and students from LCF talk fashion and politics at the House of Lords. It’s time to consider: how can fashion be a force to better in all of our lives – from the wearer to the producer? Topshop Gets Called Out For Unrealistic Mannequin Body Standards. By now, it seems as if most retailers have been involved in some sort of controversy.

Topshop Gets Called Out For Unrealistic Mannequin Body Standards

And while some have been because of tasteless graphics, or hypersexualized advertisements, one thing we continue to see over and over again—and frankly, we're tired of it—is the ridiculous body standards reinforced by the mannequins that model the clothing. Topshop, the popular British brand that boasts collaborations with stars like Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne, has come under fire after a shopper noticed that the store's mannequin had extremely thin legs.

The mannequin was wearing the retailer's popular "Jamie" jeans, and the shopper, Laura Berry, voiced her concerns that the figure was not an accurate representation of the average female form. "Perhaps it's about time you became responsible for the impression you have on women and young girls and helped them feel good about themselves rather than impose these ridiculous standards," Berry wrote in a post on Topshop's Facebook page.

Debate: Does Fashion Have A Place In Politics? Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fashion? A committee room in the House of Lords is spilling over with fabric pens, felt, badges, transfer paper, and political idealism.

Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fashion?

This revolutionary aesthetic sits uncomfortably in the wood-paneled walls of the Palace of Westminster, something that our host, Baroness Lola Young, acknowledges with a smile. "As you might be able to tell from the decor," she says, "this is not the usual kind of event we have here. Which is brilliant. " The I Stood Up event, from the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, seeks to prompt first-time voters to “use fashion to communicate political thoughts”.

The organisers eagerly encourage everyone to state their political ideals by altering a T Shirt, already branded with the CSF’s ‘I Stood Up’ logo. Zia Ahmed, a young poet invited to speak, neatly captures the absurdity of being instructed to communicate concrete political stances in a single item of clothing in his poem ‘Ideas for images on a climate change awareness T shirt’. Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest? LONDON, United Kingdom — Last week in Paris, Chanel appropriated the visual signifiers of feminist protest for its seasonal runway show.

Is Fashion a Credible Platform for Protest?

In a finale led by Karl Lagerfeld, a bevy of supermodels took to a catwalk christened “Boulevard Chanel” holding signs with slogans such as “History is Her Story,” “Make Fashion Not War,” and “Tweed Is Better Than Tweet.” On the same day in Hong Kong, a genuine protest was underway. Protesting for the right to democratically elect a candidate of their own choosing, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers formed crowds that throbbed and swelled in the city’s streets.

Playing out against this backdrop, the “faux-test” staged on Boulevard Chanel rang especially hollow, repackaging political riot as a light-hearted, Instagram-savvy performance. The show did, however, demonstrate the power of high profile runway events to attract enormous media attention. We think it can. Sometimes, the brands that support real causes are the ones that don’t shout about it. London Fashion Week 2015: From catwalk to High Street. 24 February 2015Last updated at 19:03 ET By Harriet Hall BBC News Inside London Fashion Week Twice a year, London's grand neoclassical Somerset House, welcomes a tumult of fashion designers and their models dressed in their finest gladrags.

London Fashion Week 2015: From catwalk to High Street

The courtyard becomes the centre of London Fashion Week - a far cry from the building's sober past as home to the Inland Revenue. This year sees the event's 61st year, during which more than 250 designers will showcase their collections for autumn and winter to a global audience. For those outside the fashion industry, it can be difficult to appreciate why this week is so important. Indeed, watching the crowds teetering on vertiginous heels, heads topped with designer sunglasses, arms toting handbags and hands clutching smartphones, it is easy to understand why. Yet while it may look like a big party to outsiders, the week is a crucial one for the industry. Some catwalk fashions may seem outlandish or frivolous....