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The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post
Michael Hobbes There’s this video that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. “Do you still want to buy this shirt?” For a generation now, buying better has been one of our most potent forms of protest. It all started in the mid-’90s, when anti-sweatshop mania burst into the mainstream of American culture. And for a while there, it worked. But in the past 25 years, the apparel industry, the entire global economy, has undergone a complete transformation. This year, I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. translation missing: en.parallax1_caption If you’ve ever been to a corporate social responsibility conference, you’ve undoubtedly heard the story of the three fire extinguishers. This is the world that No Logo built. It’s the same in Burma.

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The Peril of Skinny Jeans, Corsets, and Restrictive Clothing Skinny jeans can definitely be too skinny, as an Australian woman found out the hard way. After donning her jeans for a day of helping a friend pack, a job that involved a lot of squatting, she collapsed on a path, legs too swollen to walk. After 4 days in hospital, during which her jeans had to be cut off, the woman thankfully recovered.

How a Makeup Mogul Liberated Women by Putting Them in a Pretty New Cage When Caitlyn Jenner made her debut on the July 2015 cover of “Vanity Fair” in full old-Hollywood glamour mode, her highly styled appearance triggered discussion and debate: After all, not every woman has the money to, or even wants to, embody that particular ideal of feminine beauty, which involves elaborate foundation makeup to create shimmery highlights and contoured cheeks. Fifty years after the women’s lib movement railed against makeup, we’re still deeply conflicted about the stuff. Is it a tool for oppression—a way to force women to conform to certain standards meant to please or seduce men? Is makeup empowering women, especially trans women like Caitlyn, to express their identities? Or does the culture of makeup give women more work to do, by making them ashamed of the faces they wake up with?

The Dangers of Tight Jeans, According to Research - Pacific Standard The day after she'd been helping a relative move, a 35-year-old woman tripped and fell. As a result of the accident, the woman spent a subsequent four days in the hospital. The culprit here was not clumsiness; blame the woman's skinny jeans. While moving her relative, this unlucky lady had spent a good amount of time on her haunches, clearing out cupboards. Later that day, the woman's feet became numb, and the next day, she took the big spill. How Ford Models Got Its Start The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel. When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as “Naval Officer” on his marriage certificate. His new spouse, however, set down an occupation that was more unusual in a time of war, “Stylist,” and she listed her employer as a “commercial photographer.” Earlier that spring, around the same time the young couple first met, Eileen had embarked on the career path that would lead to her creation with Jerry of what would become the Ford modeling agency. It had started not far from her Great Neck, Long Island, home. Lying on a towel on Jones Beach, Eileen was engaged in one of her favorite activities: perfecting her tan.

Vintage dress styles through the decades The style of frocks has changed dramatically through the years, with each new decade bringing in a new looks, cuts and styles. Here’s a tour down memory lane exploring vintage dresses and how they have changed over the past century. 1920s and 1930s Remembering Chester Weinberg, the First Fashion Designer to Die of AIDS In the 1960s and 70s, the fashion designer Chester Weinberg was a household name, usually mentioned in the same breath as Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, and Oscar de la Renta. With his daring yet elegant clothes and outsize personality, Weinberg was the undisputed darling of the fashion press, and he was equally beloved by the industry, winning a Coty Award in 1970—the fashion equivalent of an Oscar. He worked with a who’s-who of models, photographers, and editors, and dressed socialites and celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, and Nancy Reagan. As an instructor at Parsons School of Design, he mentored the likes of Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, and Marc Jacobs. Despite all this, his name today is familiar only to a handful of museum curators and vintage fashion aficionados.

What's Behind 'Don't Wear White After Labor Day?' The dictum that you shouldn't wear white outfits before Memorial Day and after Labor Day has been around for a long time. And while people don't really pay it much heed these days, it keeps hanging around. So where did it come from, and does it matter anymore? East Hampton Uniform The Rule Delineated The Hot Summer Season [In] the nineteen 00s, 10s and 20s... the summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day.

A True History of False Eyelashes There are some things that, historically, I can never quite fathom the origin of. What circumstances, for instance, would lead to someone to say to someone else, "you’d look more beautiful if you took a strip of fake eyelashes and glued them over your normal eyelashes?" Because that is some the-Capitol-in-the-Hunger-Games stuff. Raf Simons Speaks to Cathy Horyn on the Speed of Fashion In March, Raf Simons agreed to spend the following several months, on and off, discussing life at Dior with esteemed writer and critic Cathy Horyn, for System magazine. Their conversations — the last of which took place two days after Dior's Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear show in October — revealed the designer coming to terms with the ever-increasing demands of heading up one of fashion's most monumental institutions, and the need to conjure up newness more and more frequently. Days after Horyn and Simons last spoke came the announcement that the Belgian designer had chosen to leave the house of Dior, citing "personal reasons."