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Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fash...

Dress codes: can there be a productive relationship between politics and fash...
Is Margaret Atwood a feminist? That’s what I’m trying to work out during our lamentably brief time together squished around a table in the back of a promotional booth at a comics convention in California. Obviously, you might roll your eyes, Have you read The Handmaid’s Tale? Certainly among fourth wave feminists, many of whom, in the UK at least, studied the book as part of the National Curriculum at A-level, Atwood is lionised, especially on Twitter, where she enthusiastically interacts with her 1.27 million followers on a regular basis. But what many of them forget is that Atwood, who is now 76, grew up on the cusp between first and second wave feminism, a time when women were fighting for tangible goals such control over their reproductive rights rather than the right to publish nude selfies without criticism. “I, as a female person, don’t have any trouble reading Moby Dick. “Wonder Woman was read by everybody,” she continues. Angel Catbird is out in the UK on 8 September.

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Has one picture shifted our view of migrants? - BBC News Image copyright Naser jafari / Twitter A huge online conversation is taking place around the picture of a dead 3-year-old Syrian boy from Kobane, washed up on a Turkish beach. Will it change the way the world views Syrian migrants? Warning: This article contains a distressing image The Powerful Message Behind the 'Bad Blood' Music Video  Taylor Swift launched her "Bad Blood" music video as an opener for the Billboard Music Awards last weekend. We were all gearing up for this video as Taylor heightened our excitement by tweeting, Instagram-ing and Tumblr-ing myriads of posters of each one of the of characters that would guest star. However, we weren't emotionally prepared when she actually released it because not only did the video slay in every way, it taught a bigger lesson to the world than we were expecting. So, let's start with how we saw big female names star in Taylor's video, such as Hayley Williams, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld, Lena Dunham, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Zendaya Coleman, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Serayah McNeill and Selena Gomez.

Political Movements in Fashion Can fashion have a political conscience? The question is a recurring one, and the answers are all too often clichéd. Examples of the industry’s insensitivity and lack of sympathy (or knowledge) towards social and political realities surface regularly in the media, and stories about blackface editorials and articles praising the “beauty” and “philanthropy” of the wives of Middle East dictators make the movie Zoolander look like a realistic take on the fashion world. However (and contrary to popular belief) fashion is just as often used as a social commentary. When, in 1906, Paul Poiret freed women from the corset, the couturier was immediately hailed as a pioneer of the Women’s Liberation Movement. From Mainbocher to Yohji Yamamoto, designers have used their collections as outlets for socio-political commentary, and today’s talents are no exception.

Exploring “Fashion & Politics” at the FIT The rich robes of kings and queens, their extravagant headwear and their accessories and jewels represented “status clothes”, a way to show people how powerful they were. When political propaganda didn’t formally exist, human beings used sartorial propaganda to promote themselves. Little by little as the decades and centuries passed, fashion and politics established indissoluble links one with the other. An interesting exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology tries to explore how fashion and politics influenced each other over 200 years.

Refugee petition races above 100,000 threshold - BBC News Image copyright PA A petition calling on the UK to accept more asylum seekers and refugees could be debated by Parliament after securing more than 100,000 signatures. It says the UK "is not offering proportional asylum" in comparison with its EU counterparts, amid a surge in migrants trying to reach the continent. Petitions on Parliament's website that exceed the 100,000 threshold are eligible to be considered by MPs. A cross-party group of MPs will decide whether to allow time for a debate. The petition, which attracted 213,000 signatures by 17:00 BST on Thursday, states: "There is a global refugee crisis.

Lonely Lingerie Brand Profile Interview 28 September 2015 Divya Bala Feminism and lingerie have not always been the best of bedfellows, but one label is seeking to let love bloom between women and their intimates, discovers Divya Bala. New Zealand's Lonely Lingerie label was born when designer Helene Morris and her contemporaries were unable to find modern lingerie suited to their fashion-forward sensibilities. "There was no lingerie label that spoke to us and our customer," said Morris, who co-founded the label's parent ready-to-wear line, Lonely, with her partner Steve Ferguson. "We didn't want push-ups or linings so our starting point was soft-cups - sometimes knowing what you don't want makes it really clear what you do.

Chanel's Feminist Protest Was Best Thing About Fashion Week Girl power! Chanel had some memorable finales including the time pregnant model Ashleigh Goode closed the haute couture show show wearing a wedding gown. For the finale of their Spring/Summer 2015 at Paris Fashion Week, Karl Lagerfeld accompanied models in a feminism protest. Instead of doing the typical runway finale, models carried signs with positive messages like “History Is Her Story,” “He Is She,” “Feminism Not Mascohism” and “Be Different!”

Are Unpaid Internships Acceptable in Fashion? — The Fashion Law NEW YORK, United States — Forget fringe. Accepting an unpaid internship and then suing after its completion for unpaid wages and overtime compensation is the newest movement in fashion and, as it turns out, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s award-winning brand, The Row, is right on trend. The 29-year-old twins, who took home their second Council of Fashion Designers of America Award this year, are the most recent designers to be sued in connection with an unpaid internship. According to plaintiff Shahista Lalani’s complaint, which was filed this month in New York state court, she worked for The Row for four months in 2012. Lalani claims that as the “head intern” she performed the same work as “some full-time employees,” such as photocopying, sewing, cleaning, and running personal errands, including carrying “like 50 pounds worth of trench coats” in 100-degree weather, without receiving compensation or college credit. Read more on Business of Fashion.