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A floral wreath made from vegan leather designed by Sofia Moreno-Marcos and York Hon John Liang in 2014. QUT media

Will we soon be growing our own vegan leather at home?

Conventional leather is fraught with ethical and environmental issues. But leather grown from fermented kombucha tea offers consumers a glimpse of a DIY, sustainable future.
Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a campaign rally in Cincinnati. Brian Snyder/Reuters

A president in a pantsuit?

A fashion historian describes the controversial history of the pantsuit – and how Clinton transformed her signature ensemble into a rallying cry for female empowerment.
Installation view of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists at the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Ambivalent, exquisite and playful: the wonder of Viktor & Rolf

Paintings that turn into frocks; a model dressed in nine outfits like a Russian doll. A new exhibition by Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf is truly fashion as performance art.
Togolese fabric markets are increasingly stocked with low-cost Chinese reproductions. Koko Masseme

West Africans ditch Dutch wax prints for Chinese ‘real-fakes

Togolese consumers are increasingly choosing Chinese replicas over 'authentic' Dutch wax prints. Their choice raises fundamental questions about the notion of intellectual property.
Iris van Herpen’s exhibition featuring 3D-printing technology, computer modeling, and engraving constructed in collaboration with architects, engineers and digital design specialists. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Why STEM subjects and fashion design go hand in hand

The fashion industry attracts creative young minds. But to succeed as a designer in a time of rapid technological change, knowledge of maths and science is invaluable.
A dress by designer Iris van Herpen, who, with her runway designs, challenges common fashion norms and beliefs. Zach Balbino/flickr

Can technology help fashion clean up its act?

Fast fashion is the second most wasteful industry on Earth. But with the creation of dresses that charge cellphones and clothes made from recycled bottles, we could be on the verge of a green fashion revolution.
Modern debates around breastfeeding would be eerily familiar to someone from the 18th or 19th century. The Fashionable Mamma, James Gillroy, 1796. The British Museum.

A decent woman? The breastfeeding and visibility debate is nothing new

Regular controversies over breastfeeding might seem like a quirk of contemporary life. But 18th and 19th century clothing reveal that women have been handling the issue of visibility and practicality for centuries.
Beyonce’s new activewear clothing line, Ivy Park, is selling consumers a better lifestyle. Screenshot from promotional video.

Beyoncé and the cultural lure of sweat

Activewear is a booming industry and Beyoncé is the latest celebrity to launch a new line of fitness apparel. But there is a difference between looking gym-ready and being active.
‘Brawny’ male model Zack Miko is one of the few plus-sized male models to sign a contract with a global modelling agency. IMG Models

Why fashion needs more big guys embracing their curves

At a time when thin, muscly men dominate popular media, male 'plus size' models are all too rare. Yet the average Australian man is not lean and stringy – imagine if he saw himself in ad campaigns?

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