But glossy pages filled with non-models may be a step in the right direction.
Magazines like Vogue are fashion's gatekeepers, but now style bloggers are democratising the fashion world – and the mags don't like it.
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As a remedy to rampant consumerism and the throwaway culture of fast-fashion, a few clothing brands actively encourage their customers to buy less.
Fashion weeks are becoming less about fashion cliques, and opening up to the masses.
Togolese fabric markets are increasingly stocked with low-cost Chinese reproductions.
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.
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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.
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.
Dress codes in the workplace have a long and complicated history for women – especially those in corporate life.
Congo’s most famous musician Papa Wemba, performing at a concert in Kinshasa in 2004.
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Popular African musician Papa Wemba, who died recently, has been close to the heartbeat of the continent's music. His influence will continue long after his death.
Lamia Begum cries holding on to a barbwire fence in front of Rana Plaza building. The collapse killed 1,131 workers and nearly 2,500 were rescued.
The Rana Plaza anniversary is a reminder of the transparency lacking in the garment supply chain for the clothes we wear.
The association of female underclothes with fashion and seduction owes as much to the advertising and film industries as it does to technical innovation.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Glamour laboring ain’t easy…
Glamour labor is a phenomenon of the digital age, which is radically changing the way we think about work, success and privacy.
Luscious silks, big dresses and red soled shoes mean the same today as in Louis XIV's court. But today, different people own them.
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There's more to fashion than the clichés you find on TV and glossy magazines.
Style on street.
As models hit the catwalk for London Fashion Week, how do these trends actually relate people on the streets?
Ethical fashion: not boring.
A study has revealed shoppers' harsh attitudes to those who prefer to buy ethical fashion. But the headlines will only entrench the divide.
New York Fashion Week has grown from its humble second world war roots into a cultural juggernaut.
New York Fashion week starts today and the world will watch outrageous designs strut down the runway. How did New York become one of the great fashion centres of the modern world?