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Pierre Hardy’s Poworama, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum, gift of Pierre Hardy. Ron Wood Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum

‘Show me the sole’: the exhilarating sight of sneakers on show

A new exhibition explores the sneaker's status as a cultural icon, with shoes featuring an image of Barack Obama's head on their sole and examples of the celebrated Air Jordan 1.
Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer. _genking_/Instagram

Japan’s gender-bending history

In Japanese popular culture, new trends come and go. But the Japanese have toyed with gender norms for generations.
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.

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