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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?
New York Fashion Week has grown from its humble second world war roots into a cultural juggernaut. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Friday essay: how New York Fashion Week came to be

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?

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