Fashion

FASHION

 

THE ONTOLOGY OF THE FASHION MODEL

By Caroline Evans

From mannequin to model, from inanimate object to objectified person, Evans examines how fashion has been presented through history. Read more

FAIRYTALES AND FASHION CRITICISM

By Rachel Matthews

The transformatory power of fashion is a defining element in many fairytales; dress can be a means of social mobility or escapism. Read more

 

APOUSIOKOUMPOUNOPHOBIA

By Dora Mentzel

The story of an obsolete bit of tailoring, the buttonhole on the lapel of a men's jacket. Why have a buttonhole with no function? And what could we learn from the Edwardian gent? Read more

 

HIGH VIS VEST

By Will Wiles

How does an item of clothing, "the closest thing 21st-century Britain has to a national costume", made for one purpose alone, that of being seen, become the ultimate invisibility cloak? Read more

 

MANIFESTO

By Hussein Chalayan

"My contribution to cultural activity is a diligent commitment to merging different disciplines and cultures." Read more

 

HIGH HEELS
 

By Helen Persson

From a mark of masculinity to a symbol of femininity (and a cause of life-long damage), Helen Persson charts the history of heels. Read more

 

LAVER'S LAW

By James Laver

Laver's Law, laid down in 1937, outlines the stages of fashion in culture and still remains perceptive and lasting. Read more

 

FUTURIST MANIFESTO
OF MEN'S CLOTHING

By Giacomo Balla

In this attack on neutral colours and passéist cuts, Balla argues for vivid colours and clothes that could change to reflect the wearer's mood. Read more