Articles by Manjima Bhattacharjya
Feb 13, 2020
Wendell Rodricks passes away: Fashion designer is too small a term to encompass the multitudes that was Padma Shri awardeePerhaps it was this fierce closeness to his roots that brought Wendell Rodricks such international acclaim. By being unabashedly local, he was truly universal.
Jan 07, 2020
Dressed to kill: The age of high fascism and fashion are inextricably and insidiously linkedFashion was used under fascism to push their agendas. And certain fashion brands made money — indeed built their empires — through their complicity with fascist regimes | Manjima Bhattacharjya writes in 'Curious Fashion'
Oct 01, 2019
The problem is not how Greta Thunberg looks, but how we view young womenGreta Thunberg came to our laptops, phones and TV screens without make up, without formal dressing-up, or hairstyling. She came with pain in her eyes, and anger, and words that seared. Was it enough? Apparently not, for many men who commented on her looks and 'plainness' | Manjima Bhattacharjya writes in 'Curious Fashion'
Sep 01, 2019
Victoria’s Secret models call #TimesUp on sexual harassment; is fashion industry's #MeToo reckoning here?Victoria’s Secret came under the media glare when over 100 models signed an open letter asking that the company do more to protect its models from sexual harassment, after allegations came up against several of their photographers abusing their models, and of other shocking cases of sexual assault, rape and sex trafficking.
Jul 30, 2019
AI is making the fashion industry more intelligent — and expressions of style less individualisticNo amount of AI can create a Frida Kahlo or Lady Gaga; fashion delights us with its element of surprise, or when it cracks open a space for people’s own quirks to shine. An algorithm can do many things, but it can’t be you.
Jun 28, 2019
Courtroom fashion: What the clothes we wear in court say about us as accusers, the accused or witnessesEven if you’re not the one on the stand being judged, you have to prove yourself ‘innocent’ to be heard in court. If you dress like a ‘good girl’ — submissive, feminine, asexual, obedient — your chances of this are higher. Dress like a ‘slut’ and you’re guilty already — of dressing like a slut, if nothing else. Women participate in this charade, intuitively knowing these extra-legal parameters against which they will be judged in courtrooms.
May 22, 2019
What is fashion doing in a museum? Notes on the spectacle that is the annual Met GalaThe Met Gala is a reminder to us that fashion is a visual record of our times. Only when we see it before us, in its historical and social contexts, will we be able to actually have a dialogue with it.
Apr 15, 2019
Fashioning the dancing body: Tracing the evolution of the Bharatanatyam costume, from Devadasis to modern timesThroughout history, Bharatanatyam costumes have walked a tightrope between revealing and hiding the female form, reflecting the underlying conflict between the sensual and the spiritual as it evolved
Feb 24, 2019
Karl Lagerfeld's death signals the end of an era in grandeur and spectacle — and misogynistic, thin fashionKarl Lagerfeld epitomised everything that (today) would be considered “wrong” with the fashion industry. But he also epitomised its voracious appetite for success, for global stature, for perfection, for reinvention season after season after season, for spectacle.