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Black Lives Matter protests put spotlight on racist, homophobic work culture at global fashion brands
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Black Lives Matter protests put spotlight on racist, homophobic work culture at global fashion brands

When luxury fashion lined up social media posts to show solidarity with Black Lives Matters protests, brands got a whole lot of blowback.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Dior revives fashion shows for July — but sans the celebrated front row audience
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Dior revives fashion shows for July — but sans the celebrated front row audience

Fashion label Christian Dior said it would press ahead with a calendar of fashion shows for this year starting in July with an Italian catwalk display - but without the celebrated front-row audience of A-listers.

Tracing the history of fashion as a tool to mitigate close contact, maintain social distancing
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Tracing the history of fashion as a tool to mitigate close contact, maintain social distancing

In the past, maintaining distance – especially between genders, classes and races – was an important aspect of social gatherings and public life. Social distancing didn’t have anything to do with isolation or health; it was about etiquette and class.

Rishi Kapoor (1952-2020): Saluting the actor, beloved star — and costume designer’s dream
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Rishi Kapoor (1952-2020): Saluting the actor, beloved star — and costume designer’s dream

From the oversized goggles in Bobby to the silver jumpsuit of Karz and the infamous sweaters in Chandni — Rishi Kapoor carried his screen costumes with a rare kind of dazzle.

Satya Paul passes away: A fashion pioneer and visionary who was 'influenced by all the elements of life'
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Satya Paul passes away: A fashion pioneer and visionary who was 'influenced by all the elements of life'

By recasting the sari — which, since the days of the Indian freedom struggle, had come to become a symbol of Indian nationalism — through his itinerant imaginations, Satya Paul imbued the national garment with a transnational spirit, capturing the mood of that period.

Pierre Cardin, fashion designer and pioneer of licensing, passes away at 98
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Pierre Cardin, fashion designer and pioneer of licensing, passes away at 98

Pierre Cardin set up his own fashion label in 1950. He quickly established a name as an innovator, creating the now legendary bubble dress in 1954.

2020, the year of the fashion film: As a pandemic forced an industry reckoning, a novel medium made an impact
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2020, the year of the fashion film: As a pandemic forced an industry reckoning, a novel medium made an impact

The fashion film is an interesting anomaly — not an ad film, not a feature film, perhaps a niche subset of the short film genre.

2020, the year of sumptuous TV style: From The Queen's Gambit to A Suitable Boy, small screen fashion made a statement
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2020, the year of sumptuous TV style: From The Queen's Gambit to A Suitable Boy, small screen fashion made a statement

The TV series that offered the most compelling sartorial splendour this year also showed us that to be truly fashionable, clothes have to move beyond visual delight.

COVID-19 crisis aggravates Indian modelling industry's lapses, with models left to deal with the fallout
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COVID-19 crisis aggravates Indian modelling industry's lapses, with models left to deal with the fallout

Stalled dues, pay cuts, apprehensions about COVID protocol being followed on shoots, lack of regulatory oversight, and a culture of silence that dissuades open discussion of their issues — models in India say the ongoing crisis has dealt the industry a grievous blow.

Corsets trend alongside spurt in Instagram thrift stores, as savvy buyers invest in vintage, secondhand creations
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Corsets trend alongside spurt in Instagram thrift stores, as savvy buyers invest in vintage, secondhand creations

As women post their #nobraclub selfies on Instagram, the social media platform has also become the site where the corset is enjoying something of a Renaissance.

In a bid to lower carbon footprint, a group of Indian designers turns food waste into haute couture
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In a bid to lower carbon footprint, a group of Indian designers turns food waste into haute couture

Orange peel, lotus stems, betel nut husks, rose petals, sugarcane, pineapples, coffee grounds, eucalyptus and even fish scales are no longer just food or waste. They are the fashion frontline in combatting climate change.

Emily Ratajkowski's allegations against Jonathan Leder exposes how artist-muse relation, consent are viewed
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Emily Ratajkowski's allegations against Jonathan Leder exposes how artist-muse relation, consent are viewed

'As I read Emily Ratajkowski’s tale, I thought of many of the stories I had heard amongst the models I had interviewed that struck a similar chord,' writes Manjima Bhattacharjya in her monthly column, 'Curious Fashion'

From personal robots to online stores, how the pandemic is making Savile Row evolve technologically
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From personal robots to online stores, how the pandemic is making Savile Row evolve technologically

Already struggling because of waning interest in suits and Brexit, the pandemic has amplified challenges for the “golden mile of men’s tailoring," pushing it toward technological innovation.

Lakmé Fashion Week 2020: Gen Next alumni Rimzim Dadu and Saaksha & Kinni close 5-day digital edition
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Lakmé Fashion Week 2020: Gen Next alumni Rimzim Dadu and Saaksha & Kinni close 5-day digital edition

All may not be well in the fashion world, but LFW showed great resilience and a re-focus on sustaining indigenous kaarigars and their crafts.

Lakme Fashion Week 2020: Midway through the first-ever digital edition, a round-up of the best shows yet
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Lakme Fashion Week 2020: Midway through the first-ever digital edition, a round-up of the best shows yet

As designers present filmed showcases of their collections, the need to support artisans is foregrounded as a playfulness of spirit and hope persists.

Lakme Fashion Week 2020 kicks off 'seasonless' digital edition, as hopes ride on online sales in face of coronavirus pandemic
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Lakme Fashion Week 2020 kicks off 'seasonless' digital edition, as hopes ride on online sales in face of coronavirus pandemic

Following a parched few months in luxury retail, can digital fashion weeks like LFW offer greater business to designers?

As global fashion events contend with COVID-19 era, Lakme Fashion Week 2020 gears up for first-ever digital edition
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As global fashion events contend with COVID-19 era, Lakme Fashion Week 2020 gears up for first-ever digital edition

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns, fashion weeks across the world have been forced to recalibrate their existing practices, priorities, and their very role. The upcoming Lakme Fashion Week also grapples with these concerns in its first-ever digital edition.

Bhanu Athaiya passes away: Indian cinema's pioneering costume designer brought authenticity, style to films 
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Bhanu Athaiya passes away: Indian cinema's pioneering costume designer brought authenticity, style to films 

Those who came into Bhanu Athaiya's orbit remember a wildly creative yet methodic professional, who brought an impressive formal expertise to the still nascent field of costume design in Indian films.

The history of the blouse shows how the garment aided working women and impacted the manufacturing industry
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The history of the blouse shows how the garment aided working women and impacted the manufacturing industry

One staple of the working wardrobe has particularly interesting roots – the humble blouse, which gained prominence around the turn of the 20th century thanks to new manufacturing techniques.