On clothing and identity

At lunch time I read Lauren Bravo's article for The Pool entitled Sharing clothes? It's the future of fashion, but I have to admit that it was mostly because the title made me wince. No offence to Lauren, as I always love a good personal wardrobe story, but the thought of someone raiding my wardrobe... Continue Reading →

Finding a new me, via illustration

Back in 2010, I snapped a self portrait with my phone using an app called Toy Camera. As this was the first ever Android phone, and so it would be another two years until I could install Instagram, I was still trying to find a camera app that would recreate some of the features that... Continue Reading →

Fashion Theory: Analysing images

Part 2 of a 6-part series on aspects of fashion theory, specifically cultural studies and object analysis. Written partly to reassure myself that I do understand the concepts and partly to help clarify things for others, this post is based on notes I took during a lecture at London College of Fashion by Dr Agnès... Continue Reading →

All ages fashion?

The Guardian have an ongoing series called Fashion For All Ages which both excites and irritates me in equal measures. Although it is wonderful to see models who are over the age of 40 in the fashion pages of a national newspaper, this series is not what it seems. If it was truly "fashion for... Continue Reading →

Fashion Advertising vs The Real World

Models don't have to wear skirts that ride up, sleeves that are too long, or garments that aren't made to measure. Models don't have to worry about clothing being unflattering when they're sat down, or crumpled when they stand up again. But that's because, while they're working, models don't live in the real world. During... Continue Reading →

What is fashion?

If someone asked you to describe fashion, what would you say? Do you think of Vogue, catwalk shows and umpteen super-cool fashion bloggers? Do you love the latest Prada menswear collection, faithfully follow trends, or utterly detest being told what to wear? When talking about clothing, many people assume that the umbrella term fashion refers... Continue Reading →

Feminism Friday: Who am I?

I am Schwarzkopf LIVE Color XXL Hypnotic Red. I am Olay Complete Care Moisturising Fluid. I am L'Oréal True Match pressed powder. I am Clinique Lash Power Mascara. I am Boots No7 eyebrow pencil. I am a vintage dress and United Nude shoes. I am a Tatty Devine GIN necklace. I am really ridiculously good... Continue Reading →

Review: Barelesque

On Wednesday 12th October 2011, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern played host to a raucous bunch of ladies who, along with their friends, were hoping to raise lots of money for LGBT homeless charity the Albert Kennedy Trust. As I mentioned last month, I was delighted to be chosen as one of those girls by the... Continue Reading →

How to be happy

Now that I'm happy and confident in myself, it can sometimes be difficult to remember how I was before I achieved this. Telling someone that they look great, and should be content just the way they are, rarely works. It's like someone telling me not to worry: just because you said it, doesn't make it... Continue Reading →

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