Amanda Leon-Joyce, founder of Irreverent Dance

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As you’ve probably noticed, I appear to have lost my blogging mojo this month. I felt a bit guilty when the lovely Shasleigh from My Betty Woo mentioned Rarely Wears Lipstick in her recent post
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Fashion

Fashion & Freedom exhibiton at Manchester Art Gallery Review: Fashion & Freedom

On Thursday 12th May, I headed up to Manchester for the launch of Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition is part of 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme of arts events connecting people with the First World War. Working in partnership with cultural organisations across the UK, 14-18 NOW is commissioning “new work by
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Selfridges' EveryBODY campaign Lust List: April

This month’s underwear Lust List is inspired by my visits to The Body Studio at Selfridges and the Undressed exhibition at the V&A, plus my many lunch time window shopping trips on London’s famous Oxford Street (having a day job that’s based at Oxford Circus can be dangerous!). I can’t get enough of the wonderful
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A bra with a well-fitting back band How to find your perfect bra size

As anyone with boobs of any shape and size can tell you, finding the perfect bra is much harder than it should be. The sizing system is confusing and working out which of the many cup and band sizes might possibly fit you can feel like an impossible task. So when I saw a bit
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Camilla Elphick SS16 Camilla Elphick: Going Places

I first discovered Camilla Elphick back in 2013 when she’d just graduated from the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear course at London College of Fashion. Her graduate collection was a massive hit in the LCF pop-up
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The Body Studio at Selfridges, Oxford Street The Body Studio at Selfridges

Yesterday, Selfridges launched a massive new destination department – for lingerie, swim, sportswear, loungewear and hosiery – and I couldn’t resist a visit on the opening day so booked myself in for a bra fitting after work. The Body Studio is based on the third floor of its Oxford Street store and, as reported in trade
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Cock and Bull Menswear Lust List: March

This month’s Lust List is a quick end-of-the-month post, but there’s nothing half arsed (pun intended) about the featured brands. I’ve come up with a list of underwear companies who care about their fit, fabrics, supply chain and their customers. If you want to spend a bit more to get something that will feel good
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Panache Black 'Eclipse' lingerie set Review: ‘Eclipse’ by Panache Black

Sometimes bra shopping can get a bit expensive and so outlet sites, like Panache’s My Curves & Me, are really useful for grabbing styles you’ve had your eye on at discount prices. I did a guest post for the My Curves & Me Blog last year and was pleased to be offered a review set
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Life

A couple of my remaining Mini Discs Is this the soundtrack to my life?

Music used to be a massive part of my life. When I was growing up in the 1980s, I bought albums on cassette and learnt the lyrics off by heart, either from the inlay or what I found in Smash Hits magazine. My collection contained long lasting joys such as Pet Shop Boys‘ Disco, Janet
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Amanda Leon-Joyce, founder of Irreverent Dance Dancing, exhibitions, archives and more

As you’ve probably noticed, I appear to have lost my blogging mojo this month. I felt a bit guilty when the lovely Shasleigh from My Betty Woo mentioned Rarely Wears Lipstick in her recent post
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Book cover of Jane Austin's Emma, by Ben Templesmith on Flickr Anatomy of a Classic

In a voice over at the beginning of the 1995 film Clueless, the character Cher Horowitz asks the audience, ‘isn’t my house classic?’ She then goes on to explain that ‘the columns date all the way back to 1972.’ Although viewers may initially laugh at the seemingly naive implication that a twenty year old building
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LGBTQ

Make up image via Mariana Athayde's Flickr photostream FEMME: A Story of Empowerment and Erasure

1999. I am going to a job interview at a lesbian bar. The manager, a butch, opens the door: ‘What are you doing here? Are you in the right place?’ ‘I am here for the interview’ She looks at me up and down with suspicion. ‘You don’t look gay!’ ‘I am here, for the same reason
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Selfridges' EveryBODY campaign Lust List: April

This month’s underwear Lust List is inspired by my visits to The Body Studio at Selfridges and the Undressed exhibition at the V&A, plus my many lunch time window shopping trips on London’s famous Oxford Street (having a day job that’s based at Oxford Circus can be dangerous!). I can’t get enough of the wonderful
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The team at Open Barbers A new salon for Open Barbers

Have you ever felt unwelcome in mainstream hair salons or barbers? Have you feared getting a haircut because of how you will be judged, and all the incorrect assumptions the salon staff will make? For many LGBTQ folk, getting the haircut they want, at a price they can afford is a an ongoing battle. Thankfully,
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Feminism

STOPJECTIFY-Indiegogo Art + Feminism = STOPJECTIFY

Back in February 2014 I wrote about a fundraising campaign for a feminist art exhibition called Big Swinging Ovaries. Created by London-based Berliner artist Jess de Wahls, who I interviewed for my Exploring Creativity blog
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Image from Neon Moon's beautiful inclusive lingerie photoshoot Giveaway: Neon Moon bra

Earlier this month, feminist lingerie brand Neon Moon revealed their fantastic and inclusive #IAmNeonMoon campaign images, which aim to fight transphobia and body shaming. Featuring three gorgeous models – including a trans woman and a woman of colour – plus the Neon Moon CEO, the photoshoot looks like it was loads of fun and everyone
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London College of Fashion panel discussion on women leaders in the fashion industry, 7th Oct 2015 Women Leaders in the Business of Fashion

Yesterday evening I attended a panel discussion on the topic of women as leaders in the fashion industry, hosted by the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Business School and held at the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition space on the Strand. The panel was chaired by Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion, and
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Reviews

Fashion & Freedom exhibiton at Manchester Art Gallery Review: Fashion & Freedom

On Thursday 12th May, I headed up to Manchester for the launch of Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition is part of 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme of arts events connecting people with the First World War. Working in partnership with cultural organisations across the UK, 14-18 NOW is commissioning “new work by
[…continue reading]

The Body Studio at Selfridges, Oxford Street The Body Studio at Selfridges

Yesterday, Selfridges launched a massive new destination department – for lingerie, swim, sportswear, loungewear and hosiery – and I couldn’t resist a visit on the opening day so booked myself in for a bra fitting after work. The Body Studio is based on the third floor of its Oxford Street store and, as reported in trade
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Batman vs Superman Review: Batman v Superman

I’m a massive fan of movies and TV shows based on comic book characters and many have been wonderful lately. However, some look so awful from the trailer that you can only hope the reality
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