Photo taken by lipsticklori during a footwear workshop at LCF

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How do you make shoes?

As you may know, I work in an admin role at London College of Fashion (LCF). Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to our Golden Lane site by footwear lecturer Ian Goff
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Fashion

Hand knitted scarf from Birdsong London The A-to-Z of Accessories: Yarn and… Zero Gravity

The final two letters in any A-to-Z are always tricky, and this A-Z of Accessories was no different so apologies for bundling two posts into one! My first thought on what to include for the letter Y turned out to be my best idea… Yarn. After all, many people make and sell hand knitted and crocheted
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Photo taken by lipsticklori during a footwear workshop at LCF How do you make shoes?

As you may know, I work in an admin role at London College of Fashion (LCF). Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to our Golden Lane site by footwear lecturer Ian Goff
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Dress by Love ur Look Buy-Nothing Challenge: Update

After my recent realisation that I buy too many clothes, I decided to challenge myself to a month without buying any at all to see if I could break the habit. My theory was that it had become second nature to spend on a thing I liked, simply because it made me happy, without any
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Hunkemoller trend motif bralette Hunkemöller comes to the UK

Trade journal Lingerie Insight has announced that Dutch lingerie brand Hunkemöller has launched in the UK. Although there are no physical stores here yet, the UK website is live with a generous launch offer of 25% off the entire collection when you use the code WELCOME2HKM. As Hunkemöller’s bras come in band sizes 30-44 with
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Isoceles 'Umbra' body Lust List: August

Seeing as I have been trying (and, so far, succeeding) to go the whole of August without buying any clothes or accessories, I started planning this month’s Lust List to highlight all the gorgeous items of lingerie and nightwear that I have found this month and have resisted purchasing. However, a few things caught my eye that
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Protesters at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Feminism Friday: How technology saved us from burning our bras

People often mention ‘bra burning’ when they speak of second wave feminism, as if an allegedly oppressive undergarment was the most important thing that the feminist movement fought against in the late twentieth century. They also talk about it as if this were complete and utter truth, when it is more likely an urban myth.
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A skirt I was lusting after in H&M, March 2016 Am I ‘fashionable’? Musings on following trends

I’m always surprised when people think it makes sense that I work at London College of Fashion, because of the way I dress. Although I have a very distinct personal style, I wouldn’t describe myself as a ‘fashionista’ and I haven’t kept up with trends in a very long time. About the same time that
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Life

Photo taken by lipsticklori during a footwear workshop at LCF How do you make shoes?

As you may know, I work in an admin role at London College of Fashion (LCF). Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to our Golden Lane site by footwear lecturer Ian Goff
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Lori's profile on Storify How to live-tweet a conference

Since returning to academia, I have attended a lot of conferences and panel discussion events. Ever since I live-tweeted the Costume Society’s Study Day in 2012, people have been telling me that they really enjoy my reporting of events like this via social media. It started as an easy way for me to keep track
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Part 1 of Lori's tattoo. Black & grey roses by Ricky Williams A story of ink, skin and roses

I wrote about my ongoing tattoo design idea on this blog five years ago. That roses concept has stuck with me for a very long time, and I revisited the idea last year when I graduated from my MA. I thought that would be a good point in time to mark, as it very much felt
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LGBTQ

London Brawling All-Stars vs Stockholm Roller Derby All Stars. Photography by John Hesse London Rollergirls battle for the Hydra

This week, I received an email from Brat Worst of the London Rollergirls with some rather exciting news that I might want to write about. This got me wondering why I hadn’t written about roller
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Cover of the UK Metro newspaper, 14th June 2016 Orlando

In the early hours of the morning of Sunday 12th June 2016, a gunman opened fire at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 49 people and injuring dozens before he was shot dead by police. Last night a vigil in Soho, London (and many others across the country) showed that the UK LGBTQ
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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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Feminism

Protesters at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Feminism Friday: How technology saved us from burning our bras

People often mention ‘bra burning’ when they speak of second wave feminism, as if an allegedly oppressive undergarment was the most important thing that the feminist movement fought against in the late twentieth century. They also talk about it as if this were complete and utter truth, when it is more likely an urban myth.
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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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Reviews

Cheerz strips, featuring lipsticklori's Instagram photos Review: Photo printing by Cheerz

I have loved making photographs for a great many years. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, digital photography and social media, many more people than ever before are taking photographs of themselves and their surroundings but, with a little bit of knowledge and thought, you can make photographs. Ones that you created and are, quite
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Lori wearing the Love ur Look Dot Dash A-Line Dress Review: Love ur Look

I first wrote about Love ur Look last year and have been keen to try on some of their lovely vintage-inspired dresses ever since. Well, it finally happened this weekend, as Love ur Look are running a pop-up shop with Lady K Loves, Silly Old Sea Dog and Innabox over at the Old Truman Brewery in east
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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
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