Take the time to look closely enough and a garment can be read almost as clearly as words on a page. In this way, archives of garments can provide a unique window into the past, revealing valuable clues to how previous generations shopped, dressed and laundered their clothes. Intact department store tags allow us to compare prices of similar garments from different eras. Laundry instructions on early 1950s bras remind us that nylon was then so new that women, unfamiliar with easy-care fabrics, had to be instructed not to boil

I have kept a close eye on the London College of Fashion BA (Hons) Fashion Contour graduates since 2014* and was lucky enough to be invited along to the catwalk event organised by this year’s graduating class. On Thursday 12th July, I headed to east London for an evening of lingerie, loungewear and swimwear, featuring three catwalk presentations and 15 of the class of 2018. The first catwalk featured Kristi Kuiken‘s bridalwear, Laurie Whiteley‘s swimwear, Holly Grace Evans’ loungewear for new mums, plus lingerie collections from Florence Morris-Clarke and Spasena Ilieva. After the catwalk presentation,

[SPOILER ALERT] This article contains mild spoilers for Westworld season 2, mostly in the form of discussion of costumes. I recently finished watching season 2 of Westworld and am still processing the clever storytelling, the visual brilliance, and the excellent performances from a delightfully diverse cast. Despite being set in a ‘wild west’ theme park, the show gradually starts to offer a greater variety of ways of ‘doing’ masculinity and femininity than that setting would usually allow, and two of the most fascinating characters – Maeve and Dolores – evolve

Sustainability is such a huge topic that it can be hard to work out what you can possibly do that will make a difference. It’s easy to become disheartened but, as Christopher Raeburn said at the BFC’s London Craft Week event, “We’re all part of the problem and part of the solution.” We can all make small changes to the way we consume clothing, and cumulatively those small changes will begin to have an effect, whether it’s by changing the way we think and shop, by influencing our friends and

If you’re anything like me, there will be a time of the year when the weather starts to get really warm and every bra you own will begin to annoy you 100% more than it did in the colder months. Bands feel tighter, everything feels sticky (and needs washing all the time!), plus loads of them seem to show through all your lightweight summer clothing. I figured there had to be a few solutions to this summer bra drama, and so I looked around to find some options for hot

Brunch Club’s sweet sixteen took place on Saturday 26th May 2018 in Canada Water, at Leadbelly’s Bar & Kitchen, Montreal House, Deal Porters Square, London SE16 7AQ. Another high ranking brunch spot on our list of potential options, the brunch menu at Leadbelly’s has something for pretty much all tastes and is 98% gluten free so we went in with high hopes. But… did it deliver? INITIAL BEVERAGES Lori: I went for an iced black Americano (for the coffee hit, but cooler on a warm day). They charge extra for ice

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