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Fashion Month: Social Change

Thursday, February 14, 2013

As Fashion Week wraps up, Hazel Clarka professor in the MA Fashion Studies Program and research chair of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design and the co-author of The Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity, and Globalization  (Routledge, 2008) continues the February series on fashion with a look at social changes play out in what we wear, from "haul videos" to new fashion icons.

Who's your fashion icon?  Do you deliberately model your style on someone else's? Michelle Obama? Snookie? Someone you saw on the subway last week?

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The Takeaway

Turkish-made shoe lives in infamy, Turkish shoemaker adds jobs

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Baydan Shoe Company, the Turkey-based shoe manufacturer that made the infamous footwear hurled at President Bush earlier this month, has seen such a high demand in shoes that the company has added one hundred new jobs. The shoes are flying off the shelves...
"Now we call it the Bye-Bye Bush shoe."
— Omer Bogatekin on the famous shoe

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The Takeaway

Gold Fever

Friday, September 05, 2008

The lust that once lured prospectors to California is today drawing countless thousands to remote tropical rainforests on a quest for gold. It’s a valuable source of income in developing nations. But Smithsonian scientist William Laurance says the thirst for gold and other metals is fueled by both illegal and legal trade that carries heavy social, environmental and public health costs.

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The Takeaway

Discount fashions can be fashion forward, but do they foster waste?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

In the world of fashion, you get what you pay for, and that’s exactly the point Britain’s House of Lords has taken issue with. Clothing chains like H and M, or Forever 21 epitomize this trend of “Fast Fashion”- where it’s in one day and out the next. Does this simply foster a culture of irresponsible waste- or is this what being “fashion forward” means in the year 2008. The Takeaway talks to their own personal shopper of sorts, The Takeaway contributor Mary Elizabeth Williams.

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