"What frustrated McQueen about Westwood’s balmoralism can be likened to modern ideas of cultural appropriation by presenting something intertwined with oppression through an idealised, and English, perspective"
Scarface. Big Al. Public Enemy No. 1. Amongst the incredible pieces of history seen at Kerry Taylor’s latest ‘Passion for Fashion’ auction, a pair of 1920’s men’s spats stole the show; owned by and sporting the signature of none other than Alphonse ‘Al’ Capone.
For master jeweller Shaun Leane, Alexander McQueen’s ‘Highland Rape’ was "the show that made his name", renowned for the uproar it produced. 25 years later, Oliver Day looks for lessons in its undeserved revulsion.
Five hundred years ago, a fashion conscious young man from Augsburg called Matthäus Schwarz started a visual journal of his clothes on his 23rd birthday. He called it Klaidungsbüchlein (The Book of Clothes) and he continued it for over 40 years. And it is terrific, revealing a touching, vivid and unique view on how to flaunt it. Half-a-millennium after Schwarz began his book, Yorkshire dandy George Elliot celebrates his predecessor’s flamboyance, his wit and his style.
The first half of the much anticipated Balenciaga project, for Central Saint Martins’ BA Fashion Womenswear students, has begun. Watch as Joe Bromley and Lucy Vipond speak to the second year designers about the master couturier, and working on their construction.
Poppy Jasmine Hawkes speaks to the Central Saint Martins 'bioartists' about their practice, whilst Aswan Magumbe explores how some of the Central Saint Martins BA (Hons) Performance: Design and Practice students are tackling a situation that’s restricting them from doing just that – performing.