Non-fiction

Mainbocher & the Decline of the Socialite

Mainbocher & the Decline of the Socialite

Reflecting on the Bygone Era of High Society

A quick Google search on ‘socialite’ will inevitably come up with any number of recognisable faces from twenty-first century celebrity culture. Touted by gossip magazines and tabloids like The Daily Mail, Hello and Who, the term is rarely used with flattering connotations. Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Tara Reid, Blake Lively and Kim Kardashian, among many other women, are just some of the wayward celebrities that nowadays are deemed as ‘socialites’.

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Style in Space

Style in Space

The Public Vote for NASA’s Spacesuit

NASA sought public engagement by inviting audiences to vote on the design of their new generation of spacesuit, and as a result the designs incorporate elements of contemporary fashion in an effort to gain popularity. To reinstate their position, NASA has recently sought public engagement to counteract competition from emerging corporations including Virgin Galactic and SpaceX.

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The New Leisure Class

The New Leisure Class

Thorstein Veblen’s Theory and Tweed in the Twenty-first Century

The American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class remains an influential work in sartorial studies, although it is typically invoked as an Aunt Sally, and a popular subject of criticism and contention. Veblen’s thesis, which is probably better known for enunciating the concept of ‘conspicuous consumption’, identified a burgeoning social elite within nineteenth-century America: the Leisure Class.

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Street Wearing

Street Wearing

The concrete stage of a street-scape is where fashion becomes visible, meaningful, and most importantly, embodied. From the mundane surrounds of down-and-out urban areas, to the poised, style-conscious images from a street photographer, the power of the street-scape and its importance to the fashioned body is often overlooked.

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Fashion Documents

Fashion Documents

Frederick Wiseman on his Sartorial Films

Since 1967, filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has produced an enormously influential and insightful series of documentaries. Over the course of some forty films, he has taken viewers inside an insane asylum (‘Titicut Follies’), uncovered the workings of the welfare system (‘Welfare’), witnessed terminal patients on a hospital ward (‘Near Death’) and victims of spouse abuse (‘Domestic Violence’).

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