Rococo Renaissance

By Lara Quinn The recent Dolce and Gabbana runway story, christened ‘Fashion Devotion’, forged new life for the fashion world this season. The looks fused contemporary crazes with artistic ideals of the Baroque era in a matrimony that can only be regarded as something of a Rococo Renaissance.  Echoing the genesis of the 15th century renaissance, the dynamic duo behind the brand delivered a runway … Continue reading Rococo Renaissance

Do As I Say, and Not As I Do

Katie Burke tackles ‘feminist’ fashion With the changing of the seasons, fashion not only presents us with new fabrics, silhouettes and colour trends, but also a reflection of the society we live in. In the 1910s and 1920s, slightly shortened hemlines and less constricting dresses reflected the economic consequences of war, and the practicalities of protesting on the streets for women’s suffrage. Meanwhile, the 1970s … Continue reading Do As I Say, and Not As I Do

Cheap and (Not So) Cheerful

High street fashion comes at a high price for the environment, writes Caoimhe Coleman At the beginning of the year I, like many people, set myself some resolutions. One of those was to stop buying ‘fast fashion,’ a concept which I really only became conscious of in the last year or so. Fast fashion puts an emphasis on making fashion trends from the catwalk quickly … Continue reading Cheap and (Not So) Cheerful

Is Fashion Dead?

Laurie Shelly examines whether fashion has lost its cultural influence in the 21st century In their examination of the Spring/Summer 2018 collections, British Vogue reported that pencil skirts, the “fifties wardrobe staple,” were back, along with “sixties leather” and the “eighties allure” of slip dresses. It was wistfully noted after the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 collections that “every era got a catwalk airing, but the seventies forged … Continue reading Is Fashion Dead?