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It’s 2017: Why Are We Still Wearing Corsets?

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Sifting through celebrity photos for work a few months ago, I came across an image that stopped me in my tracks: In it, Kim Kardashian had paired sweatpants and a padded jacket with a Givenchy corset — boning and all. That one idea — a corset in 2017 — triggered a Baader-Meinhof scenario; for the rest of that week I saw them everywhere, from my browser to my backyard, at a streetwear launch party in my hometown of Cape Town, South Africa. They were dressed up, styled down, and worn over everything from men’s banker shirts to sweater dresses, all while being touted as the next evolution of underwear as outerwear.

Suddenly, corsets were back in magazines too: On Emma Watson’s Elle UK cover, on Maria Borges for Grazia Australia, on Natalia Vodianova for Porter, and on Madonna forVogue Italia. They showed up on celebrities like Rihanna — on-tour via Adam Selmanon the runway via Fenty x Puma — Kylie Jenner, and Gigi Hadid. Of all the throwback trends that could take up space in one’s closets these days, I was surprised the corset — once a symbol of women’s oppression — is the one my generation of empowered, active women would choose to unearth. We’ve replaced our push-ups with bralettes and our stilettos with sneakers, and yet, the corset has returned.

Its comeback began on the spring 2015 runways: A satin bodice at Jean Paul Gaultier and a gilded sacred heart bustier at Dolce & Gabbana were unsurprising, but my eyebrows shot up at the sight of the “French bodies” at Givenchy, reportedly inspired by traditional folk clothes from northern Italy. Then came an explosion in the fall 2016 collections: Alexander McQueen showed decadently embroidered gowns held up by a skeleton corset of sheer fabric and boning, while now ubiquitous “real-girl” canvas, leather, and denim versions at popped up at PradaIsabel Marant, and Loewe. The options kept on coming from BalenciagaLouis Vuitton, and Balmaintoo. Even this season at New York Fashion Week, designers from Tibi and Prabal Gurung to Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang all showed variations of the contraption.

But the alarm in my head continued to ring — not just because corsets are back in a big way, but because I, surprisingly, love the way they look, especially in the fresh and often weird way they’re styled, wrapping and shaping our waists in a way I never thought we could. While I found the prospect of wiggling into this latest wardrobe game-changer exciting, I also felt uncomfortable. These centuries-old instruments of everyday torture were used to mold women into a fantasy silhouette that was rarely achieved without pain or genuine damage to their health. We retired them. We banished them. We relegated them to fashion history. Now here they are in all their contemporary glory. And I want to buy one, or a few… But can a feminist wear a corset without being a hypocrite?

Can a feminist wear a corset without being a hypocrite?

We’ve living in a time of intersectional feminismbody positivity, and genderless, smart, and adaptive fashion. We’re (gradually) gaining ground for women’s rights around the world, and we’ve mounted an aggressive attack on the gender wage gap. An archaic body-modification device with a controversial history seems a little out of place in our progressive wardrobes. But here I am, trying to decide if I should get one in leather or denim or both.

Of course, the contemporary corset I want is definitely not the corset of the 16th century. For form, we’ve gone with modern plastic and polyester instead of steel and whalebone, and barring the waist-trainer-faithful, wearing one today is primarily an exercise in accessorizing, not modification. Modern options don’t bear much of a resemblance to their ancestors either, with soft bralette and belt versions being favored over full-torso designs. Instead of a constrictive undergarment, these are cool and beautiful pieces in materials like light cotton voile and hand-molded leather. But all things considered, these are still corsets, designed to exaggerate the female form — and I still feel a little shook.

Fashion’s cyclical nature means there isn’t just the possibility of a comeback — there’s the inevitability of one. But the corset always felt like an exception to that rule. When fashion experienced a major silhouette reform in the early 20th century (starting from the pioneering corset-free designers like Paul Poiret and Gabrielle Chanel), women didn’t just push corsets to the backs of their closets — they condemned them. After all, they had seen and experienced everything from the industrial revolution to the sexual revolution of the jazz age to the battle for the women’s vote. Meeting an unrealistic standard simply for the pleasure of the male gaze wasn’t a high enough aspiration for the people they had become; they could be so much more — and they wanted to be.

But the return of the corset represents yet another shift in our state of mind: Is it, again, about stature and empowerment? We’re now wearing them over our clothes, a choice that says almost as much as the choice to bring them back in the first place: If we’re going to wear a corset, it’s going to be on our terms, loose and layered and as unconventionally sutured as possible.

We’ve always used fashion to express opinions, align with a cause, or put our personalities on display. In that way, the ability to choose what we wear every day has power, so it makes sense to put that power to use, be it through a feminist Dior T-shirt, a Hillary Clinton-style pant suit, or, in this case, by reclaiming the corset and subverting its oppressive roots. Of course, part of what makes that possible is that today’s version of the corset isn’t just about being perceived as sexy and alluring — the 2017 version is built for modern life, for weekday subway rides, brunch marathons, and probably your Instagram account, too.

It’s in the intersection between the corset and its past and present cultural context that brings it full circle. In a world where our choices mattered less, where our voices were stifled, and our roles imposed on us, any opportunity to rebel was significant. Today, despite gender bias and its fallout, women have more space and freedom than ever before to shape our lives as we see fit — not just our waists. That doesn’t make the trend any less disconcerting if you’d written them off entirely like I had. But, we can embrace the fact that living in 2017 means that even though rejecting the corset was a big deal, reintroducing it doesn’t necessarily have to be.

We get to choose it for ourselves now, and in doing so, we get to choose what it means. For me, that means adding another layer to my outfit. I’m thinking my new striped pant suit would look great with one, so I’m going to get over my reservations (and silence the voice in my head telling me I don’t have the body for it) and buy one. Not Kim’s Givenchy corset — I’m not best friends with Riccardo Tisci just yet — but something a little like it.

By: Modupe Oloruntoba

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Fashion Designer Job Description – Making Stylized Outfits

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A designer is an individual who facilitates the movement of the article of clothes or outfit through idea to begin. Designers are accountable for analyzing current developments and deciding what’s popular, as well as picking out ideas for brand new styles and drafting designs on their behalf. Designers can work in many different industries as well as settings, including clothes manufacturers, design companies, or private companies and individuals.

Fashion designer Job Description:

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With respect to the fashion designer’s knowledge, experience, and company, he/she can play another role within the making of the new outfit. Fashion designers who’re hired by big design firms in many cases are responsible for creating the designs as well as overlooking the development process. They’ll pick the colors, materials, and patterns for that outfit and monitor tailors and sewers because they recreate the style. Fashion designers dealing with smaller firms may have a less managerial placement. They will frequently draft their designs in addition to make the prototypes that they’ll show to customers.

When people think about designers?

They often think about the people that create high-end, “haute culture” styles. These designers often concentrate on producing very stylized as well as trendy outfits with regard to wealthier customers. They are the fashions which are seen in publications, fashion shows, as well as on celebrities. High-fashion designers could also work for individual clients to produce a personalized ensemble. Nevertheless, this is not the only real type of designer.

What kind of styles involved in the Fashion designer job description?

A designer employed by a wholesaler or even manufacturer creates styles for mass viewers, rather than higher-end styles. These designs should be catered toward a sizable audience and changed to fit a variety of sizes. Depending about the design, the outfits can also be manufactured in many colors as nicely. These designers must develop styles that may suit men, ladies, children, and babies. The designs should also fit the spending budget and expectations from the company the custom works for.

A lot of people work in much more specialized fields. For instance, some fashion, creative designers works only on wedding gowns. These designers will frequently work with individuals or wedding gown retailers to create customized dresses for his or her clients.

Look for a Reputable Fashion Design School

You can spend thousands on the certificate, but whether it’s not recognized, it will likely be hard or in some instances, impossible to progress your studies. It may even hinder your likelihood of getting a job popular. Look out for schools which are accredited by the actual country’s education ministry – it’ll at least keep your certificate is recognized in your country. Look out for his or her track record; learn how their graduates are faring within the fashion industry.

Know more about their work:

Numerous designers work just on costume style for the film and also the performing arts. Though this work doesn’t necessarily focus upon current fashion developments, a costume designer has most of the same responsibilities as every other fashion designer. Costume designers may need to research the type of clothing worn through another culture, in various time periods, as well as in an imaginary world. Costume designers should work closely with directors and discover out what kind of clothing is necessary, since directors usually have specific ideas of what their characters should seem like.

A large amount of people are self-employed as well as work from task to project. They might be called to design a variety of different outfits based on what the customer wants. Their jobs in many cases are less stable and they’ll generally have to regulate their schedules to satisfy the needs of every client. Each fashion designer’s job changes depending on which kind of work they perform.

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Reformation Just Launched A Line Of Sustainable Denim

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Eco-fashion retailer Reformation just dropped a new line of sustainable denim, and it’s worth checking out. The move comes a little over a month after eco-friendly brand Everlane dropped its first-ever line of sustainable denim.

Reformation’s new collection, aptly branded Ref Jeans, is held to the same material standards as the rest of the brand’s products: with 100 percent recycled materials, leftover fabrics, or sustainably sourced fibers. The line features 46 new pieces, including 11 denim styles in 14 washes, 10 tops and 4 dresses, all designed to pair perfectly with denim.

“My biggest dream is to bring sustainable fashion to everyone,” writes Yael Aflalo, the brand’s founder and CEO. “This year, we decided to tackle the worst polluting type of clothing that we all buy all the time ― denim.”

An absurd amount of water is typically needed to produce a single pair of jeans. That’s why, until now, many eco-first retailers have kept their distance from the closet staple. A single pair of jeans takes about 1,500 gallons of water (or sometimes more) once the dying and washing is complete.

“On average, one Ref Jeans saves 1,468 gallons of water, compared to a conventional pair,” Aflalo writes. “And we are working on making them even better.”

If this all sounds a bit too good to be true, it might be. Understandably, eco-friendly fashion often comes with a higher price tag to account for the quality materials and production standards. Even so, these jeans run you about $100 to $150 for a single pair (compared to $68 flat for a pair of Everlane’s denim).

And, unfortunately, neither retailer is super size-friendly, so if you’re a curvy lady looking for a nice pair of jeans, there are plenty of other places to snag quality denim.

But, for those eager to find the perfect fit from Reformation’s newest collection, they’re available for pre-order starting Oct. 12, and can be purchased online and in store Oct. 23.

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29 Roomy Loafers For Women With Wide Feet

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Blistered heels and squished toes are run-of-the-mill symptoms for wide-footed ladies who try to break in a new pair of shoes.

Though loafers look comfortable, folks with wide feet know just how painful those pointy toes and slim widths can be. But, because we refuse to let the shoes win, we’ve rounded up a list of 29 of our favorite loafers for wide feet.

Check them out below, and be sure to sign up for our Full Carts, Can’t Lose email to stay on top of the best sales each week.

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