Dying for a Bargain – a Panorama Documentary

After watching two documentaries that show the more positive side of fashion, I decided to face reality and watch the Panorama documentary ‘Dying for a Bargain’ on Kompany. The documentary covers similar topics as ‘The True Cost’ which I’ve spoke about the importance of in the past. I think it’s important, especially in an industry such as fashion, to be realistic about what is really going on behind the scenes – and this is exactly what ‘Dying for a Bargain’ shows. Showing the grueling conditions of sweat shops in Bangladesh, the documentary shows us what really goes into making clothes for shops like Primark, Matalan and Lidl. Bangladesh is the second biggest exporter of clothes but with rules being broken, and human rights being forgotten, it poses the question, once again, of whether cheap clothing is really worth it?Read More »

Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!) – good advice or showing off?

When we were given a choice of books to pick from to read over reading week, I knew I was better off choosing books that gave advice on how to unleash your creative side. I love writing – this is where I feel creatively strongest. Everywhere else I struggle a bit. So I figured that I would use reading week as an opportunity to ‘unleash my creative potential’ in the words of George Lois. His book ‘Damn Good Advice (for people with talent!)’ is the first book I read during my two weeks off, and whilst he clearly is extremely creatively gifted, I have mixed thoughts about the book overall.Read More »

Franca Sozzani – the documentary that captured her genius

The second documentary I watched during reading week was ‘Franca: Chaos and Creation’. There’s no doubt that the late Franca Sozzani is a legend in the fashion world, renowned for her controversial, yet brilliant, photo shoots that she produced during her time as Editor in Chief for Vogue Italia. Her untimely death in 2016 was heartbreaking, she had so much more to give, and the documentary captures this perfectly. Filmed over 6 years by her only child, Francesco Sozzani, we finally get an insight to who Franca Sozzani really was, from her childhood, friendships, and the people who inspired her most.Read More »