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? View Post

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. View Post

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. View Post

King of the Fall – ‘House of Z’ documentary

The first module of FCP is finally over, and I couldn’t be happier to be back at home, eating good food and finally getting some sleep! Whilst I might not be at Uni for the next two weeks, I’m not just allowed to sit around and do nothing (though I’m sure there will be a lot of that!). Instead we’ve been set things to read, watch and listen to that, in turn, will help us to expand our knowledge on all things fashion. As work goes, it’s pretty nice! Reading week will lead to blog posts on the things I’ve learnt and my thoughts on them, and the first one will focus on fashion designer Zac Posen, and the documentary ‘House of Z’. View Post

Haute Couture Heaven – Ralph & Russo Spring/Summer 2018

Yesterday I talked about Dior’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 collection, but today the focus is on Ralph & Russo. The British fashion house, that has recently been in the press due to Meghan Markle wearing a dress from their 2016 Fall couture collection in her engagement photos, was really a shining star in this season’s couture fashion week for me. I love sparkle, and elegance, and these are two things Ralph & Russo had lots of at their runway show. This blog post contains 9 of my favourite looks from the show, with it definitely being Ralph & Russo’s time to shine.  View Post