The coveted pocket missing in women’s fashion is not new and has been a point of contention since at least the 1800’s. Today women’s fashions are pocketless, due in part to fashion industry designers and what they are thinking when they create fashion, such as purpose, practicability and look/image, if any. Also fashion companies are big business and like any business the bottom line is profit. For instance, the tattered and ripped jeans look. Promoted as hip, sexy and cool for the consumer, yet you …
Strike one: Gucci sold a wool balaclava jumper that suspiciously resembled blackface with its pull-over collar. Strike two: the brand capitalized off traditional Sikh turbans with its “Indy Full Head Wrap”. Strike three: its latest clothing collection featured straightjackets and prisonlike sandals.
Niousha Khosrowyar is a 23-year-old freshman at PCC. She was born in Tehran, Iran, and studied fashion for a year in London. She hopes to transfer to USC in the fall, and is majoring in business management/marketing.
In a world where people can often struggle with branding themselves and standing out in unconventional ways, the owners of intuitive clothing company “Mishka,” strive to do exactly this: by telling their own stories through fashion.
Obesity has taken a major focus in recent media and medical studies as it has become an epidemic plaguing 35 percent of Americans, according to the Journal of American Medicine. Southern states and regions that lack fresh produce and whole foods, typically known as food deserts, are the highest in obesity rates, with regions that are land-locked following behind, according to The State of Obesity.
While Baz Luhrmann’s film interpretation of “The Great Gatsby” received lukewarm reviews by critics, the film was praised for the authenticity of its 1920s costumes, even winning the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for designer Catherine Martin.
A beautiful and elaborate Queen Elizabeth gown sat amidst the piles of fabrics, needles and sewing machines. The room wasn’t dusty but had a very cluttered feel and yet nothing felt out of place. The buzz of sewing machines filled the room as fashion students worked on individual garments. The Queen Elizabeth costume was created by fashion design and historical costume making major Lauren Ward and recently won first place and “Best in Show” at the 2014 L.A. County Fair.
It was just the first week, but the fashion design students already had hands on deck. Eyes were fixated upon laptops with illustrations. Designs on paper filled tables, adorned with swatches of fabrics that students were constantly mixing and matching. Amongst the puncturing noises of sewing and the occasional typing, the room is almost devoid of social butterfly chatter, instead replaced with the type of murmur typical in office cubicles. In other words, it was crunch time.
High above campus in the fourth floor of the R building sits the fashion classroom. Lines of sewing machines, ironing boards, and designing tables are everywhere. Mannequins are scattered across the room, some wearing dresses and some sitting bare in a closet in the back. Pieces of fabric are scattered on tables and counters.
It’s official. It’s time for leggings, boots and beanies once again.