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Call for Papers: Symposium on Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion

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On 25th and 26th September, 2014, The London College of Fashion will host a symposium to explore contemporary South Asian cultures and fashion in relation to youth. Suggested themes include: fashion and consumer cultures fashioning youth in cinema /television/music/magazines dress cultures, gender and sexuality fashion, politics and faith South Asian fashion trends and culture in…

WATCH // Indigenous New Media Symposium

Indigenous New Media Symposium

On February 21st, the School of Media Studies at The New School hosted a symposium on Indigenous new media.  Lucky for us, the event was livestreamed! Speakers for the symposium included Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe of Beyond Buckskin and Adrienne Keene of Native Appropriations. Click here for an overview of some of the key issues,…

Olympic Pride & Hidden Narratives

Hudson's Bay Unveils Official Parade Uniforms for Canadian Olympic Team at Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony (CNW Group/Hudson's Bay Company)

There have been quite a few articles on the Sochi 2014 olympic fashion so let’s talk about the uniforms.  As a Canadian, I have mixed feelings about the uniforms designed by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC). The historical significance of this company, which predates the official establishment of Canada, cannot be underestimated. HBC’s history as…

Call For Entires // CapilanoU Textile Arts Students & Alumni

Friends, As you know, SA’s Founder, Mary, is a Capilano University alumna with a Diploma in Textile Arts. It was through her education at the Textile Arts Department that she developed a keen interest in responsible fashion. This Diploma is a rare and unique program in the Canadian higher education landscape that has been in…

ATTEND // WEAR 2014

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WEAR 2014 hits Toronto, Canada, March 3rd and 4th, 2014. The event, presented by Canada’s Fashion Takes Action, will address: Profitability: The Business Case for Sustainability Social: Make Fair, Buy Fair Environmental: Resizing Fashion’s Footprint Engagement: Transparency, Traceability & Talk Click here to check out the great lineup of speakers – including Maureen Dickson of…

Dear Google Images…Thanks!

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Google has adjusted their image search tools with a new “Usage Rights” filtering option. This means users can more easily search for images for both use and reuse, under such licenses as the Creative Commons (CC). All SA content is fully CC licensed, and while finding CC licensed images before Google made this small change…

Call for Papers // Fashion in Fiction 2014, Hong Kong

I recently ran into Dr. Anne Peirson-Smith at an event and she mentioned that City University of Hong Kong (which happens to be where I’m completing my PhD) is hosting the Fashion in Fiction 2014 conference with the theme Style Stories and Transglobal Narratives. The conference will take place at CityU in Hong Kong from June 12-14, 2014 hosted by…

Call for Papers // Fashion, Style & Popular Culture

Fashion, Style & Popular Culture seeks academic articles for a Special Issue entitled Latin American / Latino Fashion, Style and Popular Culture. About the journal:  “Fashion, Style & Popular Culture is concerned with style, fashion, clothing, design, and related trends, as well as appearances and consumption as they relate to popular culture. Scholarship using and/or including: historical,…

Update // Cambodian garment workers battle for wage hike

Last week, Mary reported on the violent protests in Cambodia which included garment workers who have been demonstrating against a proposed minimum wage increase to US$100/month. The workers have asked for US$160/month which still falls short of the living wage proposed by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance [see the report entitled Latest Asia Floor Wage…

READ // Last Nightshift in Savar by Doug Miller

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The polls have now closed on Bangladesh’s 10th parliamentary election. The election is contested (see debates) with opposition parties having boycotted the vote as a result of the current government refusing to step down and make room for a caretaker government to temporarily manage the country for the run-up to, and during, the election — an…

Cambodian garment workers battle for wage hike

Fast Facts Cambodia

In 2013, Cambodia saw months of garment worker protests calling for an increase in the monthly minimum wage. Over the past two weeks, however, the country has seen garment worker demonstrations intensify with support from the opposition, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). Many garment workers are reportedly backing the opposition under a promise that…

Happy 2014, friends!

Happy New Year 2014

2013 saw garment workers and the social, cultural, political and environmental impacts of fast fashion supply chains gain increased media attention in light of such industrial tragedies as Rana Plaza. Here’s hoping 2014 can keep up the momentum, without help from another disaster. As we look back on the year and reflect, we thought to…

Resources // NPR’s Planet Money Makes a ‘Simple’ T-shirt

  Planet Money: What would you like the people who buy this t-shirt to know about you? Doris Restrepo, Garment Worker, Medellín, Colombia: What is behind the T-shirt: It’s a world. NPR’s Planet Money has released a five chapter series on the production of a conventional t-shirt. This series is an excellent educational resource and…