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Social Alterations is a learning hub for responsible fashion. In the lab you’ll find lesson plans, activities, workshops, games, etc.,…

POLL // Child labour in the fashion supply chain

Child Labour

(Update: The video embedded below is seemingly no longer available to view online. The video depicted a number of children working in India, sewing clothing for the H&M and Alexander Wang collection at machines in a factory. At the end of the video, one boy declared how happy he was to work on this line.…

ATTEND // WEAR 2014 (Updated)

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WEAR 2014 hits Toronto, Canada, November 3rd and 4th, 2014 (updated dates). The event, presented by Canada’s Fashion Takes Action, offers keynote presentations and panel discussions from industry stakeholders on the following themes (updated themes): Creating Shared Value & Profitability Through Sustainable Business Practices The Evolution of Social Standards & Systems; Navigating Change Make Fair,…

READ// Women in Clothes

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We first caught wind of the epic collection that is Women in Clothes via Facebook from Zoe Welch, who contributed to the project. Most wonderfully, you can read through participant survey answers online! Although the book is now published, the project survey itself is still online, which we think would make an awesome classroom activity! Edited by…

EXHIBIT// Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics

Canada’s QUEEN of fashion, Jeanne Beker, is guest curator for an upcoming exhibit at The Design Exchange on the intersection of politics and fashion! The exhibit covers political fashion from 1960 to the present including a paper dress covered with Pierre Trudeau’s face during the Trudeaumania days, fur coats splattered by PETA, skinhead fashion, and a…

READ// Summer reading, and/or back to school prep!

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Yes, yes, we know it’s not even August yet, but September is just around the corner, and, in any case, maybe you’re looking for some summer reading? With this in mind, we’ve added more resources to our reading list, including a free ebook on sustainable fashion from Aalto University (thanks to Timo Rissanen for sharing…

READ // The Current State of Fashion, Otto von Busch

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Friends, two new tracts from the Current State of Fashion are out: Tractatus Fashionablo-Politicus: The Political Philosophy of The Current State of Fashion and The Mark of Cain: The Aesthetic Superiority of the Fashionable. In the Current State of Fashion, Otto von Busch asks, “What if fashion was a state? What kind of state would it be? Probably…

Call for Papers // Fashion Theory Special Issue: Brazilian Fashion

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Fashion Theory, a premier journal in the academic study of fashion, seeks articles for a special issue on Brazilian Fashion. The issue will be guest edited by Dr. Rita M. Andrade (Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil) and Dr. Regina A. Root (The College of William and Mary, USA). About the journal: “Fashion Theory takes as its starting point a…

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…

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…