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When textile-arts student Elena Kanagy-Loux decided she wanted to learn how to make lace, she ran into a problem. The only classes she could find were in New Jersey—a two-hour trip from her home in Brooklyn—or way upstate in Ithaca, NY, a distance twice as far. So she took the next logical step—she traveled to Idrija, a tiny town in Slovenia known for its lace making, to study with the masters. “This was back in 2011,” the 31-year-old explains, “and that was the only place...
We all know that today’s “fast fashion,” the trendy clothing mass-produced in sometimes unsavory working conditions, can negatively impact the people who make it and the planet. Shopping at vintage boutiques instead of hitting the mall checks the “good” box for this reason and lots of others. For instance, investing in well-made vintage clothing instead of cheap new pieces likely saves money in the long run, because “quality construction was a way of life pre-1980s,” says Doris Raymond, the historical clothing expert behind The Way...
Meet Elizabeth Hawes, the 20th century fashion designer every feminist needs to know. Fashions come and fashions go, but if there is one trend that has recently ruled the runways, it has been fashion’s love for all things feminist. Cue a collective sigh of relief. Where there were once pussy hats on the streets, there are now also labia dresses on the runway (and labia pants in Janelle Monae's "PYNK" music video). Simply look no further than Namilia’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection and Thom Browne’s recent inclusion...
  Gabi Gregg, aka GabiFresh, fashion blogger and co-founder of Premme with Nicolette Mason, has been redefining the boundaries of plus-size fashion for years. With her latest collaboration with Swimsuitsforall, GabiFresh has assembled nine newcomers to modeling. Each woman represents a different size, but they all exude confidence, happiness, and beauty. The ten-piece swimwear collection comes in a variety of styles and colors, ranging from a subtle palm leaf print one-piece to a neon yellow mesh bikini, which means that there is something for everyone. Sizes range...
There is a meme making the rounds at the moment. It reads, "The future is female and it doesn't have time for styling products," and it's accompanied by four photos of shaven-headed women: three fictional characters from Black Panther, Mad Max, and Stranger Things, and activist Emma González.The meme, which seemingly originated from a tweet by Vanity Fair's Joanna Robinson, reminds us how political our hair can be.Hair being a political issue is nothing new. From the liberated women of the '20s chopping their hair short, to '80s punks...
The 1830s was another transformative decade in 19th century fashion. Like the 1820s, it was a span of years which stood between the Regency era (1811-1820) and the Victorian era (1837-1901), providing a bridge from the often extreme, gigot-sleeved confections of the 1820s to the tight-sleeved, form-fitting bodices of the 1840s. The 1830s was also the decade in which the pendulum of fashion swung from large, ornate sleeves to large skirts embellished with various pleats and trimmings.  Or, as fashion historian C. Willett Cunnington describes it,...
When in search of that perfect swimsuit, whether aimlessly scrolling through your feed or on a serious Interweb-hunt, this question may pop into your head: “But how would I look in that?” Because of the body images society has carved out for us, we can often feel discouraged from browsing through the intimates section, especially if we don’t identify with the (often photoshopped) bodies featured. But thanks to companies rebranding their campaigns, these societal standards are being reshaped for everybody and every body. “It’s our goal to...
Universal Standard (UniversalStandard.com) has become a favorite brand for many plus-size fashionistas, and for good reason. The online retailer offers chic, well-made pieces in sizes 10 to 28, with prices ranging from $40 to $350. Photo courtesy of Universal Standard. And their new program, Universal Fit Liberty, will only strengthen their fanbase. Universal Standard knows that weight fluctuations are totally normal, and that size changes can create an emotional and financial burden. Photo courtesy of Universal Standard. Now, if you go up or down a size or two (or...
  Most of us dressed up as a beloved Disney character at least once in our childhoods, and some of us have carried our love for our favorite Disney movies well into adulthood. Now, we can channel that love without digging that way-too-small Cinderella dress out of our parents’ attic or buying a tacky “Sexy Ariel” costume. It’s all thanks to a phenomenon called DisneyBounding.Simply explained, DisneyBounding is the creative use of fashion when visiting Disney attractions in an effort to pay tribute to Disney characters...
In every issue of BUST's print magazine, we bring you Stephanie J's "Good Stuff" shopping picks. From our February/March 2018 issue, shop these ten brightly colored spring items to show your "true colors."   A dress with pockets—need we say more? Color Block Jumper Dress, $69, twostringjane.etsy.com   Meet the sun with a cool cat eye. The Wild Gift Sunglasses, $58, crapeyewear.com See the future in blue and silver with this pleasing piece. Eye Pyramid Print, $30, thegreatlakesgoods.com   Hand-crafted in Colombia, this is tote-ally artisanal. Paul PW Bag, $272.38, noralozza.com Be...