Acid attack photo shoot gets India's attention

Sep 4, 2014

Acid attack photo shoot gets India's attention

A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because ...

Aug 22, 2014

New fashion trends look to squeeze out skinny pants

by Selina Wang

It shouldn’t be hard to kill skinny jeans. After all, women love and loathe them in equal measure. Three years ago, clothing merchants tried to snuff out the trend with flares. Now, chains — from mass market Gap Inc. to luxury-leaning Bloomingdale’s — are ...

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

Aug 21, 2014

Ballet's dance with the avant-garde

by Mio Yamada

On May 29, 1913, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris witnessed what has become a tale of artistic scandal re-told and exaggerated to almost mythic proportions. It is said that just seconds after the stage curtain was raised, the Ballet Russes’ performance of Igor ...

Zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans

Jul 23, 2014

Zoo makes wild fashion statement with lion-ripped jeans

Kamine Zoo in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, has taken the catwalk to a new level, using some of its fiercest inhabitants to rip and claw jeans to a fashionably distressed look. The result: “Zoo Jeans” styled by the fangs and claws of lions, tigers and ...

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

Jul 19, 2014

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

by Elliott Samuels

“Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential” was first published in 2010, offering readers a rare insight into a growing global fascination with the image of the Japanese schoolgirl. This revised edition features eight new sections that focus on developments on the subject, including an analysis of the ...

Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Jul 11, 2014

Eileen Ford, founder of Ford Model Agency, dies

Modeling agency founder Eileen Ford, who shaped a generation’s standards of beauty as she built an empire and launched the careers of Candice Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, has died. She was 92 and died Wednesday, said Arielle Baran, a spokeswoman ...

Fashion experts weigh in on World Cup jersey style

Jun 16, 2014

Fashion experts weigh in on World Cup jersey style

by Janie Mccauley

The World Cup uniforms provide a carnival of color and fashion, from Brazil’s bright yellow jerseys to the Netherlands’ classic orange to Croatia’s red checkered home kit and the superhero-inspired looks of Mexico. The tournament this year, which opened last Thursday with Brazil beating ...

'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume'

Jun 11, 2014

'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Russian ballet group Ballets Russes, founded by renown impresario and art critic Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was not an ordinary troupe. It collaborated with many young individuals from various disciplines, including artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, composer Igor Stravinsky and designer Coco ...