Though an influencer in the world of drag, Leigh Bowery was “never interested in simply being a drag queen.” A artist in every sense of the word, Bowery is known for his performance art, modeling, fashion design, and provocative nature. He was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and describes his parents and sister as “ordinary.” In 1980, when he was just 19, he moved to London where his career took off and remained there for the next 14 years until his death in 1994. Bowery’s work and lifestyle was both provocative and controversial. His fashion designs and performance art made a statement about society, body image, and some believe reflected his battle with Aids. “The dot face, for example, was a comment on Kaposi’s sarcoma”, said his friend DJ Princess Julia.
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We all know that being plus size isn’t welcomed with open arms in our society, let alone the fashion industry. As a result, plus size designers and models have taken matters into their own hands by designing their own clothes, and spreading awareness about their work through blogging, and putting on events to showcase their fashion. The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo, or TCF Style Expo, is an event held in Atlanta annually to celebrate plus size bodies in fashion.
Shoes are a major part of an outfit. A pair of shoes can determine if an outfit makes the cut for an event. If there are a particular pair shoes that just have to be worn, but don’t mesh well with the attire, change the outfit not the shoes. Shoes are supreme. Successful shoe designer Stuart Weitzman designs attention-grabbing shoes.
South Korea is getting more credit in the mainstream media as its music, food, and fashion gain popularity. Along with the rise of k-pop and Korean restaurants opening in several major cities, the fashion of South Korea is making an imprint in mainstream cultural norms. The street wear has made its way into prestigious fashion shows like Seoul Fashion Week. The public has the opportunity to get a close up view of some of the greatest fashions to hit the runway thanks to Korean fashion photographer Kyunghun Kim.
New York has always been a major player in fashion for the hip-hop community. From the countless clothing brands birthed from up top, to fashion designers looking to participate in New York Fashion Week as an official stamp of approval, or being shouted out in a song by one of New York’s very own rappers or singers, the city that never sleeps often breathes life into clothing brands.
Lyfestyle is one of the brands that was birthed in NYC, and the world is awakening quickly to the authentic brand.
Maxi skirts, jumpsuits, and the little black dress are just a few main staples of the modern fashion world, especially in America. Along with these, bodycon dresses are a major item among consumers. This type of dress was pioneered by French fashion house Herve Leger.
The late fashion designer Herve Leroux founded Herve Leger in 1985 after working at Fendi and Chanel in the late 70s. The bodycon, or “bandage,” dress came into abundance in 1990 from his own invention. The popularity of these dresses spread quickly, primarily among celebrities, and are still in major demand today. The concept of the dress is to contour the female body, rather than draping it in fabric.
Fashion is one of the simplest ways to introduce yourself. It makes a statement and leaves an impression whether you are wearing bold prints, muted shades, or dazzling jewels. It tells people who you are, or who you want to be.
Actress Gabrielle Union utilized fashion in the same way—to make an introduction. While Union is already a well known celebrity for her numerous acting roles, she recently launched a fashion line with New York & Company called The Gabrielle Union Collection. Centered on everyday looks, Union told BET that she wanted to create something inspired by her “day to day life” and her “actual, real closet.” Union tailored a line around what she likes, what she wears, and what she genuinely uses, thus introducing herself as a designer who creates pieces that anyone can wear.
“Splinters have embedded into your soul by just doing life. And those splinters affect the way you present yourself. We go through life with splinters and not knowing how to move,” explained Jane Evans, Global Senior Pastor of Influencers Church & founder of BU Fashion show, to 1700 guests on June 8 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.
An integral part of most outfits are the accessories used to accent a look. Jewelry has reemerged as an important sector within the fashion industry. It’s no longer all about diamonds, other gemstones are finally getting their chance to shine. A prominent example of this can be found in the work of jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. While some of Neuwirth’s jewelry features diamonds they are rarely the focal point of her pieces. Several of her collections have been comprised of opal, turquoise, emerald, and several other precious or semiprecious stones. Neuwirth has discovered a way to bridge the gap between high and low end fashion through the creation of her luxury jewelry brand.