Laura McLaws Helms
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Defying Trends: The History of Clogs, In and Out of Fashion

Though often reviled for their ugliness, clogs have hung around the edges of fashion fo...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms July 08, 2019
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Jock Couture: The History of Luxury Athleisure

Starting in the 1970s there was a slow encroachment of [athletic styles into high fashi...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms July 01, 2019 1 Comment
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Disco Dressing, Then and Now

What is the eternal appeal of disco? With a new documentary released on Studio 54 a few...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms May 07, 2019
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The History of the Tabi and Martin Margiela’s Revolt Against Tradition

At Martin Margiela’s genre-defining first collection, the deconstructionist designer sh...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms April 09, 2019
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The Mercurial, Obsessive Life of Karl Lagerfeld

Following his death on February 19th, the media has been aflame with both eulogies and ...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms March 01, 2019
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History of Calvin Klein: Minimalism as Modernity

As the fashion press and industry debate Raf Simons’ departure from Calvin Klein and wh...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms February 13, 2019 1 Comment
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Denim: “Young, Sexy, and Rebellious”

Known for its sturdiness and longevity of wear, denim as a fabric long seemed more suit...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms January 14, 2019
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Twenty Years On: Fashion at the Millennium

On the eve of the millennium, the change to the 2000s was seen to be more than the turn...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms January 09, 2019
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Moschino: Fun is the Message

“Fashion should be fun, and it should send a message. I like to use clothes as billboar...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms November 12, 2018 2 Comments
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Action and Risk: The Intellectual Vision of Hussein Chalayan

The mid-1990s were an exciting time for British fashion as a new crop of fashion studen...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms October 29, 2018 1 Comment
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The Dangerously Seductive Power of Leopard Print

The highly graphic skins of wild animals evolved as a form of camouflage so that they c...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms September 17, 2018
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The Vibrant Inclusivity of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino

The conundrum every designer faces when they take over a venerable, beloved fashion hou...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms August 22, 2018
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The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the House of Poiret

How do you resurrect the past? More so, how do you resurrect the past in a way that is ...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms August 01, 2018 2 Comments
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Glitz & Glamour: Reviving the 80s Through Contemporary Fashion

After decades of being resolutely scorned, ‘80s fashion is back on the runways in an al...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms June 12, 2018 1 Comment
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Fetish As Fashion

Over the last forty years there has been as increasing interweaving of fetish iconograp...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms May 09, 2018 1 Comment
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Ozbek's Odyssey: Fashion's First Cultural Commentator

The high fashion designs of Rifat Ozbek in the 1980s and 1990s reflected his interests ...

By Laura Mc Laws Helms April 04, 2018