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  • The Girdle-Inspired History of the Very First Spacesuits
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are known for many things; being fashion plates isn’t one of them. When the Apollo 11 astronauts made their giant leap for mankind in 1969, however, they were wearing a type of “space couture” that shared a history with what was essentially the Spanx of the time.

  • What Will We Wear on Mars?
  • Elon Musk and President Trump are both determined to send humans to Mars. But do we have the spacesuits to get us there?

  • The Story Behind ‘Wild Wild Country’s’ Red Rajneeshee Outfits
  • The most striking thing about Wild Wild Country, a six-part documentary on a religious community in 1980s Oregon, isn’t the fact that Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh’s followers were largely forgotten by American history. Nor is it the animalistic ferocity of the cultists, who resorted to mass poisoning and attempted murder to achieve their nebulous means. It’s the fashion.

  • Why Is It So Hard for Clothing Manufacturers to Pay a Living Wage?
  • Who is, ultimately, responsible for making sure garment workers earn what they deserve? Is it the brands, the consumers, the factory owners, or the governments whose countries have become flashpoints in discussions about financial inequality, human rights, and consumerism?

  • If HSN and QVC Merge, Will It Save TV Shopping?
  • The world of home shopping can feel like a relic from a bygone era, a place for faded celebrities, reality-show stars, and overexuberant pitchwomen. But television commerce isn’t going the way of the mail-order catalogue, at least not without a fight.

  • Fast Fashion’s Surprising Origins
  • The so-called “democratization of fashion” is neither a recent phenomena nor the paean to unbridled consumption we perceive it to be today. Its surprising roots lie in wartime Britain, which by early 1942, was in the grips of austerity.


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