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Asia’s unwanted Muslims

Denied citizenship in Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have been streaming out of the country to seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. Yet, the future of Asia’s unwanted Muslims, and, consequently, of the…

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Militant feminine: vanguards of style

In 2012 Moschino launched its collection of military chic womenswear in Milan. In mostly black and white with touches of “girly pink,” the brand’s final statement on war seemed to…

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Cheekbones: A brief history

Until about a century ago women, depicted in painting and other visual media, had cheeks, but, you’ll  notice, not cheek bones. There’s rouge and skin, but the cheekbones aren’t a…

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Fashion, Islam, and the politics of identity

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances,” wrote playwright Oscar Wilde. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” Appearances are as…

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Organic futurism: aesthetics and technique out of nature

It was a couple of decades ago when I first came across the work of Koji Tatsuno. The work of Tatsuno, a relatively unknown and self-taught Japanese fashion designer, was…

US Army exploring meditation and yoga

In Trevor Legett’s excellent Zen and the Ways, he reproduces an ink painting of a tiger washing himself at the bottom of a waterfall that is crashing down onto his back….

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Vampire fashion lives on

A sudden outburst of fascination with vampires – vampire movies, vampire TV shows, etc. – seems to come back around every ten years. But Goth – the fashion influenced by…

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Fashion and the making of the global consumer

“There’s a lot of discussion right now in fashion not about the US consumer, but about the global consumer,” remarked Sally Singer — editor-in-chief of T, the New York Times style magazine — on…

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Is Shia Islam under attack?

Shiism, the largest Islamic denomination after Sunni Islam, has long been forced to take a second class position in Sunni states such as Saudi Arabia and secular, communist-inspired regimes, such…