The phrase "social-themed fashion" might make you think of such things as hemp, comfortable sandals, slogan T-shirts and rainbow-coloured baby slings. And it's hard not to feel a twinge of faint alarm when high fashion gets all conscientious: the US Vogue Hurricane Sandy editorial from earlier this year leaps to mind.
But James Worthington DeMolet, former creative director at The Block magazine and a stylist for high-end magazines such as GQ and Teen Vogue, wanted do exactly this in his sadly unsuccessfully Kickstarter-funded magazine, J Magazine.
(Incidentally, it was really quite brave to put oneself in the same one-letter titled magazine sphere as Oprah.) Anyway, Worthington DeMolet wanted to explore the theme of "neo-feminism" as his first social theme for the magazine. Faint alarm rising.
The magazine featured "neo-styling tips"; Q&As on feminism with a plus-size model, a dominatrix, a Playboy Playmate and Aubrey Plaza; and a dissection of "feminine" versus "feminist" dressing.
Without having read the magazine, it's difficult to imagine a feature on the difference between femininity and feminism truly smashing the patriarchy (it's really very possible to be a "girly girl" and also a raging, humourless feminist). But the magazine raises the interesting questions about the uneasy relationship between fashion and feminism.
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