Can New Fashion Truly Be Ethical?

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It’s been an issue I’ve slowly but surely been coming to terms with, but simultaneously been pretty fucking confused by. Can we enjoy fashion and buy clothes without contributing to the labyrinthian structure of exploitation in the clothing industry? Is it possible to buy clothes that don’t harm anyone in their making?

Two years ago today, 1,133 people died and 2,500 were injured following the collapse of the Rana Plaza commercial complex in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Despite recommendations from the day before, advising the building’s bosses to have an expert examination into cracks that had been lamenting on the factory’s walls, the staff were ordered to work. By midday the building collapsed with thousands inside. The DNA of 135 victims has still not been found.

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Diet Pills & Beach Bodies: The Danger of Obsession

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The quest for the perfect body isn’t a modern idea. For centuries women have experienced pressure to maintain an admirable figure – from whalebone corsets designed to accentuate an hourglass silhouette in the Victorian era, to clinched in waists in the 50s. Bodily pressures have travelled with us through time, and we seem to be more obsessed now than ever.

On April 12th, 21 year old Eloise Aimee Parry died after taking more than the recommended dose of her slimming pills, which actually contained industrial chemical dinitrophenol (DNP), which is used in pesticides and unsafe for human consumption. Coroners said as she died, she ‘burned from the inside’.

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Meet Charlie Craggs: The Activist Revolutionising Transphobia

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Every 29 hours a trans person is murdered. Only two weeks ago Mexican transgender escort Vanessa Santillan was tragically murdered by strangulation in a flat in Fulham. It’s estimated that from more than 1.6 million homeless youth, 20-40% are trans. What is even more worrying is 41% of trans people are reported to have attempted suicide according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey – and some gut-wrenchingly succeed.

Because of rampant discrimination against transgender adults and youth, dealing with day-to-day life can be a struggle in itself, leading to many trans people experiencing unbearable insults, unfair treatment and, as we have seen, worse.

Nothing is solved without action, however, as Charlie Craggs, a trans activist will tell you. The creative director and self-proclaimed council-estate girl has seen her fair share of unlawful bullying and hate, but, under a firm assurance transphobia can be eradicated, through getting on with it and fighting for change.

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Thousands take to London’s streets in UN anti-racism protest

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Dazed joins the protesters trying to stamp out British hate in the face of rising prejudice

Photography by: Stephanie Wilson

Photography by: Stephanie Wilson

You’d have to be pretty much blind not to see that discrimination is on the rise in the UK. With anti-Muslim hate crime rising 65 per cent in London alone and a tenfold increase in attacks on Polish people in the UK, it’s clear that xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia is alive and well in today’s Britain. This Saturday, thousands of protesters took a stand against hate in London to mark UN Anti-Racism Day.

The demonstration, organised by several groups including London Black Revs, Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism, saw a huge turnout of people from all backgrounds, religions and races. Protesters arrived in unison, having marched from Portland Place, chanting, “Shut it down! No human is illegal!” as they waved banners reading “stand up to racism and fascism”, “#BlackLivesMatter”, “austerity breeds fascism” and more.

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Cory Arcangel on losing himself to the Internet

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The lowbrow king manifests Miley Cyrus and Kelly Clarkson as his digital and pop cultural obsessions go into overdrive

"Awkward Smiles / Lakes", 2013 1920x1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables Photography Sacha Maric © Cory Arcangel Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

“Awkward Smiles / Lakes”, 2013 1920×1080 H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 looped digital file (from lossless Quicktime Animation master), media player, 70” flatscreen, armature, various cables
Photography Sacha Maric © Cory Arcangel Courtesy of Lisson Gallery

Cory Arcangel was a self-confessed computer-nerd as a young boy. Fast forward a few decades and not much has changed, as his significant body of work – where the New York-native toys with the digital and pop cultural world in a way that few others do – will show. A firm Dazed favourite and one of the most influential artists of the New Media Generation, his work covers all aspects of the digital – from manipulating Nintendo games in Super Mario Clouds (2002-), to producing artworks from pool noodles in his “Screen-Agers, Tall Boys, and Whales” (2011-2015) series. Investigating the relationships of technology and culture, Arcangel signifies old, lost and forgotten media that he takes out of the real world and gives a valuable platform in the abstract. “One of the great things about being an artist is you’re given the opportunity to take things out of real life and put it into a place where people might consider it in 20 years, otherwise people will forget”, the digital-lover tells us over Skype.

Having been exhibited in major galleries all around the world, including New York, where Arcangel is from and based, his next showcase will be in Bergamo, marking his first major solo exhibition in Italy. This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous (yep, Miley Cyrus lyrics) takes place in Italy’s oldest municipal building, contrasting heavily with his ultra-contemporary installations – you’ll understand Cory’s fierce passion for the digital world just by hearing the entire gallery space is going to be covered in a custom-made carpet in a colour-gradient spectrum from the artist’s Photoshop Gradient Demonstration series. All of the combined works from the trans-medial artist in the show will give an almost full biographic of Arcangel’s creative language from the last 15 years. We caught up with Arcangel ahead of him jumping on a plane to Italy.

Read the full interview on Dazed here.

Fat White Family: “The medium of rock’n’roll has been hijacked by careerist scumbags”

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One of the most topical, spoken-about young rock ‘n’ roll bands of the moment, Fat White Family‘s media portrayal is akin to a Trainspotting scag-head bunch of anarchic unsavoury lads. Sean Lennon,who helped co-produce the long-awaited second album, described them as “chaotic and out of control”, comparing their “extreme personalities” to that of the Wu Tang Clan.

It’s indubitable that they have rebellious tendencies  – one gig saw them throwing a pig’s head around the crowd and it is true Lias Saoudi, Fat Whites’ main vocals, did once shit during a gig and often resorts to G.G. Allen-style nudity. But this comes with their onstage executions – the deranged, sweating and topless Lias throwing himself around the stage later is far away from the calm and cordial singer in person.

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Photography by: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Photography by: Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Starting Fresh: The 405 meets Mikal Cronin

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Multi-musical and genre-hopping Mikal Cronin‘s self-titled debut was a hit amongst pop-rockers and rockers alike, and after releasing the follow-up, MCII, it seemed the logic behind the titles were fitting. Now with only two months until the release of his third (it’s out May 4th on Merge), logically titled MCIII, it seems there is more than meets the eye for the third instalment.

He based the format for this LP on Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, something he said resonated with him – one side pop songs and the other, darker, melancholic melodies about death. “I really connected with that record, and liked that it allows you to listen in a few different kinds of ways. So I went with a similar outline,” Mikal told us, noting the structure of his album.

Read the interview here.

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Jumping Through Dimensions With Killer Creative, Penny Mills

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When gazing at a gorgeous fashion editorial or a suave ad campaign, you’re likely to consider who took the photos or who did the styling, but rarely do we speak about the set-designers of said campaigns, no matter how extravagant or impressive.

One such creative that you should get to know is the multitalented Penny Mills. Despite starting off in the costume department, her skills cover a vast array of creative fields. Working in both art, directing and her main focus, set design – she produces otherworldly creations for an impressive roster of clients.

Indie magazine editorial ‘Toy Story’ Photography: Zoe McConnell

Indie magazine editorial ‘Toy Story’
Photography: Zoe McConnell

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Her Dreams Dictate Her Reality: Soko

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Photography: Alice Baxley

Photography: Alice Baxley

When Stéphanie Sokolinski, aka Soko, left school at 16 and moved to Paris to pursue acting, I doubt she would’ve predicted her career turning out that way it has. Now one of France’s finest dream-pop provocateurs, Soko has sold out gigs all over Europe, been in the Billboard top ten, and ‘We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow’ – from her 2012 debut – was featured in the viral ‘First Kiss’ video. It’s not just music either. She’s set to star in four feature films this year, including the lead in Nina Ljeti’s Things You Missed While You Were Gone, the director of Soko’s music video for ‘Ocean of Tears’.

Soko hasn’t always had the easiest time though – frequent panic attacks and industry worries led to a musical hiatus in 2009, however, coming to accept her demons, Soko spent the last year putting her thoughts down on paper for her second album, My Dreams Dictate My Reality. Admitting the album is focussed on accepting these inner demons, dreams, fear of death and her childhood, she agrees that since the arrival of her first album she feels lighter and happier as a person. “I’m still completely scared of growing up and still have a major fear of commitment. But I’m more in tune with who I am I guess,” she contemplates.

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Interview with Charli XCX

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Photography: Bella Howard

Photography: Bella Howard

She wrote and featured on Icona Pop’s double-platinum certified ‘I Love It’, blew 2014 apart with Clueless wet dream ‘Fancy’ (receiving two Grammy Award nominations in the process) and is now assisting the legendary Gwen Stefani in writing for her next release, but Britain-born Charli XCX is a bona fide candy-coloured success in her own right too.

Despite being crowned Billboard’s ‘Hitmaker of the Year’, and having pop hit ‘Boom Clap’ in the heartbreaking Motion Picture The Fault in Our Stars, she doesn’t do it for the rankings. “Chart positions and awards and stuff like that are all added bonuses but not something I strive for,” the singer says.

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