Month: May 2013

(Follow Up) Dress: “Asking For It?”

 When my boyfriend referred to me this article, I certainly recalled my previous post about self-defense in relation to clothing. Thus, this is basically a continuation on how women have the right to stand up and defend themselves.  This amazing young Indonesian boy, named Hibar Syahrul Gafur (who’s the same age as my 9th grader brother), has invented an ‘anti-harassment’ shoe. It works like a mosquito racket/zapper: so, any contact with the metal plates will result in a shock of 450 volts. It’s enough to fend off the attacker and paralyze them for a whole two minutes. Hibar has been awarded a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Young Inventors in Malaysia. It really gives me hope when the youth devises incentives for support of human rights. I’m proud for this kid, and I am still quite speechless that a 14 year old boy has manifested his concern into a wearable product for potential mass use. You would expect (at this time) for a young high school student to focus on getting good grades on their …

Dress: “Asking for it?”

This is a shout out to all my girl friends, who have constantly been scrutinized about how they’re dressed on a night out, or even go out to the supermarket or show up to school. Because what our society has established is this: a minidress is an open invitation for molestation. A low-cut tank top a ticket to ride. Any item revealing the flesh other than the arms and legs allows others to behave like uncivilized creatures of wanton desires towards the wearer. This is what was conceived at the incident at Clarke Quay just last week, when a female foreign exchanged student was molested by a white man. I knew about it from my classmate, who shared on Facebook a response article. What was more disturbing than the news itself were the countless, bigoted responses from Singaporeans and even expatriates alike. Being a foreign student myself, it’s alarming and distressing to clearly see the reflected attitudes of the very people who surround me. And potentially would be there if I were to go clubbing at Clarke. Yes, …

Fashion: Documentaries Playlist

Last week, I set up a playlist for my classmates to indulge in, in case they ever find themselves with nothing to do during this three-month holiday. Here are my top picks, judging from their content, the subjects (people), and how well it’s filmed. I’ll definitely be updating the picks, since I myself am continuing to watch as many as I can. 1. McQueen and I — (full) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNK2mKT8n9o Beautifully documented, with insightful perspectives from writers Plum Sykes and Suzy Menkes, personal relations from McQueen’s brother, mother, boyfriends, former employers amongst others. Another doco of this type I recommend is the Saga John Galliano, which documents his beautiful Couture creations for Dior and from days before. All the Galliano/Dior ones are good. 2. The Secret World of Haute Couture — (full) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqkgo6fV8q8 Bourgeoisie, super rich clientele that can actually afford stuff that’s not even presented on the Couture collections. Documents how shows are actually conceived from design, to atelier, presentation, order and then marketing (if made possible). It’s a great revelation of the upper echelons of society and how …

The Price of Fashion

It’s no longer news that a big fast-fashion brand gets convicted of unethical practices. In the past, the controversy that has spurred between a brand and the general public has been about offenses regarding racial discrimination among, pro-anorexia messages, general insensitivity (of all which had been implicated on Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Hope they’ve learned their lessons). Copyrights, which are more tricky due to the nature of fast-fashion and knock-offs, have also risen as an issue, fueled by technologically advancing production methods. I would now expect to see the Andy Warhol-stamped dresses from Christian Dior from last March being sold at Bugis Street or Far East Plaza around next month. But now, (thankfully), light has been shed on the issue of ethical treatment of the workforce. This means the conditions of working factories, sweatshops, their pay, their hours, including fringe benefits: pension, life and health insurance. The Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed 800, and has definitely increased the pressure on clothing firms. But, it’s likely that a majority of us, especially …