Alia Damaihati

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Was 2015 the Year Fashion Finally Figured Out How to Talk About Race?

During an <i>It’s Nice That</i> talk from early 2015, Tim Noakes, editor-in-chief of <i>Dazed</i>, shared a slide that intended to illustrate why publications have …

Documentary "Always in Season" Aims to Shed Light on the Historical Impact of Lynching

#BlackLivesMatter<p><i>Trigger warning: disturbing images and fictionalized depictions of brutality, violence, and death</i><p>Jacqueline Olive is a documentary …

Top Ten Cult Fashion Documentaries

In anticipation of the forthcoming documentary Mademoiselle C, which reveals the candid life of Carine Roitfeld, we chart the underexposed documentaries that have given us access to private codes and rituals of the fashion world. From Leigh Bowery to Don Letts, these are the cult moments that will …

Fashion Week

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago

In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of …

Gillian Armstrong on her Orry-Kelly documentary: friendship, fame and homophobia

My Brilliant Career director’s documentary on the forgotten Oscar-winning costume designer looks back at his triumphs, heartbreaks and famous boyfriend<p>For Gillian Armstrong, making documentaries is like writing detective stories. “You try to find out about this person and then get him right.” Yet …

Costumes

Eight Free Films by Dziga Vertov, Creator of Soviet Avant-Garde Documentaries

Has any filmmaker, of any era, had more influence on documentaries than Dziga Vertov? We know the early 20th-century Soviet cinema theorist and …

Walter Benjamin’s Philosophical Thought Presented by Two Experimental Films

Literary theorist and scholar Walter Benjamin was part of a small but incredibly significant cohort of German-Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis …

How fashion is courting the Muslim pound

With Ramadan set to start next week, it’s not uncommon for supermarket chains to lay out special spreads in the lead-up to the holy month of fasting, briefly converting what was once the “world foods” aisle into a haven of two-for-one bottles of Rubicon and half-price chapatti flour. But …

Marks & Spencer

Secret Cinema: The Empire Strikes Back review - the force is weak with this one

“Do they actually show a film?” was a question posed to me by an understandably confused attendee at this year’s extravagant Secret Cinema performance. It’s a legitimate query, given the near irrelevancy of the actual viewing experience in the latest iterations of these increasingly overblown …

Profit

Rare Footage of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Other Beats Hanging Out in the East Village (1959)

We don’t often think of the Beats as family men, and that’s because the most prominent of them weren’t, except William Burroughs for a time (a tragic …

Lambert & Stamp review – the men who made the Who

The unlikely creative partnership between Oxford-educated Kit Lambert (son of classical composer/conductor Constant Lambert) and Chris Stamp (brother of actor Terence) provided the spark that turned R&B band the High Numbers into rock opera-creating behemoth the Who. This solidly constructed …

Archives

60 Free Film Noir Movies

During the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood entered a “noir” period, producing riveting films based on hard-boiled fiction. These films were set in dark …

Julie Bishop

Hear Theodor Adorno’s Avant-Garde Musical Compositions

Critical theorist and musicologist Theodor Adorno was a contrarian, almost contradictory figure—a committed Marxist thinker who was also a cultural …

Why Au Revoir L’été is the film you should watch this week – video

Koji Fukada's drama Au Revoir L'été is about an 18-year-old student (Fumi Nikaido) who moves to the seaside to live with her aunt after flunking her college exams. There she meets and falls for a young Fukushima refugee who is working in his uncle's hotel. Peter Bradshaw explains why the film, …

Fukushima

Is This Outfit a Relationship Deal-Breaker?

While unconditional love is typically between parents and children (or people and their pets), the conditions involved in your average romantic relationship are often pretty forgiving. Maybe that means accepting the fact that your significant other is horrible at paying bills, enjoys their white …

Street Style

William Blake’s Last Work: Illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy (1827)

Just over a year ago, we featured John Milton's <i>Paradise Lost</i> as illustrated by William Blake, the 18th- and 19th-century English poet, painter, and …

Literature

Making New Year’s Resolutions with Werner Herzog

There were many books I read this year and expected to love—Elena Ferrante’s “The Days of Abandonment,” Karl Ove Knausgaard’s “My Struggle: Book Three”—and I read them and loved them, as expected. But “Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed” took me by surprise. It’s a six-hundred-page book of …

Diaries of Charles Brackett lift curtain on Hollywood's Golden Era

In screenwriter Charles Brackett's diary entry for Aug. 18, 1936, he recalls working for the first time with Billy Wilder, with whom Paramount had paired him to write the comedy "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife."<p>"Worked with Billy Wilder, who paces constantly, has over-extravagant ideas, but is …

Wilder

The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits

Popular fashion designs have been copied throughout history—and a new exhibition reveals the blurred line between stealing an idea and celebratory …

Stone Island: the return of the 90s fashion label

Every brand revival can be charted back to a moment in history, pop cultural or otherwise. With Italian label Stone Island, which is currently fielding a new wave of interest, that moment arguably came with Drake.<p>Last Autumn, Stone Island and Supreme collaborated on a line. Marrying the two labels’ …

Bjarne Melgaard: Brink of Hysteria

Bjarne Melgaard goes wherever his curiosity takes him, taboos and niceties be damned. For the 2014 Whitney Biennial, he contributed a room-size loungepopulated with sex dolls and furnished with sofas alongside sculptures of deranged faces; YouTube videos of fighting bears and dogs flickered on the …

La Dolce Moda

Hard as it is to fathom in this age of Prada, Armani, and Versace, before World War II, Italians, like pretty much everyone else, took their fashion cues from Paris. Wealthy Roman women could afford to buy Diors and Balenciagas fresh from the maisons, while the rest of the country subsisted on …

Modernity Britain: A Shake of the Dice review – how the 60s revolution was a long time starting

David Kynaston’s engaging study shows early 1960s Britain to have been far more reactionary than radical<p>“To Luton falls the honour of knowing it was in on the start of a revolution,” announced the <i>Luton News</i> proudly in October 1959. The new decade was drawing nigh and soon there would be talk of …

Home - Architecture Lab

Latest<p>March 28, 2018<p>Transparent bathrooms and shower designs have been proven to be a simple yet effective way of giving your washroom a trendy and …

Slavoj Žižek: "Most of the idiots I know are academics"

Luke Massey talks to the cultural theorist and ideas machine about Obama, stupidity and his favourite quasi-fascist industrial metal outfit - …

A Janis Joplin film finally shakes the kozmic blues

Hollywood has been trying, fruitlessly, to make a movie about Janis Joplin almost since she let loose that rendition of "Ball and Chain" at Monterey nearly a half-century ago. But Ron Terry, a music-producer-turned-screenwriter who knew and worked with the renegade musician, may have finally …

Music

Hannah Arendt and crimes against humanity

Film is a powerful tool for teaching international criminal law and increasing public awareness and sensitivity about the underlying crimes. Roberta …

Top 50 YouTube and Vimeo Channels for Filmmakers and Cinephiles • Cinephilia & Beyond

There are numerous film-related YouTube and Vimeo channels that hold thousands of high quality material about filmmaking. Whether you’re interested …

Filmmaking

10 (More) Art Therapy Techniques To Help You De-Stress This Holiday Season

The holidays are just around the corner which means family, food and, for many of us, stress on stress. Whether you're dreading those endless conversations with your great aunt Judith or getting anxious over the prospect of this year's New Year's resolutions, may we humbly suggest you let your …

Surreal Photos Explore Why Women Often Wrap Up Their Identity In Their Hair

There is a very complex relationship between a woman and her hair. The protein filaments that sprout from our scalps somehow become emblematic of a woman's identity, as if vital secrets were wrapped in every strand. We spend valuable time and money primping our coiffures as if they had the uncanny …