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Global Mode: HERA

A few weeks ago I was in the audience for “Swedish Innovations & High Street Fashion,” a conference held at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. Combining the academic with the commercial, the topics ranged from “Swedish fashion industry in the 20th century” by Ulrika Berglund, PhD candidate at the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, to “‘It’s not what you do but how …

Global Mode: Secondhand Luxury

Whether watered down by not-so-exclusive brands, discouraged by the government as in China after recent corruption scandals, or suffering from disillusionment among consumers, “luxury” has lost some of its aspirational allure. Quality in material and construction, tradition, and exclusivity are traditional defining characteristics, but luxury has been denigrated to self-pleasure and indulgence, stripped to facsimile expressions of wealth and exclusivity. What it has retained is an association with the new, for better …

Book Review: “Fashion Scandinavia”

We’ve just moved back to Stockholm from Boulder (whose kick-ass rock-climbing, heli-skiing, mountain-biking citizens were once deemed “Worst Dressed but Best Looking Underneath“), and I am appreciating this fashionable European city anew. I listen to the podcast Stil i P1 (wrote about it here), and one of the episodes from early this year focused on what it means to design Swedish fashion. Is it a …

From the Archives: A Safer Ride, Fashionably

The week before I move back to Sweden, I thought I’d repost my very first post for Worn Through on cycling in Sweden, originally published in December 2011. Enjoy, and I’ll be back with a book review in two weeks!   As I write this, it is just after 4 PM. The sun is long gone, the sunset is slipping away right behind it, and …

From The Archive: Digitalt Museum

I’m in Sweden for a little Easter holiday this week, so please enjoy this post from when I lived there and covered that stylish country for Worn Through! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Glad Påsk!   As someone who is always looking out for new resources and constructive ways to use my time, I thought I would pass along …

From the Archive: Objektet och Museet: Fashion on the Radio

This is a post I wrote when I was living in and reporting on fashion and clothing in Sweden (posted July 12, 2012). I’d love to hear from people around the world whose countries have radio programs devoted to fashion. Or is Sweden the only one? Leave comments and questions below!   Radio in Sweden is truly a Thing. Programs are listed in the newspaper …

Objektet och Museet: YOHIO

With his elaborate hairstyles and eighteenth-century-inspired Lolita and glam-rock wardrobe, guitarist and performer YOHIO has become a huge hit in Japan. YOHIO and his Seremedy bandmates, who are based in Sundsvall, Sweden, are often referred to as “visual-kei,” a Japanese music genre known for its emphasis on elaborate visual appearance. The band has recently released an album here in Sweden, and YOHIO caught my eye …

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