High audience: fashion podcasts for fashion education

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Here, we browse the most captivating fashion podcasts on our style radar. From dazzling anecdotes about the luxury world of the 90s to in-depth analysis of the fashion business, tune in and feel your sense of style soar.

Dior common thread

In the opening episode of Dior’s latest podcast series “Common Thread,” host Ed Tang describes the first art-filled library from the London home of male art director Kim Jones. The image acts as a symbol of the collector-driven mind of the house’s latest hearing offering, which examines the collaborative spirit of Jones’ design approach, which since joining Dior has brought it to life. seen partnering with artists such as Kaws, Hajime Sorayama, Daniel Arsham, Amoako Boafo and Peter Doig. Jones compares his approach to the brand’s founder, who was a gallery owner and curator for 15 years, a period longer than his career as a fashion designer. “He was aware of the culture as well as the couture,” he says in the opening episode, which focuses on Jones’ creative approach. The second episode of Dior features an interview with Kaws, the multidisciplinary artist with whom Jones collaborated on his first S / S 2019 show, described by Jones as “the artist of our time.”

Chanel connects

What will creativity look like in the future? This is a question the design industry has been pondering for a year, as in the aftermath of Covid-19, museums have closed, fashion shows have slowed down, and fairs, storefronts and opening events have closed. are all arrested. Chanel’s latest podcast, ‘Chanel Connects’, presents a series of discussions between friends and collaborators of the French house, on the cultural frontiers of the future. Our flagship episodes include “Imagining New Worlds,” a dialogue between Pharrell Williams and artist and set designer Es Devlin, focusing on the evolution of technology and self-expression through generations, and the need to elevate black entrepreneurs, chaired by Chanels’ global arts manager. and culture, Yana Peel. Plus “Seeing the Unseen”, a conversation between artist Arthur Jafa and painter Jennifer Packer, unpacking the meaning of “success” and the different socio-political interpretations of art forms, led by Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

In VOGUE: The 90s

Hosted by Hamish Bowles, International Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, this emotional and anecdotal series spans one of the most influential and referenced decades in fashion, which has seen the rise of modeling, the birth of grunge, the emergence of the ‘It bag’ and the rise of queer culture. The podcast offers incredible access to interviews from a multitude of fashion designers, including Miuccia Prada, John Galliano and Tom Ford, who were integral players in the ’90s fashion scene – the first transforming the house of his family’s leather goods into a luxury juggernaut with the invention of a nylon bag, and the latter led Gucci into an era of luxuriously alluring style. Other highlights include episodes devoted to the Americana aesthetic, the rise of creative director superstar to the Karl Lagerfeld and the birth of downtown New York. Beware of a comedic treat from Tom Ford, explaining his last minute need to shave a male model’s lower regions, before strutting the catwalk in thong at the 1996 Gucci A / W show.

So … what are you doing again?

Naomi Elizee, editor-in-chief of U.S. Market Vogue, uses her podcast as an uplifting hearing resource for men and women looking to break into the fashion industry, through in-depth interviews with women of color working in the fashion industry. luxury world today. The podcast is currently on hiatus, but dive into its 2020 and 2019 archives for a series of conversations, including interviews on inclusion, identity and cultural evolution, with Banna Nega & Shelby Macklin, founders of the multidisciplinary studio. dissecting black history through fashion, film and music; and Chiomi Nnadi, editor-in-chief of vogue.com. The most recent episode of the podcast stars model, actress and writer Precious Lee, who featured on the feather cover in the April issue of British Vogue. She talks about breaking into the fashion industry, her early career aspirations in law, and her undying affinity with animal prints, gold jewelry, and the “fire fashion” that is Versace.

Dressed: the history of fashion

The history of the paper boss industry, the visual legacy of protest clothing, cycling etiquette, the history of black dandyism … a surprisingly encyclopedic range of sartorial topics is explored in this podcast. Organized by April Calahan, Special Collections Associate and Curator of Manuscript Collections at New York Fashion Institute of Technology, and Cassidy Zachary, Fashion Historian and Costume Designer, Dressed: the history of fashion is based on the founding principle that everyone on the planet dresses, so it is essential to address the “who, what, when and why we wear”. An essential hearing for fashion historians, theorists, or just the freak, there is a wide range of episodes to choose from, dating back to the podcast’s launch, that don’t just delve into the heritage of the luxury industry. , but present a list of renowned actors. the interviewees too. Tune in for conversations with fashion and textiles curator Petra Slinkard, senior street style blog Advanced styles Ari Seth Cohen and Not your mom’s story founder Cheyney McKnight, specialist in programming around the experience of African-American slavery.

Dirty laundry

Supply chains, green fabrics, transparent production, fast fashion, carbon footprint: there is a plethora of buzzwords, classifications and terms to unbox when it comes to the world of sustainable fashion. Finding the best approach to a more eco-friendly fashion life is often confusing and complicated. Luckily, there is a plethora of podcasts working to unravel the world of sustainability, including Dirty Laundry. Hosted by Irish broadcaster and DJ 2FM Tara Stewart, the series, which first launched in October 2019, features a series of interviews with industry experts to help readers understand how to shop live and enjoy style with a clearer awareness. Tune in to conversations with model, body positivity and mental health advocate Nyome Nicholas-Williams, founder of slow and sustainable fashion brand W ARE KIN, Ngoni Chikwenengere and Edinburgh-based entrepreneur Cally Russell , founder of Lost Stock, an initiative helping fashion workers and factories in Bangladesh affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The cutting room floor

Designer and consultant Recho Omondi describes her podcast founded in 2018 The Cutting Room Floor as “the only fashion show”. Now entering its third season, the Omondi show offers a unique and in-depth look into the inner workings of the luxury world, from unboxing corporate terms and phrases to interviewing behemoths of the industry behind the scenes. Think commercial photography industry analyzes, a glimpse into the afterlife of clothing, and candid insider interviews including menswear designer Martine Rose, denim specialist Tiia Richardson and writer Lynette Nylander, recently appointed new Executive Editorial Director of Stunned. Tune in to the most recent episodes of the podcast, which feature interviews with veteran fashion journalist Terri Agins, who shares her biggest fashion scoop – Marc Jacobs renegotiating his contract for his role as creative director at Louis Vuitton, and licensing specialist Allison Zamora, who guides listeners through the history of fashion brands.

Keeping to himself

Named after the 1964 French New Wave film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Bande à part’ takes the form of a weekly 30-minute phone call between two leading fashion academics: Rebecca Arnold, who teaches at the Courtauld Institute of Art (and has as a prolific Instagram account) and Beatrice Behlen, curator at the Museum of London. Cinema also plays a recurring role in the duo’s enlightening catch-ups, which reflect on a variety of cinematic themes, including Picadilly (1929) and Shanghai girl (1937), two films with Anna May Wong, the silent film by Jean Epstein in 1924 The Lion of the Mughals and that of Leigh Wannell The invisible Man (2020). Bande à part analyzes a range of artistic genres, spanning exhibitions and literature, dissects a range of critical industry issues, including race and gender, as well as witty and captivating memories of the week. in question, hands-free sneakers from Nike to the role of Iggy Pop’s Cockatoos in a Gucci ad campaign.


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