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How “Future Ready” Are Fashion, Sportswear and Luxury’s Biggest Players?
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How “Future Ready” Are Fashion, Sportswear and Luxury’s Biggest Players?

Rising inflation (and corresponding shifts in consumer spending), enduring supply chain disruptions, market volatility in China due to stringent COVID policies, and mounting unsold inventory are among the issues that retail companies are currently facing, putting them in precarious positions amid fears of recession. Luxury brands are known to generally weather economic downturns better than their mass-market retail counterparts, and those in other industries, but how well...

Código 1530 to Release First Estate Harvest Still Strength Blanco Tequila
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Código 1530 to Release First Estate Harvest Still Strength Blanco Tequila

Código 1530 has just launched a unique Estate Harvest Still Strength Blanco tequila that is undeniably special. The special edition Blanco is considered an Estate Harvest, meaning it is made with only agave that is grown on Código 1530 owned land. In the tequila industry, less than 1% of tequila brands own the entire process from ‘Field...

MOCRA Presents Exhibition of Work by Acclaimed American Artist Lesley Dill
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MOCRA Presents Exhibition of Work by Acclaimed American Artist Lesley Dill

The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) at Saint Louis University presents three new collage-paintings by acclaimed artist Lesley Dill in the exhibition, Lesley Dill: Dream World of the Forest, on display through Oct. 16, 2022. Lesley Dill is an American artist who works at the intersection of language and fine art in sculpture, printmaking, installation, and performance, exploring...

Part of the Japanese Revolution in Fashion, Issey Miyake Changed the Way We Saw, Wore and Made Fashion
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Part of the Japanese Revolution in Fashion, Issey Miyake Changed the Way We Saw, Wore and Made Fashion

Throughout his career, Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, who has died of cancer at 84, rejected terms like “fashion”. But his work allowed much of the world to reimagine itself through clothing. Born in Hiroshima in 1938, Miyake studied graphic design in Tokyo where he was influenced by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the...

Africa Sees Some Artifacts Returned Home but Seeks Far More
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Africa Sees Some Artifacts Returned Home but Seeks Far More

Apollo John Rwamparo speaks forlornly of the eight-legged stool, a symbol of authority for his ancient kingdom in Uganda, now glimpsed through a glass barrier at a museum thousands of miles away in Britain. The wooden stool is permanently exhibited at the University of Oxford, one of at least 279 objects there taken from Bunyoro-Kitara...

100 Years of Pop Music in Nigeria: What Shaped Four Eras
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100 Years of Pop Music in Nigeria: What Shaped Four Eras

The global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the early months of 2020 shut down nearly all physical and social human activities. For musical practice this meant near death. Performing music is, after all, one of the oldest forms of social human engagement. In Nigeria, the shutdown of concerts and public music performances was swift....

New Book Challenges Whiteness: a Review Through the Cover Image
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New Book Challenges Whiteness: a Review Through the Cover Image

The cover of The Routledge Handbook of Critical Studies in Whiteness carries a striking image courtesy of South African artist Norman Catherine. The image was created in 2015 as one of a set of digital prints and, typical of Catherine’s work, contrasts dark and light to present a cynical view of the world informed by...

How On-Screen Representations of Professions Have Changed Over 70 Years
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How On-Screen Representations of Professions Have Changed Over 70 Years

Across 70 years of data on media subtitles for television and film, architecture and engineering are the most positively portrayed professions, whereas sales-related professions fare worst, find the authors of a new study published in PLOS ONE. Probing media depictions of professions can highlight stereotypes or discrimination. It can also underscore trends in career choices:...

Ancient Art Meets AI for Better Materials Design
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Ancient Art Meets AI for Better Materials Design

Ancient Japanese art of kirigami guides artificial intelligence (AI) technique for durable, wearable electronics. Kirigami is the Japanese art of paper cutting. Likely derived from the Chinese art of jiǎnzhǐ, it emerged around the 7th century in Japan, where it was used to decorate temples. Still in practice today, the kirigami artist uses one piece of paper...

5 Facts to Take You Deeper into Botticelli’s “Allegory of Spring”
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5 Facts to Take You Deeper into Botticelli’s “Allegory of Spring”

Sando Botticelli’s Primavera, or Allegory of Spring, painted in the ‎late fifteenth century, is one of the most admired, yet controversial, paintings in the world. A perennial celebration of the most vibrant season, it evokes the spirit of spring through its depictions of figures from classical mythology. Standing in a grove, from left to right, we can see...