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Melissa Stetten in Santa Barbara, California. Photo by James Gunn

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Design and fashion
Hot girl #2

Because I’m getting older, my days as a model are numbered – and I’m not sure what to do next

Melissa Stetten

Lauren Bowker and her studio THE UNSEEN have come up with a revolutionary fabric that changes color with the wind. Photo courtesy The Unseen/Jonny Lee Photography

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Design and fashion
Losing the thread

Older than bronze and as new as nanowires, textiles are technology — and they have remade our world time and again

Virginia Postrel

A Sonia Rykiel dress detail from Paris Fashion Week, Fall/Winter 2016/2017. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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Design and fashion
What do clothes say?

Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down?

Shahidha Bari

Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway during the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty

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Anthropology
Is nothing sacred?

Every culture looks for creative inspiration to other cultures, but is there a point when this is just outright theft?

Nabeelah Jaffer

Google employee Andrea Janus at the mini-putt green on the balcony at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012. Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters

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Architecture
Tech aesthetics

Twitter has log cabins and Facebook has graffiti — what do the offices of tech giants tell us about the future of work?

Kate Losse

Photo courtesy fabrikbrands.com

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Design and fashion
The universal design ideal

At every turn, the design of our environments either creates barriers or opens doors. Let’s design a more humane world

Anna Leahy

Turquoise; a bridging colour. Photo by Roberto Ligresti/Gallery Stock

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Design and fashion
A theory of style

We can analyse how fashion works by breaking it down into networks of style elements. What role, then, for human creativity?

Frédéric Godart & Charles Galunic