Culture and Catwalk Crisis. A Journalistic Exploration into the Effects the Fashion Industry has within Contemporary Culture
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This journalism portfolio intends to explore the ways in which the fashion industry has an active role within today’s society and the developments it constructs. Through each chapter there has been considerable attention in adopting the style and tone of the various selected journalistic publications. The chosen articles are accessible to varied audiences with the intent to demonstrate the effects fashion contributes to society. Chapter One: Feature Article: ‘Caught Dead in it – Female Corpses and Sexual Objectification. The Hottest New Fashion Trend?’ - The Guardian Online. This article intends to address the issues surrounding the objectification and exploitation concerning the female body within fashion advertising and to highlight it as an area of growing concern. Chapter Two: Feature Article: ‘Demystifying Eating Disorders – The Hidden Battle’ – Cosmopolitan. This article discusses the implications that the fashion industry is contributing to the reoccurring self-esteem issues of consumers through the industries unachievable beauty standards which may lead to long-term effect on reader’s mental and physical wellbeing apparent in eating disorders. There is also special attention to consider underrepresented groups such as men due to the alarming rise in eating disorders which can often be disregarded. Chapter Three: Feature Article: ‘Haute Tech: Fashion Goes Technical – The Ultimate Expression of Haute Couture?’ - Stella, Telegraph supplement. The aim of this article is to gain an insight into the increasing development of combining fashion with technology. This includes how technology is enhancing and revolutionising fashion garments and also the way in which customers are now able to consume fashion enabling an innovative experience. Reflection: Within the critical reflection there is thorough analysis concerning the experience of this creative practical process. This reflection includes consideration to the journalistic voice, publication, research and planning in understanding the role of the journalist in relationship to specific publications. It is also important to address vital elements regarding the implications of journalism ethics throughout this writing process. Finally, this reflection will be largely aided with reference to Wynford Hicks, Sharon Wheeler and Chris Frost.
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