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Protest on the Ramp: South African Designer Isabelle Lotter Joins #FeesMustFall Movement

Students protest over planned increases in tuition fees in Stellenbosch (Photo Credit: Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

  By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Toronto, Canada Isabelle Lotter of SIESisabelle echoed the cris de coeur from South African students at South Africa Fashion Week.  To the acclaim of the crowd – which ‘stood and erupted in cheers’– at her Johannesburg show, the South African designer joined her voice to the student struggle for lower...

Feature: Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza — And Those Who Create Your Cheap Clothes

Taaniya, 13, has been working for a few years. She was Meem’s friend at the sweatshop and gave the 9-year-old tips, including which sewing operators to avoid. (Courtesy of Raveena Aulakh / The Toronto Star)

  Fashion Crimes: Dispatches from the frontlines of Bangladesh’s cheap fashion revolution   By: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé Ottawa, Canada      *It was exactly 1 year ago today, April 24, 2013, when the world was alerted of the devastating Rana Plaza tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  At the same time, the idea of Fast Fashion,...

Feature: ‘Veiled’ Threat – Montreal, Canada’s Hijabistas Speak Out

Montreal Protesters against Quebec's Charter of Values Photography courtesy of cbc.ca/Ryan Remiorz/CP

          The  Quebec Charter of  Values and their battle against the hijab. Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé By: Ottawa, Canada     A storm is brewing in Montreal, Canada’s most fashionable city.   The provincial state, which famously stayed out of the bedrooms of the nation in 1967, has instead elected to...