Saturday, May 8, 2010

Critical Mass

Robin Givhan // Jeanne Beker

Last night, the HOT DOCS speaker series concluded with guest Robin Givhan*, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic and style writer with The Washington Post, where she covers the news, trends and business of the international fashion industry. Her work, distinguished by the way in which it examines fashion through the lens of popular culture, politics and social anthropology, is well-known for being controversial.

Hum, I must admit that I didn't know her before, but now I understand how and why she is controversial! I think I am turning into a big fan of hers, and have decided to start reading her articles in the Washington Post (the most recent is dated April 14, on U.S first Lady, Michelle Obama and the age of youth).

Robin Givhan had conversation with Toronto's legendary Jeanne of CTV Fashion Television.
The discussion between the two ladies was fecund, and thought-provoking, casting new light on the increasingly popular but deceptively accessible subject that has become Fashion nowadays. Among other controversial subjects was the plus size models. As North America's population gets fatter our models get skinnier on the runways; possibly a symptom of our denial, she said...

* Givhan received the Eugenia Sheppard award for journalism from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and, in 2006, won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism for her fashion coverage. In 2009, she began covering Michelle Obama and the cultural and social shifts stirred by the first African American family in the White House.

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