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The Secret World of Fast Fashion

From 1960s Korea, through Brazil, to today’s Los Angeles: Inside the world that brought you Forever 21—and those skinny jeans in your closet.

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Is Women’s Underwear a Form of Cultural Capital?

A researcher offers some lofty theories about some pretty basic observations.

 

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Looking Back at Fashion’s Queer History

Paul Hiebert talks with the Valerie Steele, co-curator of A Queer History of Fashion, about the new exhibit.

 

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Taking Gender Out of Fashion

What it means to wear clothing that’s not meant for you.

 

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Why Do Men Wear Shorts?

Related: Why does everybody seem to care?

 

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Is It Wrong to Comment on the Appearance of Professional Women?

President Nixon got himself into a bit of hot water when he commented on Helen Thomas’ slacks. But 40 years later we’re still making the same mistakes.

 

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How Evolution Explains High-Heeled Shoes

New research suggests wearing heels forces women to walk in a way that exaggerates their femininity.

 

Why Must Men Wear Pants?

 

Researchers Tackle the ‘Hipster’ Phenomenon

Researchers tap the indie marketplace to learn more about hipsters, who don’t think of themselves as hipsters despite their obvious hipsterness.

 

The Veil Becomes a Fashion Statement

The politics swirling around the cultural attire associated with Islam may cover up an obvious rationale — it’s currently fashionable in some circles.

 

Memorable Stories of 2008

A host of meaningful stories from Miller-McCune.com’s first full year on the Web.

 

How Climate Change Will Affect What We Wear

While scientists monitor how our clothing affects the climate, trend-watchers are more interested in the reverse: how climate change is beginning to alter our apparel. Bamboo underwear, anyone?

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The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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