Beauty isn’t universal

What does a beautiful woman look like? It depends on your cultural conditioning.

Esther Honig, Journalist, blogger and an extraordinarily brave person, sent her photo (the unlabelled photo below) to nearly 40 freelancers from 25 countries with a simple brief: “make me beautiful”.

The images she got back say a lot more about the designers than the do about Esther – it’s fascinating to see how many of the artists chose to change her skin colour, put makeup on her, fade out the contours to her face , put jewellery on her while continuing to show her without clothes and, in the case of the US designer, change the entire shape of her face. Which is a perfect example of the way that the collection as a whole also tell an extraordinary story about cultural norms of beauty.

Esther’s write-up and full collection of the photos are at http://www.estherhonig.com/#!before–after-/cvkn

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Augmented reality meets fashion

This has potential for narrowing down a range of clothes in-store before trying things on, as well as for testing the overall effect of outfits. Exciting to consider as the future of fashion. I expect the forward-thinking fashion companies around the world (e.g. Australia’s Birdsnest) are sizing this up with interest.

Augmented reality meets fashion