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November 21, 2017
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Since the early 1970s, Marina Abramović has been shocking unsuspecting crowds while performing particularly sensational and "hardcore" acts in public. Julie Rubinger uncovers the uncanny similarities between the performance art of Abramović and everyday fashion on the street.

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Julie Rubinger

Toronto Canada

Raised in a home where fashion appreciation was considered a fundamental principle, from a young age Julie Rubinger understood fashion possessed great value. Regardless of what she did, an analysis of fashion permeated throughout her thoughts. However, this was not your average analysis, but rather one routed from a psychological viewpoint. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg, Julie completed her Master of Arts in Communication and Design at Ryerson University. Julie's masters' research focused on the anxiety women face when dressing for the professional workplace. In addition to her education, Julie has professional experience styling, buying and writing. With an appetite for fashion intelligence, Julie provides the study of fashion with the validation it deserves. You can find more of Julie's work at www.laclosette.com. Follow Julie on Instagram and on Twitter.

While it is widely known that fashion is cyclical, how much of what we see within runway designs and glossy advertising is actually repeated directly from earlier sources? Fashion photography website Part Nouveau has been tracking such trends, highlighting the questionable authenticity and creativity demonstrated within modern fashion. Julie Rubinger speaks with creator Lilah Ramzi.

Cartoons and satire are often used to effectively communicate political views in heated environments. Julie Rubinger recalls how another seemingly playful work, Chic Point: Fashion for Israeli Checkpoints, reveals layers of meaning - and controversy. 

In her investigation of extreme cases of 'beauty' imitation, which included the likes of Toby Sheldon and Valeria Lukyanova, Julie Rubinger uncovered why mimicking another person's image through body modification is not necessarily as eerie as it seems.

A series of smart wristwatches have debuted globally this year, receiving mixed critical reaction upon reaching the market. The problem, it would seem, is with their aesthetic appearance. Many brands are yet to catch on to the value of fashion design in the creation of wearable technology.

At one end of the fashion spectrum is an industry raking in billions of dollars, while on the other, people are barely paying their bills. Julie Rubinger explores the co-existence of opulence and scarcity in the fashion industry.

For centuries, women have significantly outnumbered men in the fashion industry. Yet despite the gender's prevalence in fashion, few women manage to make it to the top. Julie Rubinger explores this phenomenon.

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