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Fashion: Aesthetics and Androgyny

Duration:
18 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 13 February 2014

The fashion industry tells women that beautiful is tall and skinny. With the start of London Fashion Week on Friday, we ask, why does this ideal continue to sell? And how has the mould changed over the years? We speak to those on the inside - a former editor of Vogue, and a supplier of mannequins to department stores and designers. Plus, we speak to a model who's made the industry's demand for androgynous looks work to her advantage. Elliott Sailors has been walking the catwalks at New York Fashion Week this week - both as a man and as a woman.

(Photo: Model Elliott Sailors attends the 'Big Sur' premiere in New York City. Credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

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