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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Hailey Akau

Linking clothing and queerness might ‘boost visibility,’ but it also encourages stereotypes

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
March 23, 2022

Last Wednesday afternoon, the New York Post tweeted a link to an article titled “‘Dressing like a lesbian’ is the sexy and ‘powerful’ new fashion trend.”  The image accompanying the tweet...

‘Poor core’ is only an aesthetic for those who have the choice

‘Poor core’ is only an aesthetic for those who have the choice

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
February 24, 2022

There’s a confusing and irritating dichotomy when a student wearing tattered clothing and corded earbuds pulls a $2,000 laptop and a $500 pair of studio headphones out of their Louis Vuitton backpack. Chances...

Performative activism can’t change the fast fashion industry

Performative activism can’t change the fast fashion industry

By Stephanie Wallace
January 26, 2022

People love to feel like they are doing some noble thing for the greater good while in reality, they are accomplishing the bare minimum. This usually takes place through “performative activism,” ...

Alum opens sustainable bridal store in Newton

Alum opens sustainable bridal store in Newton

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
September 7, 2021

While planning for her own wedding in 2018, alum Molly Swarttz ‘13 realized that weddings can also be eco-friendly, and after years of planning opened her own sustainable bridal store in June, making...

Even though the world is forced to adapt to the pandemic, the fashion world may never be the same again.

Could the pandemic get rid of fast fashion for good?

By Jialin Xu
January 26, 2021

COVID-19 has heavily impacted the fashion world, which has led to more than a one-third drop in revenue within the fashion industry. Even though the world is forced to adapt to the pandemic, the fashion...

Junior Will Dean and Will Grattan-Smith of University of Miami made the best of their remote learning semester, successfully establishing their own clothing brand, Wonderboy.

Junior launches ‘Wonderboy’ clothing brand in midst of pandemic

By Shawna Konieczny, Staff Writer
November 4, 2020

Junior Will Dean started Wonderboy Clothing LLC, a streetwear clothing line that sells shirts and hoodies featuring designs from artists, with a friend while taking classes remotely this semester.  In...

Megan Ellis - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Little Shirt, Big Pants: The dichotomy between self-image and style

By Megan Ellis
November 10, 2019

*Content Warning: This article discuses themes of disordered eating and body image. In high school, I used to cry in the mornings as I got dressed for school. I didn’t want people to see my body,...

Many of my courses creatively challenge me, and push me to think and learn differently than I had before. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Major Thoughts: impassioned students should initiate IDIP, the DIY major

By Emma Cox
February 13, 2019

I knew I wanted to pursue fashion advertising when I started applying to colleges. Fashion had always been a passion of mine and pursuing advertising alongside it would give me a flexible business background...

Lisa King created her makeup line, b-glowing BEAUTY, specially for older women. Photo courtesy of Lisa King.

Jamie Lee Curtis models alumna’s makeup line

By Annika Hom
April 18, 2018

When Lisa King ‘88 realized few makeup products worked on her middle-aged skin, she decided to create her own line. In 2004, King created b-Glowing BEAUTY, a makeup collection for older women based...

Cathleen DaCosta debuted Heroin Is Not Chic at New York Fashion Week. Photo courtesy of Cathleen DaCosta.

Alum combats ‘heroin chic’ trend with style

By Emily Mason
March 22, 2018

In the late '90s, supermodel Kate Moss popularized “heroin chic,” a fashion style based around grunge. Today, Cathleen DaCosta ‘10 has repurposed the phrase, turning it from a glamorization of drug...

Kaylee Largay is organizing Cambiar Festival, a 2019 music, arts, and fashion event in Boston. Photo courtesy of Kaylee Largay.

Cambiar Festival shines light on rare cancer research

By Grace Griffin, Copy Editor
March 15, 2018

When Kaylee Largay ‘17 was a freshman her mother passed away from Leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Since then, Largay knew she wanted to give back and raise money to support cancer research. Largay...

Emerson Fashion Society is mobilizing students to wear black on March 15. Photo by Justin Scott Johnson.

Fashion Society encourages students to say time’s up

By Annika Hom
March 14, 2018

After celebrities wore black at the 2018 Golden Globes and Oscars in solidarity with Time’s Up!—a movement seeking to eliminate sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace—Emerson Fashion Society...

Jeannie Albers’s photoshoot of freshman Albany Alexander can be found on the Vogue Italia website. Photo courtesy of Albany Alexander.

Freshman Albany Alexander models for Vogue Italia

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
February 15, 2018

Posed like a dancer, Albany Alexander thought her photo shoot was nothing more than fun with her friend and professional photographer, Jeannie Albers. The freshman journalism student didn’t know...

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