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Fashion - Fashion 101: Five Important Things a Fashionista Should Know

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There are a few important things a Fashionista should know. This list of facts may wow you and some you’re probably familiar with. However, it never hurts to refresh your memory.

 1. The Big Four

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There are four major fashion capitals in the world. They are also known as the Big Four: New York, London, Milan and Paris. What makes these stylish capitals land a spot in the “fashion hall of fame?” They get the title due to their influence in setting trends, significant fashion events including fashion week, and production of goods.

2. America’s First Fashion Magazine

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Harper's Bazaar is the first published fashion magazine in America. Since 1867, “The style bible for the well-dressed woman with the well-dressed mind,” has been a valuable source for fashion news. More than 120 years, Harper Bazaar printed numerous of historical pieces from unforgettable designers such as Paul Poiret’s “Zouave" look.

3. Age Defining Fashion Pieces

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Antique = Clothing and accessories 100 years old or more is considered antique
Vintage= Clothing and accessories from the 20s to 20 years before the present day
Retro= Clothing and accessories that are culturally outdated

4. Atomic Bikini

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The year 1946 consisted of two major historical events, the first year of the Bikini Atoll atomic experiments and the world introduction of the two-piece swim wear. French and automobile designer Louis Réard debuted his creation of the bikini during his fashion show in Paris. Réard strongly believed his revealing two-piece would obtain similar reaction the way people responded to America’s atomic bombing of Japan.

5. Vanishing Pearls

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The scientific formula CaCO3 + CH3COOH --> Ca + H2O + CO2 melts away pearls. In other words, make sure any pearl necklace is away from vinegar. Pearls are composed of calcium carbonate and vinegar contains acid which causes the mineral to dissolves.

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Jhanelle Rivera

Jhanelle Rivera lives and breathes in the world of fashion. She adores the rococo time period culture. This Fashionista enjoys watching fashion shows to spot out the latest trends. She attended the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising summer program at the age of 16 to gain knowledge on how to produce a runway show and fashion journalism. Jhanelle created a non-profit organization called Strike-A-Pose. Strike-A-Pose holds networking events and celebrity fashions shows to raise money for epilepsy and lung cancer. Jhanelle now attends Los Angeles Valley College where she writes for the campus News Paper, Valley Star and is also an on air-personality on 95.1 KVCM.


Fashion Photographer, Jahsaudi Perkins:
I am the photographer for Los Angeles Valley College Newspaper. I’m originally from Oakland, California. I moved out here two years ago to attend college for cinematography. Although I’m still majoring in Cinema I also have a passion in photo journalism. Equipped with a 35 mm SLR camera I would often go to different neighborhoods taking photos of people and thing find interesting. I love capturing people’s lives and finding new stories. I have experience with 35 mm film SLR cameras as well as the latest Digital SLR's. I am able to work alongside a writer and am able to work independently as well.

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