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#MondayMentors: British Fashion Critic, Sarah Mower MBE

#MondayMentors: British Fashion Critic, Sarah Mower MBE

#MondayMentors - Sarah Mower

Photo: Sarah Mower’s Instagram. Sarah, pictured left with Ruth Chapman and Roksanda.

Even though I’m a fashion blogger, I’m one of the first to admit that deeply-researched fashion journalism is an under-appreciated art form. Even in it’s heyday, critics like Sarah Mower and Tim Blanks didn’t receive enough mainstream credit for their thoughtful coverage of not only runway shows, but also the social implications of fashion on a larger scale.

While I believe I’ve already blogged about my Tim Blanks obsession at length (he’s the Editor-at-large for Business of Fashion and the host of iconic Canadian TV show Fashion File), I haven’t delved into my appreciation for Sarah Mower -- it’s long overdue, really.

Sarah Mower is a fashion critic and columnist for publications such as i-D and Vogue. A skilled interviewer, I witnessed her interview J.W. Anderson before his first exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield gallery. Chair of the NEWGEN committee and trustee for the British Fashion Council Education Foundation, designers like Jonathan Anderson have become superstars through her support.

In 2017, Sarah established her most recent venture ‘Sarah’s List’, a pop-up space featuring seven of her favourite emerging brands. Inspired by the political doom and gloom of Brexit and Trump, Mower wanted to make a clear stand of her support for the next-generation -- to make sure they don’t become lost in the global atmosphere of political fear.

Going back to the beginning of Sarah’s career, she moved to London in the 80s, Sarah got her start at Ms London magazine, then continuing her career as The Guardian’s Fashion Editor. Alongside being a well-respected journalist within the industry, she has even been a guest professor at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Winning an MBE in 2011, she has firmly established herself as an icon in British fashion.

Top lessons from Sarah’s career

  1. Use your influence for good: through engaging with young British designers, she has given them a boost in the over-crowded global fashion market. Through this support, she simultaneously educates herself more on the state of fashion now, and in turn, becomes a better journalist.

  2. Turn negativity into inspiration: while Trump and Brexit are far from ideal, Sarah turned the fear she felt into a meaningful project -- Sarah’s List.

  3. Become involved in education: for me, I think it’s really amazing how Sarah has inserted herself into the fashion education system. In doing so, she strengthens her own understanding of how students are studying fashion now -- so she can not only better support them, but also support her own academic fashion research and writing.

That’s it for this week’s #mondaymentors! If you want to stay up-to-date on fashion news (besides following @fashionoriginatorspodcast , of course), I highly recommend following Sarah Mower. To stay up-to-date on what’s new in British fashion, I can always count on her account for thoughtful captions and interesting news.

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