Listening In Style

By Sanika Achrekar

Until now, fashion documentaries were the go-to medium for an insider perspective. Podcasts are now coming a close second. Whether you are looking to get industrybased knowledge or a sustainability review, these podcasts featuring famous designers, creative legends, journalists, and business leaders will satisfy your sartorial needs


Influencer Camille Charriere and her journalist friend Monica Ainley break the taboo associated with fashion through Fashion: No Filter via intimate cafe-style interviews with prominent industry figures. From runway reports to unpicking what makes a modern muse, they offer behind-thescenes glimpses into the world of style.


Hosted by fashion journalist Tamsin Blanchard, the main focus of Fashion Revolution is to create the social and environmental impact of the clothes we wear on a daily basis. Speaking to researchers, garment workers, supply chain experts, politicians, and activists, Blanchard interviews and investigates her way into discovering the secret stories behind the items in our wardrobes in terms of sustainability, ethics, and transparency. The podcast focuses on the people that make our clothes, and features a year-long research project across workers in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and India. The idea is to give you all the facts, as well as practical actions you can take to make positive changes in the future.


If you are someone who loves to indulge in everything happening in fashion, SheerLuxe is for you. Those wanting an up-to-date summary on the latest happenings in fashion, beauty, and culture will find this a handy companion each fortnight. Although it has a very newsy focus, their Success Stories series has a more timeless archive featuring interviews with some of Britain’s most inspiring female entrepreneurs.


Chanel has launched a seven-episode podcast, bringing together talents from film, art, architecture, dance, music, and fashion. Conversations span topics from technology in creative working, to culture as an agent for social change. The starry lineup includes the likes of Keira Knightley, Tilda Swinton, Edward Enninful, Pharrell Williams, ES Devlin, and curator Andrew Bolton.


Hosted by New York-based designer Recho Omondi, The Cutting Room Floor is a podcast dedicated to unpacking the fashion industry. Omondi offers an insider’s take on the trends, changes, and challenges going on in the industry. Each week, an esteemed guest joins her to unpick a different topic, from what happens to old clothes, to the perils of hype culture, to who in the industry is really pushing for racial equity. With inputs from writer Lynette Nylander and designer Martine Rose, each episode offers a brutally honest and enlightening take on where the industry stands, and where it can go from here.


These days, it is more important than ever to focus on the things that unite us. For Dressed: The History Of Fashion podcast, the common factor is that every day, seven billion people in the world get up and get dressed. Observing the rich and complex social and cultural histories behind the clothes we wear, this podcast offers a lighthearted way to look at the hidden depths behind the objects in our wardrobe, which we so often take for granted. Right from the origin of cat-eye sunglasses or the history of fishnets, there’s an explanation for everything. Apart from this, there’s also an exploration of fashion history, where newsworthy developments in the industry are explained.

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