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Ethical Fashion: Is The Tragedy In Bangladesh A Final Straw?

Since a garment factory collapsed last month in Dhaka, killing more than 400 people, ethical fashion has been in the spotlight. Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Price of Cheap Fashion, explains the economy that created this tragedy and what we can do to fix it.


A Model Career: 'Grace' Goes From Runway To 'Vogue.'

In a new memoir, Grace Coddington explains how she grew up on a remote island off the coast of Wales, started modeling as a young woman and ended up as creative director at Vogue magazine. Coddington speaks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about her life in the fashion industry.


Getting Old Is Hard, Even (And Especially) For Models

Supermodels open up about aging in a youth-obsessed industry in the HBO documentary About Face: The Supermodels Then and Now. "I really insisted that I not be retouched in Playboy," says Carol Alt. "...I'm 49 years old, and that was the point ... I let every bump and flaw show."


Remembering Vidal Sassoon, An Iconic Hairdresser

The British hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who created some of the most iconic hairstyles of the 20th century, died on May 9 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84. Fresh Air remembers the trendsetter with excerpts from a 2011 interview.


Beatles' Photographer Astrid Kirchherr Opens Up

Hamburg-born Astrid Kirchherr met the Beatles in 1960, before they were famous. She took some of the earliest photographs of the group and was engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles' original bassist, before he died of a brain hemorrhage in 1962.


Vidal Sassoon: Fresh Hair On 'Fresh Air'

The trend-setting hairstylist's 69-year career is the subject of a new documentary. He explains how he created some of the most iconic looks of the 20th century, including the geometric, the wash-and-wear and the asymmetric five-point. With photo gallery.


Tom Ford: From High Fashion To Film In 'Single Man'

For years, Tom Ford has been associated with fashion; he was, after all, credited with reviving the fortunes of the near-bankrupt Gucci, where he became the creative director. Last year he put his creative sensibilities to work in the service of a Christopher Isherwood tale: A Single Man, which was Fords big-screen directorial debut.


John Waters: A Bad Influence Picks His 'Role Models.'

The writer and filmmaker known for the cult classics Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Hairspray reflects on the many people who have inspired him throughout his life — from playwright Tennessee Williams to the crazed martyr Saint Catherine of Siena — in a new memoir, Role Models.


Plenty Of 'Big Love' For HBO Star Chloe Sevigny

Actress Chloe Sevigny is known for her fashion sense, but she doesn't mind wearing a prairie dress for her Golden Globe-winning role as a wife in a polygamous family on HBO's Big Love. Sevigny explains how she prepared to play second wife Nicki Grant -- and remembers her other film roles.


Colin Firth: By Anyone's Measure, A Leading Man.

Yesterday Colin Firth received a Best Actor nomination for his starring role in A Single Man, the Tom Ford adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel. Today Firth talks to Terry Gross about playing professor George Falconer, a gay professor navigating Southern California in 1962.

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