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How the fashion industry has injured women

You really could die for your clobber (like the sweatshop girls who made it). In a new book, Alison Matthews David looks at the dangers of dress past and present, and reveals a gendered agenda

The genius of Azzedine Alaïa: Fashion's contradictory colossus

Despite his diminutive stature – he stands just five feet three inches tall, allegedly – I didn't measure him myself, but it seems about right – Azzedine Alaïa is a giant in the fashion world. It's just one of a knotty bundle of contradictions that make up his character, his career, and consequently his legend. He refuses to show his clothes at fashion week, but everyone wants to see them; he chafes against the confines of the fashion system, while being one of its defining figures. He creates garments that eschew the relentless novelty of contemporary fashion, instead offering gradual developments of idea and technique. But women clamour, season after season, to buy them. In Harrod's, Alaïa outperforms all other international brands. He doesn't advertise, and doesn't loan to celebrities – although they buy his clothes.

The cult of Diana Vreeland: Model and muse Suzanne von Aichinger

Von Aichinger has modelled for designers including Azzedine Alaia, Claude Montana and Thierry Mugler, as well as working in-house as model-cum-inspiration, first for Christian Lacroix, then John Galliano, and latterly Jean Paul Gaultier – all stylish, all original. All very Vreeland

Louis Vuitton's Series 3 exhibition

Since he joined Louis Vuitton in 2013, Nicolas Ghesquière has created a series of hits for the grand French house. Now a new London 'experience' will allow visitors to get up close and personal with his clothes, says Alexander Fury