3. Is this Cite Credible?

Alexander McQueen’s “Fashion-able?” Dazed Magazine Issue

Summary of the Article

The article written author by Jamie Waters is titled, “Fashion’s Most Iconic Political Statements.” This article is written with the sole purpose/main point of informing the readers of the notorious political statements made on or off the runway by designers. The first example of these political statements is made by Alexander McQueen, a British designer. Author Waters states that in his show models were seen stumbling across the runway in tattered clothing with disoriented facial expressions. After the show, McQueen was left to comment on his show stating that his goal was to empower women by portraying how society views them. The second example of political statements being made in the fashion world is again, by Alexander McQueen. The iconic designer broke ground when he featured a variety of disabled models in an issue of Dazed magazine. In doing this he lived up to his reputation of advocating alternative forms of beauty instead of what the fashion world considers the “norm” of beauty. The third example of iconic political statements made in the fashion industry was made by Karl Lagerfeld, the incredibly well known Chanel Designer and photographer. According to Waters, Lagerfeld staged a feminist protest for his 2015 Spring/ Summer line. Cara Delevingne, a world-wide famous model, led the army of models all marching down Boulevard Chanel. Waters stated that Lagerfeld commented on the show after and said that he felt he liked the idea of feminism being something light-hearted, not a truck-driver for the feminist movement. The rest of the article talks about other examples of designers expressing their political opinions through their collections.

So… Is it Credible?

This article has all of the necessary components for the creation of a correctly factual article based off of the look of it and the information that went into creating it. Jamie Water’s detailed and organized article is credible because he has a background of being published in established and reputable writing companies such as The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, and Dazed, and he cites the facts he used from credible sources through hyperlinks.

Author Jamie Waters

Credible Due to Author’s Background

The first step to knowing whether an article is credible or not is by checking the author’s background, something in which I looked into. The top of the article contains the author’s name, Jamie Waters. This leads to a type of pictured collage with links to all of his other articles, all relating to the fashion world. This shows me that he had been previously writing about the topic of fashion indicating the author’s knowledge of the subject. I did further research on the author and found a website by the name of JamieWaters.com that has brief explanation of his career. He talks about how he is a freelanced writer who has written for publications including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, and Dazed. The listing of companies he previously worked for shows that he has a background in writing not only freelanced, but with credible companies. The page also contains a twitter account name @jamie_s_waters and an Instagram account name @jamie_s_waters to direct readers to his social media accounts where he posts his latest articles. The website also contains all the articles he has ever written whether they be freelanced or for the companies he has worked for. The articles were about a wide variety of subjects, but a big chunk of them were about fashion. All of this information tells me that the author has a credible background because he shows that he has worked with large and well-known companies and has clearly been writing about fashion for years.

Supermodels Posing for Peta’s iconic 1994 campaign poster

Credible Due to Primary Sources

Another reason I deem the website credible is because all of the stories about designers making political statements are backed up with sources that author Waters cites below each picture using hyperlinks. For example, below each picture are credible websites that are cited such as pinterest.com, wordpress.com, squarespace.com, and showstudio.com. These are all very legitimate cites indicating the credibility of primary sources. There also appear to be hyperlinks for some of the stories that lead to other articles with more detail about the story and once I checked those websites, I found that the factual information matched up with what Waters states. For instance, the story about the Chanel feminist protest contains a hyperlink that sends you to another, more detailed article explaining the protest. This means that the author went to great lengths to comply factual information for the reader. Along with the hyperlinks, the article contains different fashion ads which appeals to the audience reading it and goes along with the articles main purpose, to give factual information about the fashion world. Using relevant advertising in an article can show the reader the cite is credible because it enables the reader to see that the article is only about fashion and nothing else. Overall, the website and article seems credible to me. I say this because I have an insight into where the author got his information from and I know that the author has had previous experience in writing about fashion and that he has had professional writing jobs for reputable companies.

Works Cited:

Waters, TextJamie. “Fashion’s Most Iconic Political Statements.” Dazed. DazedDigital.com, 17 Apr. 2015. Web. 11 Oct. 2016.

Waters, Jamie. “JAMIE WATERS.” JAMIE WATERS. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2016.