UNBIASED | UNCENSORED | UNSCRIPTED We are AlphaOmega London makers of shoes and creator of waves in the fashion industry.
Our podcasts showcase the contemporary voices of tomorrow on thought provoking topics within the creative sectors. Fortified by an assertive panel of fashion, art, film and photography students/creatives up and down the UK. We produce podcasts that are raw, honest and unparalleled.
A subtle line: societal pressure, mental ill health and addiction
True creatives are natural problem solvers, but how much of our increasingly challenging world is affecting young creatives? This episode begins with the dichotomy of acceptance, failure, fear of being labelled, stigmatised or rejected, resulting in the suppression of emotions which often leads to various forms of self-medication namely through drugs and alcohol. We discuss the hidden dangers of alcohol and substance abuse where personal views are shared on societal pressures which are perpetuated and glamorised throughout creative sectors.
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Why we should stop talking about the 'tortured genius'
Our fifth instalment begins with falsifying the romanticised image of the ‘tortured genius’, a damaging stereotype where biased opinions of critical acclaim are slanted towards work derived from an artist’s personal struggle with mental illness. We analyse why this is a cultural phenomenon and whether it influences the behaviours of young creatives. We then conclude discussions on the harmful effects of social norms and the deleterious effects they have on young people.
#mentalhealth #fashionvanguards #alphaomegalondon #stigma #mentalhealthinfashion #mentaldisorders #toturedgenius #socialnorms #negativenarratives #creativesector #fashion
Identifying the threats to the creative mind.
At this crucial point in our series we seek to identify the social constructs that lie within the fabric of mental ill health and what effects they have on the creative mind. We expose social pressures and the growing use of social media platforms. Where we conclude on the concept of the ‘influencer’ and how this has shaped our society, particularly those within fashion and creative sectors asking whether the creative mind is more at risk of mental ill health and if so why?
#mentalhealth #fashionvanguards #alphaomegalondon #stigma #mentalhealthinfashion #mentaldisorders #technology #personalchallenges #socialfactors #creativesector #fashion
Fashion and mental health: two parallel lines?
Through a critical lens, we investigate the unbridalled theory of fashion’s negative impact on mental health by assessing work culture, lifestyle and relationships aided by our own personal experiences. This is followed by a discussion on whether individuals entering the fashion industry should be made aware of the potential mental health risks and how they can be better prepared. Concluding on the growing pressures to succeed at a young age, amplified by globalisation and technological advancements such as the internet.
#mentalhealth #fashionvanguards #alphaomegalondon #stigma #mentalhealthinfashion #mentaldisorders #influencers #socialmedia #priviledge #creativesector #fashion
Mental health: disorders, risk factors, and stigmas
Episode two of the series tests our personal tolerances to mental ill health through our understanding of associated mental health disorders. Throughout our discussions, we touch upon the disparities between men and women and the help that is available to them. We then proceed with investigating the harmful effects of our social environment and social media along with the impact that they both have on at-risk groups, paying particular attention to the younger generation.
#mentalhealth #fashionvanguards #alphaomegalondon #stigma #mentalhealthinfashion #mentaldisorders #selfimage #socialmedia #harmfuleffects #creativesector #fashion
Preserving mental health in the creative sector
The first episode in our Mental Health in Fashion series, investigates the convoluted themes of mental ill health in the creative sector and the negative impacts that exist within learning and professional environments. Our candid discussions continue with analysing general perceptions of creative careers in education and beyond, highlighting the often overlooked economic contributions of the creative sector. We then conclude by asking whether these social, economic and environmental factors form the obstetrical dilemma of mental ill health within the creative sector.
#mentalhealth #fashionvanguards #alphaomegalondon #stigma #mentalhealthinfashion #socialperceptions #suffering #creativesector #fashion
Such a great show!
This show really caught me off guard (no pun intended). I am not a big fashion buff, but the way the hosts tie other important issues into the world of fashion is fascinating! They have great production quality, very enteresting guests, and fantastic points of view. If you care anything about social issues or fashion, or you just want a great podcast to listen to and expand your horizons, don't miss out on Fashion Vanguards!
Interesting angles to fashion
I'm no fashionista, but I appreciate the interconnected ways in which fashion can be linked to other societal constructs. A very knowledgeable crew that is able to discuss and expand in detail on many world topics and relate it to fashion.
Informative and Stylish!
This show is great, even if you're not that into fashion. While fashion is the cornerstone of their show, they manage to take it and apply a social context to it in a way that's earnest, easy enough to dissect, and welcoming for all listeners. The hosts are very informative, and the episodes feel like roundtable discussions that you're part of. Worth a listen and a subscription.