36 years in the making

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday and for the first time in its thirty six year history, the award for Criticism has gone to a fashion writer. Robin Givhan of the Washington Post won for, “her witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism.” What wonderful news! I’ve always thought that fashion deserves to be examined and criticized like any other cultural product, e.g. art, music, cinema, television, etc... Granted, much fashion writing doesn’t aspire to do that and is honestly quite abysmal. But I feel like the winds are shifting now. Fashion writing and journalism now seems to be more widely read, more accessible, and less like the kid sister of “bigger” cultural criticism. This Pulitzer is truly a watershed moment.

For more info: Pulitzer Prizes Site and Fashion Week Daily

Sonya Mooney