Field Notes on Fashion and Occupy (Part One)
Who says the fashion police don’t exist? (I’m sorry, I had to.) During the Occupy movement, protesters were targeted for what they wore. In moments of clash, clothing becomes political and as The New Inquiry puts it, “Fashion is endowed with the potential to inform a political reality.”
Podcast: Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant on CBC Radio’s Q
Hanging corpses and Zou Bisou Bisou may have been the highlights of season five but seriously, can we talk about Trudy’s nightgowns and Sally’s gogo boots? Janie Bryant sits with radio host Jian Ghomeshi to talk Mad Men’s character style evolution. Heads up, those pretending to be hard at work—the link takes you directly to the podcast. Fast forward to 39:40.
What Fashion’s “Ethnic” Prints Are Really Called
Ever come across an intriguing print you wanted to know more about, only to see it frustratingly labelled as “tribal”? Stop sweating. Refinery 29 breaks it down for you in this smart glossary.
Part of this world, part of another
Gene Wilder’s got more taste than a snozzberry. Letters of Note unearthed his correspondence to director Mel Stuart in which he recommends specific sartorial ideas for Willy Wonka’s wardrobe, from the hat “two inches shorter would make it more special” to the pants “slime green trousers are icky.”
JJ Levine’s Switch Project
Montreal based genderqueer artist JJ Levine’s Switch photos depict couples in different-gender dress, awkwardly posing as if at a spring formal. In these diptychs, partners change outfits, and each person gets a chance to dress as “girl” and “boy,” despite their gender identity.
David M. Halperin, “Style and the Meaning of Gay Culture”
Halperin’s recent article discusses the significance of “style” to gay male culture: “To inquire into melodrama, camp, irony, drag, bodybuilding or Art Deco as “gay” styles is to seek the content of gay culture in its practices — to describe the intervention gay culture makes in the world as it is given. Everything depends on the all-important and elusive meaning of style.”
Queers and Steers: Night of 1000 Dollys
This long running, country western cult party on Thursday June 28th at the Gladstone Hotel pays tribute to “country’s greatest drag queen;” Dolly Parton. Don your gaudy blonde wig, chaps, and glittering cowboy boots while you enjoy watching performers like Keith Cole, Lex Vaughn, and The Tennessee Mountain Homo Choir.
Stylikeu: Ilona Royce Smithkin’s Closet
You probably already know all about Stylelikeu and their amazing voyeuristic peeks into the closets of various stylish personalities. This interview with artist Ilona Royce Smithkin came out last year, but I’ve recently revisited it for some colourful spring inspiration.
Do This Don’t: Be A Fatty in Horizontal Stripes
Over at Xo Jane, the kickass Lesley Kinzel gives a middle finger to style rules that build themselves around fat-shaming. As she puts it, “I don’t want to suggest you can counteract some rules by the application of other rules. I’m rather suggesting that we consider not giving a crap.” Amen.
Uniform Project: Florists
This instalment in the Toronto Standard’s series on clothing worn by various professionals around the city is all flower power. If this doesn’t get you excited about the upcoming April showers (and subsequent May flowers), I don’t know what will. To quote The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestly, “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” (Er, without the sarcasm).
What We Read At Lollapalooza
Lollapalooza was a weekend of music, sure, but apparently it was also “a weekend awash in competitive irony.” The Awl has a round-up of the “best” T-shirts seen there and of course by “best” I mean “most ridiculous.” I’m really impressed by the guy wearing a shirt that compares the smell of his dick to chapstick. Of course by “really impressed” I mean BRB, going to vomit.
The Conde Nast Elevator Twitter account is dead, but the absurdity it captured will live on forever. My personal favorite was: “[silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] [silence] Summer Intern: “Was that…?” Intern #2: “Yeah” #annawintour”. RIP Conde Nast Elevator.