What WORN staffers have been reading and loving around the web
Wornettes love to share. It’s just the way we are. And when we find something we love, we also love to share it with each other. Here’s a roundup of some of the things we’ve been into from around the World Wide Web.
A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance
By Eddie Ndopu
Eddie Ndopu is a Black Queer Crip. He also loves fashion, and he takes any excuse he can to dress to the nines, because he enjoys it. But he’s noticed that his mode of dress has become a site of resistance against ableist assumptions about his body and ableist standards of being. He argues that his conscious choice to dress in a fashion-forward, non-casual way makes people less likely to assume that he is someone who is deprived or needs charity, and in turn challenges their notions of what the life of a disabled person is like.
On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head
By Abigail Pesta
Janet Stephens is a Baltimore hairstylist who works at a regular hair salon during the day, but in her free time, she is an amateur hair archaeologist, and recreates hair styles from ancient times. Even better, she puts them up on YouTube, so we can see exactly how the hairstyles were done. Despite not holding a degree, she’s even written for scholarly journals about her hypotheses about how these hairstyles were done, which is a pretty big deal. Her vestal virgins video made somewhat of a stir with the fashion set online last month, and it also proved that the vestal virgin hairstyle, which scholars had long thought were wigs, actually probably were not. This is a must read for any history nerd.
ALERT: Your Vintage Clothing is Infected With Demons
By Lexi Nisita
Vintage lovers no longer just have to worry about bedbugs when buying their clothing, at least according to TV minister Pat Robertson. Apparently demons like to attach themselves to physical objects like clothing, so that ‘60s mini dress might be rife with demonic energy. The only way to prevent this is through prayer and binding friendly spirits to the clothing. No big deal. According to this logic, WORN staffers are all probably about 90% demon, so you have been warned.
‘We’re Done Hiding:’ A First Lingerie Line for Transgender Women
Chrysalis, a new NYC-based lingerie designer and the brainchild of Cy Lauz, is the first designed with the needs of transgender women in mind. The basics line will be released this spring, and features a power mesh panty that helps to create a seamless lines, and sleek, modern bras with pockets to accommodate full cup inserts. They’re also planning a couture collection that will bring this technology to other types of garments like teddies, shapewear, lingerie, and even bathing suits. Even better, all the models used in Chrysalis’ advertising are trans. It’s about damn time.
How Men’s Magazines Sell Masculinity to Young, Low-Income Men
By Amanda Hess
The media isn’t shy about talking about what the images in magazines do to affect women’s self worth and body image, but what about men’s? In this Slate piece by Amanda Hess, she examines the influence that advertising in men’s magazines like Playboy and Game Informer, which promote a heavily aggressive male archetype, has on the men who buy them.
How Fashion is Queer
By Alison Bancroft
Alison Bancroft’s short essay does away with the idea that fashion is frivolous flush that subordinates women, and instead examines fashion as a way to redefine and even ignore gender norms for everyone. Think Andrej Pejic, Ru Paul’s MAC ads, Thierry Mugler, Coco Chanel in the ’20s, and the entire concept of the androgynous fad. Almost everywhere you look in fashion, especially now, someone is challenging notions about gender in some way. “Fashion is not about shopping, and if you think it is, you have missed a trick.” We at WORN are of course heartily in favour of this mode of thinking.