I’ve noticed over my teaching career that kids possess a keen insight into the phenomenon of privilege. Curious about privileges I might take for granted, I asked four trans* teens I work with, ages 15-20, five questions about fashion.
I have been with my boyfriend for almost a year now and we are very happy together. He tells me all the time how much he loves me and wants to be with me forever. However, there is one small problem that has always bothered me. He doesn't seem to like the way I dress, because I tend to dress comfortably, or as he puts it, I dress "too simple.”
Yoga pants and leggings are increasingly being banned by school dress codes. Photo by Matt Madd.
I was driving by one of the high schools here in Portland the other day and the football team was headed out in their practice gear: dozens of 16-18 year old guys, swaggering along in shoulder pads and tight white pants.
A new collection of essays about fatness came out this spring: Queering Fat Embodimentis an academic book that looks at numerous perspectives on fatness, culture, and identity. We're publishing an excerpt of from final chapter, "Fashion’s 'Forgotten Woman’: How fat bodies queer fashion and consumption," by Margitte Kristjansson.
There are women in this world who, when they hear the name "Kim France," literally gasp because they are so. Damn. Excited. And rightly so: As a writer, editor, and blogger, France has had a dreamworthy career in zeitgeisty print journalism.
It was the bounty heard ‘round the world last week when Jezebel offered $10,000 for unretouched photos of Lena Dunham in Vogue. Jessica Coen, editor of the Gawker-run women’s site, wrote that they were offering cash for the before pics from Dunham’s cover shoot because the after images are, “all in all, quite nice. She's well-styled and looks fantastic. As if Vogue would have it any other way.”
In this 20-minute conversation from our Dress Up podcast episode, Bitch Creative and Editorial Director Andi Zeisler and Online Editor Sarah Mirk talk with independent fashion designer Adam Arnold and Portland fashion designer-manufacturer Cassie Ridgway about why people love to dress up sexy for Halloween.
A transcript of this conversation is below the cut.