Short shorts and tiny tops are not an invitation for your commentary. The temperature is higher than my patience.
I finally finished my pizza skirt today! It’s a full circle skirt made from the pizza fabric I designed, printed on cotton knit, because I am in love with stretchy fabrics right now. The ruffle crust is some cheap brown jersey, and I’ve got it over a tulle crinoline. I think I might get some more of this fabric because I want to make a top out of it that looks like the top I’m wearing now, only made of pizza. And it seemed appropriate to complete the look with the very wonderful burger bow I purchased a couple weeks ago.
I have been asked by dozens of male leftists why I’m into fashion, why I blog about it or spend hours putting together intricate outfits, since it is ‘inherently’ a capitalist activity.
I have also been told (unsolicited) by many men that they think my fashion is interesting and bold, but certainly not sexy— the same (unsolicted) response given whenever I chop all my hair off.
Male leftist critiques of fashion often ignore that it is a gendered form of self-expression and no more complicated by its relationships with commodification and capitalism than any other aesthetic or form of self-expression. To do many artsy things, you must buy things. Paintings go for millions in hushed auctions filled with white men, so why don’t men criticize artists who use paints, pencils, or finely crafted crayons for being sellouts?
Moreover, fashion can be a way to avoid the male gaze or to at least alienate it. There are many women into creative dressing that are told ‘you aren’t sexy, you won’t attract a boy looking like that.’ As if that should be the only point to your self-expression.
These days I experiment with masculine silohettes. I am wearing slacks and a wool-and-leather top with weird loafers. My hair is to my chin. Many of my guy friends have complained that I de-sexify myself when my hair is short. Or they mutter, you’re clearly going for some weird fashion thing and not attractiveness. It reminds me of the saying that when women get their hair cut short, they do it for themselves.
These days, I don’t twart male gazes completely but I come off as aggressively visible. Most strange men avoid speaking to me, which is what I prefer. They look at me in weird dresses and short hair, and they often have a blank expression because they are unable to read my body within the entitled domain of their gaze.
Being into fashion has been about reclaiming my body for myself. I lose weight because I want to fit into clothes, not because I want to be more appealing to men. I dress how I went, when I want, and ignore the men who say ‘Ainee you don’t look hot today! Your shirt is weird.’
yes yes yes
Fashion is an art form, one we all participate in by wearing clothes, by not letting our hair grow indefinitely. But because women are conditioned to care about it more and put more effort into it, by choice or by necessity it is seen as “low art” if it’s seen as art at all, frivolous and shallow. Fashion and feminism are intertwined like the threads of a cable knit sweater.
How is painting my face more vain than painting a canvas? Seriously, what is the difference? Nobody has ever been able to explain that to me. When I paint a portrait, it’s art. When I paint myself, it’s shallow. I don’t buy that.
When I design a burlesque look, while my sexuality is blatantly on display, it is infused with a confrontational element that many people find frightening and uncomfortable. It isn’t the delicate, demure look of an object up for consumption. It stares back at you. It doesn’t care if you like it or not because it’s not about you, it’s about me. You’re the passive one in this scenario.
If that isn’t an artist statement, I don’t know what it is.
And see, I think about this stuff when I plan outfits. Even when it’s day to day outfits and not stage outfits. I am communicating, expressing, telling a story, a mobile art piece. And I create what I want. I don’t take commissions.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to find my tutu. I’m going to the opera tonight.
The Blonds S/S 2013 Runway Details
My jaw is somewhere in the deepest pits of Mordor right now, that is how far it dropped. Because this is awesome.
Kreuzbach 10 makes men’s shirts, cut to fit women’s bodies. And they need your help to get started.
Our shirts are designed to be straight up what you’d expect to find in the men’s department; Primary colours, geometric patterns, no frills. However, unlike shirts in the men’s department, Kreuzbach10 shirts are cut to fit female bodies. We know that women’s shoulders, chests, waists and hips are in different ratios to men, but furthermore in different ratios to each other. That’s why we have developed our core 3 cuts that cater to different body shapes and we hope to expand to more cuts the brand grows. We’re clear about which shirt is which cut, so if you buy one that fits you like a glove, its easy to find more that will make you look just as hot.
We’ve stood in the men’s change room in briefs and a tux shirt cursing because anything that does up comfortably on our hips looks like apotato sack on the rest of our body.
We’ve stood in the women’s change room wondering if any brand will make something actually designed to fit comfortably cover a bust rather than be splayed open.
We know that it can feel like the entire world of ‘fashion’ is going out of their way to make you feel out of place if you’re not a girly girl but we want you to know that we think you’re awesome just the way you are.
So awesome that we’re making clothes just for you.
There are ten days left on their fundraising campaign. To find out more, or to make a donation, click here.
Why am I just hearing about this now? Why has it not made funding already? I know so many people who want this.
I want all of this so bad!!!!! This is exactly what I always try to get when I go shopping. I like the dressy “boy” shirts but they never ever fit me. This is so great!
I got this blue jacket that looks like if you made a coat out of Cookie Monster and I’m wearing it with this long drapey dress and I think it makes me look like some kind of Disney villain.