Hierarchies in Fashion: Yes, They Still Exist

Fashion is an aspirational, creative field. At the edge of innovation and trend-setting lies the doorkeepers of the fashion industry, traditionally figures like Anna Wintour or designers like Marc Jacobs. With the emergence of digital media, most specifically Instagram, the doorkeepers of fashion are now “influencers”. While the mediatization of various institutions, including fashion, has…

Can Fashion be Feminist? Can Digital Media?

Robin James extensively argues that fashion and digital media are stuck in a kind of performative neoliberal femininity which perpetuates the MRWasP (multi-racial white supremacist patriarchy). James’s piece really forced me to think about how feminism, particularly the “Look I Overcame” performance she talks about, plays out on my social media feeds. James’ argues that…

#RevolveSoWhite: Racial Aftertaste

“Taste” is defined is a reflection of a person’s social status through styles of dress (fashion), buying choices, mannerisms, behavior etc. This concept of taste applies to wide varieties of likes and dislikes, especially in the realm of fashion and beauty. In her book, Minh- Ha Pham details the history of Western “taste” for racial…

#OOTD

For this #OOTD, I am showing off my (2-day-a -week) work attire. In this picture I am wearing a black off the shoulder top from Urban Outfitters, cropped yellow pants from Forever 21, and a plaid cropped jacket that I got from Unique Thrift in Chicago. This day was the first day above freezing in what felt…