Dollies, Like Sheep: Sex Worker Appropriation or Appreciation?

Dolly Parton’s look has changed with the decades, but it remains distinctly Dolly, its mainstays blonde wigs, full lips, large breasts, and long nails. Parton is frank about her look’s inspiration: the full-service sex worker in her Tennessee hometown. Her avowal of her style’s origins proves that non-sex workers can wear “slutty” or “trashy” clothing…

Luminous Horrors

We spoke in colors. The warmer gradients sharp and forward while the cool blues and purple hues leaned effortlessly against the wall. They converged wildly over skin.This photo shoot was truly a collaboration among friends.  Driving from NYC’s Chinatown through Time Square, the four of us found ourselves twirling around a hot-tub in an hourly…

3D Me

I am the kind of creative that likes to dip her feet into every medium. My first love was photography, but my second and more fervent love is 3D modeling & rendering. I didn’t want to spread myself too thin so I decided to put my photography in the back seat and focus on my…

Cherry Stain And Albumen

This project was a way to vent years of fear and anger about menstruating. Age 11, when my period began, I experienced the same detachment from my bleeding body which was now, apparently, a female body, with guilt and shame in every ounce of blood. But I never dwelt on the disparity between the importance…

Clothes Horse

I used to be a total clothes horse. Throughout high school, if a day came when I had nothing new to wear, I’d throw something together, or staple something together, or safety pin it. Upholstery fabric was easy to wrap into a sari. Retro polo shirts became skirts. Anything ­– a boy scout uniform, a nurse’s…

Charity

In the first of a new monthly comic series by Yaga Sara, our pink haired heroine tries her best to find ways of avoiding thoughtless consumerism while shopping for clothes. Cartoon: Yaga Sara

It Costs To Be Austere

This editorial is a sartorial celebration of punk and female power. It explores themes of punk and subversion in a modern context and asks what austerity and severity entails today. At its center we see model Sarah Parsons assuming a dominant and mystical role – inspired by the character Mad in Derek Jarman’s 1978 punk…

A Nervous Weakness— The Feminist Outlet of Gothic Literature.

“Most men’s eyes, when you look at them critically, are not like that. They may look at you very expressively, but when you look at them, just as features, they are not very nice.” A woman rips down a stripe of hideous wallpaper. Her husband looks on helplessly before falling into a dead faint. His…

Cage Dancing 101: How To Wake Up Your Inner Vixen Without Flashing Anyone

Cage dancing, a pretty unheard of concept in everyday life, but I am here to guide you through the nu-metal erotic underworld world that I have been hanging out in for the last few months, and to pass on some magical life wisdom I have gained by pretending to be a Goth Britney spears. Cage dancing is…

Fancy Feast!

A set of 9 photos and 3 GIFs based on the idea of a kitsch queen having a totally colorful, lavish feast. We were inspired by all things tacky, campy, and gross, and think that the images would fit perfectly with Polyester’s aesthetic that we both adore. Iris took the photos, I collaged ’em and…

Acid

Zita is an artist from Budapest: “I have a kitschy brand called Mermaid Tea Party. I created this video and the music was by Uffalo Steez and myself,” she explains. Video by Zita Nagy

Women In Menswear: Michiko Koshino

Michiko Koshino has been a veteran of the menswear industry since moving to the UK in the 1980s. Along with the new wave of Japanese designers that have forever changed the London fashion scene, Michiko has offered up a new vision for menswear — one that is characterised by experimental silhouettes and a unique streetwear…