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...

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...

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...

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

Beyond The Curve

Two significant events happened in my life in 2017. I turned 30 and I got married. Before the wedding I noticed I was curvier than usual. I have decided to try something I never had the patience for: slowly, gradually changing my lifestyle. I promised myself I won’t be impatient, I won’t force myself to...

Venus

Devoted to Venus, an aggregate image of timeless beauty which inspired a lot of artists (Botticelli, Pudica, sleeping Venus, the Dreamers, Venus in furs, etc.) Photography: Alisa Calypso, Model: Nica (View management), Stylist: Virginia Bruni, HMUA: Andrea Trenado Clothing: SOL DELA VILLA , Pale Swimwear , CELIAVALVERDE , HERIDADEGATO , Max Mara Accessories: LES FILLES EN FLEURS 

White Nights

White Nights is inspired entirely by the song of the same name by the band Priest – my interpretation of this song is that its about an overwhelming feeling of disconnect, not fitting in and trying to convince yourself that your fine but in reality your struggling with these inner demons. In the end there’s this hope...

McBling: The Early 2000s You Always Knew Existed

Tube tops, lip gloss, and Juicy Tracksuits are back whether you like it or not. While some refer to this era as the “Naughties” or “Early 2000s”, another name is circulating through the Internet. Enter McBling. The name was coined through a Facebook page in 2016 and has generated over 5,000 members. The admin of...