A motive of fashion is to exhibit the self – it is a pathway of distinction, travelled with cotton and tulle. Clothing is a medium of communication; it is crux in identifying and securing your social role in culture at large. People that dismiss fashion as frivolity miss the baseline of clothes itself: nobody goes...
“Biogirl” in a Drag World
The first time I saw a House of Gunt show, I fell in love. At the time, I wasn’t really sure WHAT I was falling for, but it was alluring enough that I showed up at the next event in a floor length mumu and coordinated green lipstick, eyeshadow, and eyebrows, only wishing I could...
Feminism and the Male Gaze
Taking a closer look at the way feminism and publicly embracing sexuality fit together. When Emma Watson publicly voiced her concern about Beyoncé’s feminism being “very conflicted” because of the “male voyeuristic experience of her” earlier last year, even the last person had to admit that she still had a long way to go. The...
Collective Practises: Milah Libin of Smart Girl Club
For this instalment of Collective Practices we talk to Milah Libin, a New York based artist and writer. With her close friend Destiny Frasqueri, (Princess Nokia), Milah started Smart Girl Club collective, focusing on creating a safe space for female creativity.
“We actually cried after the first gig” Polyester chats to Hinds
Ana Garcia Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen make up the quartet band, Hinds. Hailed from Madrid, England – amongst many other countries around the world – have guzzled down this garage lo-fi influenced girl band.
Words we wish were in the Oxford English Dictionary, but for now the Polyester Dicktionary will have to do. peglittle \ [peg-lit-l] \ verb peglittle is to communicate in an unfriendly way. 1: UNFRIENDLY, HATEFUL, CHILLY, COLD, ALOOF, SOUR He was so peglittle about it. Illustration by Emma Farrant
How Pretty in Pink Helped Me Discover My Queer Identity
My first camp crush was 100% polyester: a calf-length dress in baby pink with large blush polka dots, the fabric hung loose around the waist and crop sleeves falling blousily either side. The neckline drew up into a deep V which gave onto a panel of pink lace; the laced skimmed over collar bones into...
The Diminished Shock Value in Fashion
It’s that time of the year again were designers wipe the sweat of their foreheads and see models strut their latest designs on the runway whilst hoping their creations end up in our fashion lexicon. AW15 tries to expand our conversation on how we perceive fashion whilst being scandalous, bold, or outrageous. *Cough.*
Why we Need to Celebrate the Athletic Body
I recently read an interview with FKA twigs in which she highlighted an issue that I’ve never heard discussed before. An issue that has dictated the way I’ve viewed myself since the incredibly young age of eight. Now, at nearly twenty, I’ve finally heard the words I’ve been waiting to hear.
Smells Like Teen Blaming: Why you all Need to Quit Hating on the Girl Who Wore the Kurt Cobain Suicide Letter Shirt
Whether you’re the queen bee or the kid who hangs out alone in the library, high school is a pretty difficult time for everybody with hormone levels running as high as your pressure to get good grades. It’s around this time when you start to mold your own identity and make some pretty questionable life...
Gyrl Gaze: Vivian Fu
My favourite thing about photography and the digital age today is the vulnerability and closeness that artists have in their work; there’s a link between the digital age and the ability and freedom to convey intimacy, through photography, from the artist to the viewer the way Vivian Fu does. I’ve admired Vivian Fu’s self-portraits and...