Walking through the Barbican café clad in an ankle length black PVC coat, emblazoned with badges that read, “tory slave” and “bollocks to austerity, tax the rich”, Reba Maybury isn’t your typical ex fashion student.
The General Election 2015- Politics and the Patriarchy
The political world is in need of a makeover. The bleak coalition conclusion of the last general election resulted in four years of false promises, rising house prices and destruction around the world. On the eve of 2015’s general election, the young female vote has never been so important.
The Seduction Strategy of Fashion
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...
❤ Gyrl Gaze- Tabita Rezaire ❤
The internet is a space that is moved and navigated by the other; marginalized people, women, queer kids, immigrants, etc. At least, this is what I’ve always believed. With the flow of discourse and art that exists on the internet amongst people of colour, women, and queer folk,
Back in 2012 a Danish born London based singer going by the name Cinnamon Girl released a stand out track ‘Friends’. Fast-forward to 2014 and Camilla Roholm returned, this time under the guise of Invader Girl. The phenomenal unicorn filled video for ‘Starting Fires’, remixed by MS MR, left us wanting more. Her sound is...
“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...