A Call For Diversity

All photos are self-portraits. I do the whole process by myself. The production, styling, makeup, set up of the space (usually my room), composition, and everything else. I get to learn from different fields and it lets me have more control over what I’m looking for. And then I ask my husband to press the...

Sunday Best

Me and Emily Jones got together to shoot something humorous, we had the idea to transform the images into collages, to juxtapose the female dress up styling with highly masculinized homoerotic fetish art, the collages created by Ruby Ramelize are an expression of queerness and sexuality. Photography: Heather Glazzard, Styling: Emily Jones, Collaging: Ruby Ramelize, Clothes by:...

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...

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...

The Doll Diaries

When was it that we started dressing for others acceptance and stopped wearing what we wanted?   The first beats of music start to play in the background. Sometimes it’s the latest pop song that’s been blasted on the radio for days, other times it’s something from Bach’s concerto No 6 (It always makes it...

What Makes Us, Reel Good Film Club

For Maria Cabrera and Grace Barber-Plentie, their experiences of the world don’t just come through their gender, but their role as black women in society too. This affects everything: from what they wear, to how they embrace feminism as well as their work at Reel Good Film Club. Most Polyester readers will be familiar with...

What Makes Us, Dream Wife

In the beginning, Dream Wife was meant to be more of an experiment than a band — a way of exploring femininity, women in music and feminist communities through the guise of a girl group. Parodying tropes found in manufactured pop music, each member — Rakel Mjoll, Isabella Podpadec and Alice Go — embodied a...

What Makes Me

Being a Londoner can feel full of contradictions. Allure versus angst. Style versus stress. Are the rent prices really worth it? Is the status of an Oyster card — and our Oyster card holders  — worth belonging to one of the most creative cultures and fashion forward cities in the world? Represented in films and...

Malfunction

💚 Enter the void with Lucinda Bunny Barker & Jade Clark. 💚 Photography by Lucinda Bunny Barker.  Clothing courtesy of Jade Clark, available on ASOS Marketplace and Depop. Set by Josie Dove. Makeup by Hannah Twigg. Styling by Sophie Wickington.

The Man & The Club

Derek Ridgers’ work is beyond eponymous. Having shot every living and extinct subculture in the past forty years, he is the man who lurked about London’s darkest club corners and documented everybody from mods, punks, to New Romantics, skinheads (he admits to have been a rather “useless” one) to early acid ravers. But his beginnings...

Freedom/Ination

[cycloneslider id=”freedomination”]    It’s February now and most of our New Year’s resolutions have probably been apathetically dropped; our concern for ‘the more important things in life’ taking the reigns in our day-to-day lives. Fortunately, however, Vancouver-based photographer Megan-Magdalena Bourne hasn’t given up on hers. This year she’s started making short films to accompany every photo...