Tag: fashion

The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol

New York Magazine

…in 1975.

We’re living in a time when trans models like Lea T and Andreja Pejic have been the faces of Redken and Make Up For Ever, and Caitlyn Jenner has been celebrated on the cover of Vanity Fair. This kind of cultural acceptance makes it easy to lose sight of how dangerous it was 40 years ago — and still can be today — for women like Norman to just walk down a street. Fear of harassment from both police and civilians was constant. To live one’s life openly as a transgender woman, let alone one as a black trans woman, simply wasn’t done. The only option, really, was to “pass” in straight society.

The apotheosis of the deliberately boring normcore turtleneck was found on Steve Jobs, who arrived at his stark trademark look after striking up a friendship with the designer Issey Miyake, who gave him 100 or so of them. Troy Patterson for the New York Times

Can the Turtleneck Ever Be Cool Again?

I can only imagine that Issey Miyake might bristle endlessly unto his death with this association that will never be forgotten, of a rich man so completely and utterly lacking in personal style that he demand one of the finest craftsmen in clothing make for him a shapeless fisherman’s sweater, bearing no resemblance to the craft for which he was hired. Read the entire piece at the New York Times.

conversations on slowness

Hussein Chalayan became known as a ‘conceptual designer’ in the 1990s and it’s been bugging him ever since.

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