For many, style is frivolous and not serious. What would you say to anyone who doubts the importance of style, both in gender expression and politics?
Well, I would say that fashion is frivolous, but I don’t necessarily think that it is a bad thing to indulge in the pleasures of dressing beautifully. Is it a necessity? Absolutely not. We could all be walking around in uniforms, but how shitty would the world be? Sure it would be less frivolous, but it wouldn’t look as beautiful, and we wouldn’t be able to express our individuality. So yes, I would make the argument that fashion is frivolous, but it’s okay to be frivolous just like in the way we all enjoy beautiful art, or cars, or homes—it’s okay to indulge in the fantasy. I think that’s what fashion is about—it’s about positively embracing the frivolity.
But clothing can also be deeply political, and the way you dress has social implications. The way you dress is a signal to the world of who you are and what you represent. Whether you’re wearing the hijab, as a religious garment and the social implications of traveling in the West while wearing it—or whether you’re a transgender kid and you’re not necessarily the most passable and you’re wearing feminine clothing in public. Clothing tows the line between profound and fun.
Where do you love to shop? And what’s the one piece of clothing that’s currently in your cart?
I love to shop on The RealReal and eBay and Vestiaire collective. It’s great to be able to recycle these beautiful clothes and not have them end up in a landfill. I love the idea of repurposing fashion because it’s significantly more sustainable and affordable. Plus I’ve been going through a Versace phase, so I’ve been looking for iconic silk pieces.
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