Fashion exists in a set of paradoxical conditions. It works as a set of visual signifiers to create communities, to establish who is “in style” or “on trend” and who isn’t- trends churn in and out of fashion, creating a complex, constantly changing code of dress, easily readable to establish who is “in.” Yet at the same time, it is constantly searching for individuality, with countless articles and books dedicated to the quest for “personal style,” that is, a distinct look, asserting that the wearer is unique, not one of the crowd, different. Thus, the Gucci’s appropriation of the Paris…


Joyous. Intentional.

I want, I want, I want. There’s a difference between a goal based life and a value based life, and I want to draw a similar distinction between a standards driven aesthetic and an emotions driven aesthetic. My aesthetic will not hinge on arbitrary standards such as thinness, muscle tone, clear skin, pale skin, soft hair, white teeth, long legs. I want my aesthetic to be based on my connection to my body. To be found in movement, not in mirrors. I want to be, not to appear.

Practicality and intentionality in the use of items. A medicinal…


Women’s Resilience and Agency Through Beauty

Fashion, makeup, and beauty have served as tools of self-expression and assertion of identity for centuries. However, beauty is often undercut in critical theory, either by a patriarchal view of all traditionally feminine activities as inferior, such as the traditional thought deeply entrenched in Christianity, or an older feminist model of beauty as a trap by the patriarchy, and participation in it as a betrayal of the feminist cause or pandering to misogynistic beauty ideals. But despite this lack of respect from a variety of analytical angles, beauty still remains not only a powerful…


Roy Halston was the American designer who epitomized 1970s glamour fashion, and arguably represented the dichotomy between French and American fashion industries and their place in public consciousness in his elevated, minimalist yet functional and accessible ethos, as opposed to more elite and less practical French haute couture. Roy’s contemporary, Yves Saint Laurent, is a household name even for those who aren’t particularly immersed in the world of fashion. The artistry and innovation of Saint Laurent is common knowledge — his le smoking outfits, his safari dress, his Rive Gauche store. Roy Halston, working at the same time, was just…

Katherine Shark

California fibers artist, designer, and garment maker. https://www.katherineshark.com/

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