Today in my "Fashion and Race" class we had perhaps our most nourishing roundtable discussion yet. I assigned Hilton Als’ 1994 piece for The New Yorker, “The Only One,” using the story of André Leon Talley as a case study for the solitary practice of navigating homogeneous spaces as a minoritized or marginalized individual. We considered and celebrated how Talley negotiated his power, performed his identity and from there, Talley’s experience instigated an open (and deeply emotional) space for my students to express their struggles, frustrations and victories.
Sitting in to guide the class into the deep waters of critical analysis and reflexivity when it comes to self-fashioning and navigating the (fickle) fashion system was our very special guest, photographer and writer Darío Calmese (pictured above speaking with his hands). I’m so thankful to know him, and he has a gift for taking conversations about culture to the next level.
☑️Terms, issues and concepts addressed: aesthetic labor (and "extra work"), representation, fashion knowledge and access, whiteness, atavism, stereotypes, self-fashioning, code switching, shape-shifting.
📑Readings: "The Only One” by Hilton Als, The New Yorker (1994).
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