On Fashioning Identity, Highsnobiety’s new podcast series, we examine how fashion intersects with identity. Every month, writer and host Sachin Bhola talks to some of the most inspiring people in the industry, alongside the voices of today’s youth, about a different subject centered around identity and representation. From gender to sexuality to race to socio-economic status to much more, Highsnobiety shines a light on marginalized voices in street culture.
On our first episode, we explore the relationship between what we wear and the politics of gender. To begin, Jack Halberstam, professor of gender studies at Columbia University, defines gender and helps contextualize it in fashion. Next, Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, shares some critical moments in history when fashion challenged traditional gender norms.
To investigate whether or not fashion has the power to change people’s ideas about gender today, Bhola speaks to a few gender-bending people in fashion, including Hood By Air’s Ian Isiah, musician Shamir, and Suited Magazine‘s Ash Owens. Also, Highsnobiety’s editorial director, Jian DeLeon, weighs in on the current state of heterosexual masculinity and what fashion can tells us about it.
We then consider the future of gender identity through the lens of fashion by speaking to Jackie O and Mercy Kelly from The Hetrick-Martin Institute, and look outside traditional gender binaries, notably to those who identify as transgendered. Bhola speaks to Ian Alexander, best-known for playing Buck on Netflix’s The OA, to get his perspective on the trans identity.
This episode of ‘Fashioning Identity’ unpacks fashion’s role in constructing – and deconstructing – gender identity, recognizes the diversity in gender, and much more. Listen to the full episode above or find it on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.
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Jack Halberstam, Valerie Steele, Ian Isiah, Shamir, Jian DeLeon, Ash Owens, Jackie O and Mercy Kelly from The Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Ian Alexander