Welcome back lovelies, to our ongoing series of Ladyblogs You Should Be Reading. This week, I wanted to highlight some style and fashion blogs that veer away from the status quo and do fashion on their own terms.
Of Another Fashion: A collection of the often ignored fashion history of women of color, Minh-Ha T. Pham’s blog is a combination of found vintage photos and readers contributions. A self-proclaimed academic whose writings have been included in academic journals like Feminist Media Studies; Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, her blog’s mission is simple. “In providing a glimpse of women of color’s material cultural histories – a glimpse that no doubt only begins to redress the curatorial and critical absence of minoritized fashion histories – this archive and the forthcoming exhibition commemorates lives and experiences too often considered not important enough to save or to study.” In this way, Of Another Fashion strives to be, in the words of Verne Harris, a site of “oppositional memory”¦ against systematic forgetting.” She also co-blogs at Threadbared, which brings us to…
Threadbared: Mimi Thi Nguyen and Minh-Ha T. Pham’s evolving fashion dialogue and visual collection of everything from the politics of fashion to history to culture. Fashion, the two say, is as much of a reflection of our own personal styles, as it is of larger culture and all its accompanying attachments, both positive and negative. Check out the labor tag to read crucial essays on what goes into the production of your fashion, an often hidden world that all types of fashion lovers need to know about.
Style.Spot.Run: I’m not just plugging Hana Tien’s blog because she is my amazing coworker, but because girl knows what’s up with style. Her hilarious writing lends itself to bright photos, as well as her own interpretations of popular pieces, thrifted and affordably so. Check out more of her adventures in thrifting, collage, and fashion throughout the big NYC.
Style is Style: Lydia Okello’s blog starts off with the Vivienne Westwood quote, “Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” It gives you just a taste of what you are getting into, which revolves around some of the gal’s favorite pieces. For all my tumblr people, you can also find her at the Style is Style tumblr, where the Vancouver native illuminates her beautiful self with brightly colored garments of the covetable kind.
The Style Rookie: Most of us all know the fabulous Tavi, whose blog is a dedication to her love of all things fashion. While the fickle and sometimes unfortunately catty fashion world has yet to decide how they feel about her, Tavi keeps doing her own thing in her native Chicago. She just entered high school this past year, so one can only imagine all the great writing she has coming our way.
What say you, Persephone folk? What are some fashion blogs that we should be keeping an eye out for?