Dress Code Cracker discusses personal expression through style.
Far outside the confines of mainstream consumer fashion culture, we consider pop culture, politics, modern art and feminism in discussing style as a means of personal expression.
We talk to one guest bi-weekly about what they express when they get dressed and what informs their style. Using an audio format forces a visual medium to be translated verbally.
We look at dress as a daily exercise in creative self-expression, including as an expression of political beliefs. Dress can be a way to consider issues of oppression: via globalization/fast fashion, gender politics, race, feminisms, ableism and various types of 'body fascism'.
Not to forget also how dress references culture and subculture.
Dress code cracker is body and sex positive.
Feedback welcome at sarah (at) dresscodecracker.com and please visit at www.dresscodecracker.com
Chrysanthemum White Alder: Chaos Magnet/15th Century Pagan Nun
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DCC 37: Sarah Potter Colour Witch Mob Boss
I'm back for the first new episode of 2020 with an amazing interview!
Sarah Potter is a teacher, curator, practioner of colour magick, and a tarot card reader. She's been all over the witch-ternet (sorry my bad) lately, featured in Architectural Digest, Dazed magazine, InStyle magazine and Teen Vogue.
Please stop by www.dresscodecracker.com to see more show notes and photos of Sarah!
Thank you Sarah for all your work making the world more magickal! 3
DCC 36: IVORY CONOVER- "IF YOU WANT TO PUT ME ON A PEDESTAL, AND OBJECTIFY ME, COOL. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO WHAT I HAVE TO SAY"
Ivory is a multi disciplinary performer by trade...and by personality!
She's wonderfully outspoken about her politics and activism, which she attributes to her position on multiple intersections within feminist politics: she talked to me about being a biracial woman who 'passes' as white, a queer woman who 'passes' as straight despite her bisexuality, and her commitment to dismantling toxic cultural messages about women's bodies.
DCC 35: Gigi Castorina "Everyday Vintage at Gigi's House of Frills!"
Gigi is a long time vintage collector, appreciator and wearer. And an even longer time lingerie enthusiast! She is the owner/operator of Toronto's only Vintage Style Lingerie Boutique : Gigi's House of Frills.
We talked about 'everyday vintage', and her dedication to fashion and details from the 1930s to '50s. I love how her store makes you aspire to a more glamourous lifestyle, where you might entertain in loungewear or do your pincurls in a nightgown from the 1930s.
You can follow Gigi on her twitter: @gigisfrills
Instagram: gigisfrills or gigi’s house of frills, and of course her website which features information about the store and lookbooks....
More at www.dresscodecracker.com
DCC 34: Amazon Syren "Little House on the Orchestral Pagan Folk Metal Prairie"
Amazon Syren is a queer, poly leather femme, a sex-workers' rights activist, and a Professional Naked Girl. She's also a witchy glamazon who sings opera, writes poetry, reads tarot, grows veggies, works magic, spins her own yarn, cooks, preserves, and darns a lot of socks. The secret ingredient is always love. She lives with her wife and an assortment of metamours in 1821.
DIY is very close to her heart.
She has opinions! Which is what I love! We discussed the business of being tall women (she's 6'4" and I'm just under 6'2"), from slouching to people's surreptitious checks to see if we are wearing heels.
We also covered her 'femme muse' Musetta from La Bohème, queer hanky codes, what a newly minted dyke wears to pride in 2008,
DIY is a big deal with her, from knitting and handspinning yarn to gardening, preserving and cooking. She also weaves and sews. As an urban homesteader, the 'little house in the big woods' thing is no joke.
We discussed the terminology around ethical non-monogamy, and the idea of being "solo” poly, which she points out has no meaning unless you're working from a coupled default position. She also clarified the differences between pansexual and queer poly (spoiler alert it's hetero-normativity).
And please find Amazon online via her twitter, @amazon_syren, and also her two blogs:
Urban Meliad and Syrens.
Thank you so much Amazon! It was a pleasure. ♥
www.dresscodecracker.com for more info and images! Thanks for listening.
DCC 33: Femme Space Amanda Arkansassy Harris
I encountered Amanda Harris’ work via a Gender and Media class.
I love her Femme Spaceproject and was so excited to talk to her
for this episode! Amanda is a queer high femme charmer
from the South. She was the co-curator of Y’all Come Back:
Stories of Queer Southern Migration in the 2015 National Queer
Arts Festival, where she exhibited portraits in her EXODUS
Her photographs have been published in Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the
Heels on Wheels Galaxy, G.R.I.T.S.: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyn’s
Voices, Towards the “Other” America: Anti-Racist Resources
for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter, as
well as various online sources including Al Jazeera
America. She believes in the future of the femme oligarchy and
the power of portraits to tell stories.
Please see images at www.dresscodecracker.com also!
Amanda’s art and activism has been informed and nurtured by
online femme community. We talked about femme visibility and
marginazation in queer and other spaces. She also talked about
taking the conversation beyond queerness to include race, class,
ability, emotional labour, privilege of butch and masculine of
centre people –and letting femme stand alone—femme sex, and femme
on femme relationships
I liked hearing her perspectives on collaborating with vs
exploiting femmes from marginalized groups. On the topic of
privilege, she referred me to an article online by Cyree
….also to a wonderful resource for femme articles and
resources—intiated and collated by Blyth Barnow, reflecting the
wisdom of large community of facebook femmes!
Of course in the bonus round I asked Amanda for her book
and music recommendations.
She mentioned Amber Hollibaugh, whose book My Dangerous Desires is a favourite of mine
The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch
She recommended work by
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha whose most recent book
isDirty River I totally recommend too!
And…Amanda contributed to a recent book, Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on
Wheels Femme Galaxy. which I’m gonna try to get
my hands on soon!
Her music recommendation is GAYmous which you can find on FB
Amanda’s latest project Y’all Come Back
Now, is here, and looks amazing. Thank you so much Amanda!
You’re a charmer for sure. ♥
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Still thinking about the truth bombs
I like all Dress Code Cracker episodes, but the Chrysanthemum White Alder ep was particularly good. The idea of having your essentials and not wanting/needing more than that is interesting to hear about in someone’s actual practice. And the discussion about how we are being slowly but surely trained to accept low-quality, ill-fitting garments as the norm BLEW MY MIND. So true, so good. Thank you Sarah Innis!!