Sweatshirt & Jeans - American Apparel
Heels - SENSO
The most discomfort I feel is when I dress like this. I was thinking about it and at first I said it's because I look snobby. But really what is snobby? I found myself walking around a little anxious at the fact that people would think that I was another materialistic product of capitalistic norms. Which in some sense I am but I'm also a product of other things. Now I wonder why I have to justify anything at all to anyone. Simply put it's because of the cliche image of what fashion is especially when you're not white. I feel that a white girl as depicted by both magazines and current street style blogs such as look book can be anything. In being anything she will rise to prominence for being varied, different and liberal. But if you're not white, if you're black like me no one expects you dress past a certain class. Karl Marx tempered the eternal struggle between the proletariat and the owners.
This continues in fashion. Not just in terms of having capital but in controlling the means that people have both physically and otherwise. The controlled images of Blackness in fashion and the so called variety of black girls and their style there is still a narrowness perpetuated. This can be seen in the question of who the fashion world supposes the black consumer is. It's quite obvious in the fact that you will consistently see a token sort of black girl in ads for both high and low brands. Jourdan Dunn can be a Topshop girl and Balmain - but there is never more than one face because that would denote that access is occurring for more than one type of person at a time - unless the collections theme is jungle, Africa or tribally weighted. Then you'll see more mixed black people than you knew could possibly be casted at once.
Of course there are grand issues of over consumerism and the like but I think we should also think about why there is the implicit classist notion about certain items of clothing and the people we aren't surprised to see wearing them.
IMAGES BY GELLINE