19 November 2012
My friend Katrina just introduced me to this publication called Vestoj – meaning "clothing" in Esperanto – that discusses fashion from the points of view of industry, academia, and the museum world. Basically, it's pretty serious fashion talk. And in fact, that's number 3 in their Manifesto: "Fashion must always be taken seriously. We must never be afraid to have pretensions." Hmm. Published annually and free of advertising, so far there are 3 issues, with themes relating fashion with memory, fashion with magic, and fashion with shame. Definitely intrigued. I must admit that I'm always slightly suspicious of over-intellectualizing fashion... but when I saw photos from the launch of the Shame issue at Mens Paris fashion week, featuring performance artists with their skirts tucked into their underwear, my faith was restored. The publisher, former editor at Acne Paper, is going to be the featured speaker at a Creative Mornings session this Friday here in Stockholm, so we're planning to go to check it out. You know how I'm so not a morning person, but it's part of my new mission to take advantage of interesting events like this that are going on all the time, but that I always seem to miss. So hopefully I can overcome my natural tendencies and actually get out of bed to be there at 8 am! Apparently there's gonna be breakfast served too, which is always good incentive. Some wacky fashion performance wouldn't be a bad way to start the day, either!