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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 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 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.

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 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 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.
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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 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 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.

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Episodes

DCC 35: Gigi Castorina "Everyday Vintage at Gigi's House of Frills!"

6/29/2016
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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...

Duration: 00:59:15


DCC 34: Amazon Syren "Little House on the Orchestral Pagan Folk Metal Prairie"

5/31/2016
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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...

Duration: 01:09:30


DCC 33: Femme Space Amanda Arkansassy Harris

5/4/2016
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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 portraitsin her EXODUS series. Her photographs have been published in Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Galaxy, G.R.I.T.S.: An...

Duration: 00:36:42


DCC 32: Crystal Kotow

3/8/2016
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Crystal is a fat activist who moved from fashion blogging to tackling more contested spaces in fat feminist thought: cultural hatred of fat bodies; and how fatphobia can manifest as violence in intimate partner relationships. She's in her second year of a PhD gender, feminist and women's studies. One of many nice things about Crystal is she seems to look pulled together effortlessly....which belies her thoughtful and reflexive approach to fashion, fatshion, getting dressed and fat...

Duration: 00:54:18


DCC 31: Jenna Danchuk "New Age Vamp"

1/12/2016
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Jenna Danchuk is a writer, researcher, and occasional maker of things. Jenna Danchuk is an Assistant Editor for Spiral Nature, a magazine style website dedicated to alternative spiritualities, practical magick, and exploring occulture. She is also a PhD student in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies program at York University where she studies the role of cultural production in feminist witchcraft and magical communities. Jenna is a former Associate Editor of WORN Fashion Journal and...

Duration: 01:04:01


DCC 30: Vivek Shraya "What I'm doing is not about a performance"

10/22/2015
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Vivek Shraya is a multimedia artist living in Toronto with strong ties to prairie malls. She's produced 10 albums, written 3 books (with 2 more set for release next year) and created 4 short films, all to great acclaim. She talked to me about the production of art, how performance grounds her, Her debut novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. A three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek has read and performed at shows, festivals and...

Duration: 00:59:13


DCC 29: Andrea Zanin "More butch...and more femme"

9/27/2015
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I'm baaaaack this week with Andrea Zanin, a butch/femme academic and leatherwoman who writes prolifically and teaches about BDSM/Leather/kink, power dynamics, non-monogamy and queer sexuality. She's also pursuing a PhD in Gender Feminist and Women's studies (I didn't realize when I booked her that we're in the same program!) --and her thesis is about Canadian leatherdyke history. Andrea's erotic short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies. Her online home is here....

Duration: 01:04:00


DCC 28: Mimi Thi Nguyen "New Wave Party Girl....or Monster HIgh Doll"

7/29/2015
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Mimi Thi Nguyen is an associate professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois. Her research interests are war, empire and...zines! I first encountered her work via her amazing blog (a collaboration with Minh Ha T Pham) called Threadbared. Her zine work includes Slander, Race Riot(that link is to a pdf made possible by the POC zine project!), and a couple years ago Guillotine Pressput out a chapbook called PUNK, a conversation beween Golnar...

Duration: 00:56:14


DCC 27: Zoe Dodd "You're cool, stay weird, don't change"

7/8/2015
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Another park interview! Zoe's an aspiring orthinologist and all the birds came out to see her. She's a harm reduction and hep C worker very dedicated to anti-poverty and social justice activism. Anarcho-feminism FTW! She's a long term participant and contributor to Toronto's hardcore punk scene which informs her look. She also DJs sometimes and guests on the CIUT show Equalizing Distort. We discussed her DIY punk style, although she acknowledged a hippie side and her admiration of her...

Duration: 00:57:33


DCC 26: Sam Conover "Lady Drag"

6/17/2015
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Sam Conover dresses in deliberately modest and traditionally 'feminine' style which borrows from 1940s to early 1960s styles....she calls it "lady drag". She also clarifies that she's going for a modest 'mumsy' look that is more 1950s housewife than pin up girl. She's a bra fitter, lingerie enthusiast, artist, blogger and conservatist specializing in plastics. We talked about feminism, body positivity (what else is new), plus 'normcore', catcaling, and dressing to make people happy...or is...

Duration: 00:56:09


DCC 25: Imbyr "Power....and Control"

5/31/2015
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I got to do my first park interview of 2015 with Imbyr, who describes their style as 'transmasculine harshfemme' and is obsessed with wrestling, dogs, and reading (mostly sci-fi). They are a health sciences student and the vocalist for Antibody, a gay doom sludge band based in Toronto. We talked about misandry, camp/kitsch and John Waters, short shorts and crop tops, and (how could i forget) WRESTLING. ‘Find power in your clothing, and if people think that’s ugly, fuck them. Yeah, just...

Duration: 00:59:43


DCC 24: Dre Ngozi & Jade Lee Hoy (aka Hilary and Denise) "Find your tribe a

5/6/2015
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It was fun and inspiring to talk toDre Ngozi and Jade Lee Hoy of Toronto's clothing projectHilary & Denise.Hilary and Denisecelebrates and pays tribute to women of colour using pre-loved clothing to cultivate self expression that incorporates culture. Dre and Jade named the project for 90s sitcom queens HIlary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel Air which ran from 1990-1996), and Denise Huxtable (The Cosby Show 1984-1992). Both Jade and Dre remember seeing Hilary and Denise's characters as unique...

Duration: 01:03:42


DCC 23 Merritt Kopas "Patti Smith Cyber Waif"

4/20/2015
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Merritt Kopas is a multimedia artist, video game designer and writer whosefocus of interest is digital play as an access for exploring care relationships. Her first book came out in April 2015, Videogames for Humans, published by Instar Books. She also contributed to another recent book, the State of Play. She curatesthe online project Forest Ambassadorwhere her focus is on free and accessible and innovative games. She also kills it on twitter @m_kopas and you can find her work online at...

Duration: 00:45:55


DCC Episode 21: Shannon Shaw (Shannon and the Clams) "Eccentric Homemaker m

3/24/2015
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Shannon Shaw almost catfished me, but I finally got to talk to her between recording the new Clams album and touring! She told me about the books that keep her worrying about serial killers, her love of illustration, metal smithing and girl bands including the Ronettes! She is a black eyeliner afficianado and likes a good beehive but isn't going 'full banana' on any one look. Her influences include girl groups, John Waters' heroines, Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck, and her own basic aversion...

Duration: 00:48:45


Dress Code Cracker Episode 20: Laina Dawes "Conservative with an Edge"

3/9/2015
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Laina Dawes is the author ofWhat Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal(Bazillion Points, 2012).What Are You Doing Here?is Laina’s first non-fiction book and the first non-fiction, general interest book to specifically focus on race, gender and identity in metal, hardcore and punk music cultures. Laina is also a freelance music and cultural critic whose writing can be found in print and online magazines, and she is currently a 2nd year graduate student at...

Duration: 00:57:40


DCC Episode 19: Virgie Tovar "Miss PIggy meets RuPaul" #losehatenotweight

2/17/2015
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I was introduced to the work of VIrgie Tovar by way of reading about body politics a few years back. I picked up her book"Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on LIfe, Loveand Fashion"and I loved how she and the essayists in the book connected fat fashion to political activism. She's one of North America's leading voices on fat discriminsation and body image, and has been featured inNew York Times, MTV, Al Jazeera, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Jezebel,...

Duration: 01:09:56


DCC Episode 18: Liza Kelly "I like to bounce between different eras"

2/3/2015
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Theatrical costuming student and vintage clothing expert Liza Kelly told me where the 'weird shit' is this episode of the show! We talked about her love of film (old musicals, Fellini, Ken Russell, Terry Giliam), classic sitcoms (Rhoda and Maude), plus the ballet! She loves bright colours and eclectic vintage and has no use for mass market. We talked about 'bouncing between the eras'--how time and culture remix the fashions of each decade. Please go to dresscodecracker.comfor pictures and...

Duration: 01:08:47


DCC Episode 17: Charm Torres "Lazy Glam"

1/11/2015
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Charm Torres describes her style as "lazy glam", but it's hard to reconcile the word lazy with this woman! She has two careers she is passionate about, one in LGBT health care and a second as a make up artist (freelance and with MAC). She takes her inspiration from queer femme culture, POC street style....and of course Solange and Rhianna. We talked about queerness, race, #selfies and how rape culture influences women's fashion choices. Please check out Charm on instagram where she...

Duration: 00:50:57


DCC Episode 16: Alia O'Brien from Blood Ceremony

12/14/2014
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Alia is the vocalist, flautist and organist for Blood Ceremony--a hard/occult/horror rock band based in Toronto. They've also aptly been called 'witch rock'. She describes her style as 'what you might have worn to a Black Sabbath show in 1972', and talked about dressing for the stage and for the real world; including putting on a persona for performance. She's a bell bottom, platform shoe enthusiast who looks to Tina Turner circa the late 60s; and Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum for her stage...

Duration: 00:59:53


DCC Episode 15: Matthew Simpson

10/27/2014
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I interviewed Matthew for a crazy long time earlier in the fall (edited down dear listener)--mainly because, not only does he have a terrific 'telephone voice', but he also has funny and refreshingly uncensored opinions on things. TThis is a guy who thinks about fashion, and clothes, about construction and about what makes people get dressed they way they do. He may look like your neighbourhood drug dealer, but don't be fooled. www.dresscodecracker.com Thanks Matthew!

Duration: 01:10:06

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