“Tailoring Cultural Change in the 1960s: Pierre Cardin’s Cylinder Suit Jacket” (2018) is published by the Fashion Studies Journal with an illustration by Rachel Kinnard.
Though the Cylinder suit jacket itself saw limited sales, Cardin used it to set a mass market template that allowed him to incorporate influences from outside the fashion capitals of Paris, London, Milan, and New York. Democratizing fashion in this way reinvigorated the menswear industry through the ideas it communicated: new-look masculinity, cultural inclusivity, and a massive generational shift. Read more here.
What does it mean to be an activist? On the basest level, it means promoting social change by raising awareness about an issue or idea. Activism is often depicted in historical narratives through larger-than-life figures and mass movements. But the greatest activism takes place when ordinary individuals work to connect with others on a one-on-one level. From those small gestures, hope transforms into promise for everyone. Director Matthew Cooke (How to Make Money Selling Drugs) and I discussed this interpersonal activist approach as it appears in his latest documentary project, Survivors Guide to Prison (2018). Read more here.
“Jason Filiatrault Talks Physics, Thomas Middleditch, and Entanglement” (2018) is published by Cinephellas.com.
Quantum entanglement is the physical phenomenon that occurs when particles or groups of particles bond and remain interconnected wherever they travel. Jason Filiatrault explores this concept in his first feature-length film script, Entanglement (2018). He even made the case for quantum entanglement when discussing the forces that brought us together for an interview: “The number of events that had to happen for this conversation to occur are infinitesimal. The farther back you go, the more impossible this conversation becomes. And yet here we are.” Read more here.
“I Have a Confession to Make: My Struggle with Whiteness” is an essay published in the anti-racist anthology titled What Does it Mean to be White in America?: Breaking the White Code of Silence (2016).
This personal essay describes my experiences trying to understand and deconstruct white privilege. Preview the book here.