Gloss over This: Tatiana Maslany

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Maslany–who proudly identifies as a feminist–is not afraid to rebel against the “normal” expectations of young actresses either […] This sense of defiance came at an early age. “As a girl, you’re seen as silly and weak,” she says. “I didn’t want to be associated with that.” But with time, Maslany has tempered her view. “I’ve recognized so much internalized misogyny in my life [through] what I’ve done…especially in terms of how I look at other girls and myself, and the way [I used to] consider feminine qualities to be lesser than masculine ones.”

  • Tatiana Maslany in “On a Role” by Elio Iannacci in FASHION November 2016

London Rainbow: Fall 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Fall 2016 collections from London–based female designers!

RED

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Above: J. JS Lee Fall 2016

ORANGE

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Above: Victoria, Victoria Beckham Fall 2016

YELLOW

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Above: Pringle of Scotland Fall 2016

GREEN

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Above: Ashley Williams Fall 2016

BLUE

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Above: Anya Hindmarch Fall 2016

INDIGO

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Above: Roksanda Fall 2016

VIOLET

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Above: Mary Katrantzou Fall 2016

Obscure Feminist Halloween Costumes: So Necessary, So Much Fun

Are you looking for a under-the-radar Halloween costume? C’mon, everyone and their baby is going as Eleven this year.

Maybe you just want to try a new look this Halloween.

Maybe you really want to make minimal effort–add a wig (but no complicated makeup, please)

Maybe you want to wear a slightly-different pair of pants that you wouldn’t normally buy but need an excuse (and Halloween is that excuse).

Never fear, The Closet Feminist has got your back.

GROUP IDEA COSTUME

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One of the girl gangs (Electro Phi Betas, anyone?) from this list of Girl Gang music videos.

Better yet, Clone Club it up with our Orphan Black style guide (Part 1 & Part 2)

WHAT WOULD PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM OR MARCELINE WEAR IRL?

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Add a pink or long black wig to any of these looks and casually mention you’re either Marcy or PB “off duty“.

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Above: Rebecca Taylor Resort 2017

Check out our ultimate style homage to your fave cartoon couple here.

SOPHISTICATED ROCK STAR

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Ditch the cliche leather and bed-head, instead why don’t you emulate one of Santi White‘s polished looks in her “Chasing Shadows” video instead.

MIYAZAKI ANTI-HERO

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Above: Comme des Garcons Spring 2016 

No Face? The Witch of the Waste? Think about it–a lot of the costumes based on Miyazaki characters are actually easy to pull off or at least do an abstract interpretation of.

SOMEWHAT-OBSCURE LITERARY REFERENCE

A lot of books have descriptions of what the characters are wearing, it’s what our Bibliostyle column is all about. Mashup your bookworm tendencies with your amazing wardrobe and dress up as one of your lesser-known literary heroines like:

Miri from White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

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Above: Alexander McQueen Resort 2016

Emma from An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch

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Above: Veronique Branquinho Fall 2015

Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Above: Dice Kayek Couture Spring 2016

Best of Catherynne M. Valente’s “Deathless”

Catherynne M. Valente is one of my favourite writers of all time. I have read almost everything she has written. She’s a feminist, her books always have queer characters, and her writing is nothing short of magic. She’s pretty much The Closet Feminist dream.

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Here are some of my favourite quotes from her book Deathless.

When Marya saw something extraordinary again, she would be ready. She would be clever. She would not let it ruler her or trick her. She would do the tricking, if tricking was called for. (p.24)

When I am Tsarita, I will break all these machines and I will set them free. (p.110)

A marriage is a private thing. It has its own wild laws, and secret histories, and savage acts, and what passes between married people is incomprehensible to outsiders. We look terrible to you, and severe, and you see our blood flying, but what we carry between us is hard-won, and we made it just as we wished it to be, just the color, just the shape. (p.215-216)

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This house, she knew. It stayed within her as it had always been, the architecture of her girlhood. The wood held the oils of her skin deep in its grain; the windows still bore the imprint—long gone, invisible—of her tiny nose. (p.239)

I cannot make you understand that I forgive you, that I know you loved both he and I, the way a mother can love two sons. And no one should be judged for loving more than they ought, only for loving not enough, which was my crime. (p.320)

New York Rainbow: Fall 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Fall 2016 collections from New York–based female designers!

RED

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Above: Vivienne Tam Fall 2016

ORANGE

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Above: Kate Spade New York Fall 2016

YELLOW

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Above: Marchesa Notte Fall 2016

GREEN

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Above: M Missoni Fall 2016 

BLUE

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Above: Anna Sui Fall 2016

INDIGO

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Above: Marchesa Fall 2016

VIOLET

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Above: Carolina Herrera Fall 2016

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