Letter from the editor HTSI: fashion for everyone, forever


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HTSI editor Jo Ellison © Marili Andre

I met Sinéad Burke for the first time, Esthete of this week, many years ago in a parking lot at the Galway Arts Festival. She was then an elementary school teacher and author of a style blog called Minnie Mélange, and it was only clear in a short conversation that she had a rare insight into the fashion industry and the power of clothing to project things we think about. we are. As an advocate for people like herself who live with a disability, she fully understood how much access to the world she loved was denied.

In the years which followed this first meeting, I often saw Sinéad. Long ago, she gave up the Minnie nickname to work under her own name as an accessibility advocate and speaker, and settled herself at the very center of the fashion world. She became the first little person to attend the Met Gala Ball in 2019; she sits on the advisory board of Chime For Change, the gender equality campaign founded by Gucci. she gave a speech from Ted, writing a children’s book, worked with the Duchess of Sussex and spent time with the Presidents.

Which begs the question: why is fashion important to a woman who might pursue a career in politics or elsewhere on the world stage? Her reason for sticking to the exclusive world of luxury, she says, is simple. If you can find ways to encourage accessibility and show the value of the disability community within an industry that exists to be inaccessible, you can capitalize on that success and transform any industry, no. anywhere.

The story of Sinéad is inspiring, but it is also a story that began with universal concern. She wanted to find clothes and shoes that fit her well, fit her well, and were comfortable to wear. Over the past few months, his campaign for inclusiveness has grown stronger and more powerful and his voice is just one of many now advocating for change. Many of these voices are also heard in Alexander Fury’s article. “Meet the unsung stars of American fashion”, which traces an alternative route through American fashion history to celebrate some of its lesser-known names. The next Met Museum In America: a fashion lexicon is something we can be quick to mull over – we all think we understand the essence of American style. But, as Alex points out, just behind the American brand giants we know by first names are a host of other design names – Stephen Burrows, Patrick Kelly, Isaac Mizrahi, and Andre Walker – who have all helped shape our understanding of simplicity, a utilitarian spirit that permeates its design signatures, and whose influence is only growing today.

The late Patrick Kelly with his models in Paris, 1987

The late Patrick Kelly with his models in Paris, 1987 © Julio Donoso / Sygma / Getty Images

The cowboy boot on the catwalk at Isabel Marant

The cowboy boot on the catwalk at Isabel Marant

Would I wear a cowboy boot? It’s a subject that I ask myself periodically, usually after a season of shows where a proliferation of Cuban heels and topstitching has taken hold of us again. This season the boots were very present again and so convincing that I found myself asking Derek Blasberg for a decision as to whether a non-Texan native could actually pull off a pair. Proud son of St. Louis, Missouri – and so dedicated to the cause of cowboy tailoring that he made it the theme of his 30th birthday on the family farm – Blasberg is an advocate for cowboy boots in all contexts, and in his first piece for HTSI it offers an unabashed yes to the trend (“Can you take off the cowboy boot?” “). Meanwhile, I now waddle a pair of Isabel Marant boots on the virtual shopping cart. Damn, given this Americana season, I might buy a western shirt as well.

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