Fashion, Paper, and Femininity: Isabelle de Borchgrave

While studying art & culture in London in 2014, I spent an amazing day at Tate Modern and came across a poster so sarcastic, I thought it was serious at first. The poster, created by Guerrilla Feminism, is called "The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist." I bought it for my best friend & woman artist, Shelby Kay. A great deal of Guerrilla Feminism's work focuses on women in the fine arts, the limited recognition they receive, and the exploitation of female bodies in the arts (see: "Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met. Museum?"). So when I saw there was an entire exhibit at The Four Arts Society dedicated to female artist, Isabelle de Borchgrave, I jumped at the opportunity to support a fellow woman in the arts. 

Isabelle de Borchgrave is a female artist famous for recreating historic garments and costumes with mind-boggling accuracy and attention to detail. Even more astounding is that these recreations of hers are made entirely out of PAPER and trampleoi. Her collection, Fashioning Art from Paper, is currently on tour in the U.S. Click here to find out where it'll be next and scroll through my favorite works below.

 

 

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This was a hysterical process, by the way. There is something completely unnerving about talking into a camera that's not even live, like you've got a whole audience instead of just your friend in the corner operating the camera. But we did it! We split a bottle of champagne (Excuse? It was a Sunday.) and had a ton of fun. Editing was another hell of a proccess. It had been so long since I'd used any software and for whatever reason, my computer thought it had no room for my final product. Talk about an OY to the VEY. If this looks a little grainy and sounds a little canned, it's because it is. The final product is actually brought to you by pirating my own content. Yup, since I couldn't save the final product to my computer, I played it on my computer and filmed the process from my iPhone and uploaded that to YouTube. Beyonce willing, it can only get better from here. It wouldn't be a proper first video if it wasn't a little embarrassing in quality, right??

The Shopper's Guide to Feelin' Yourself in the Dressing Room

 
 

There's nothing quite as depressing as trying clothing on in a dressing room and NOT FEELING YOURSELF IN ANYTHING. If you're looking to amp up your wardrobe (you picked the right time, btw, summer sale season is HERE and I am LIVING), don't go near a shopping center without feeling your best. YOU DESERVE TO BE FEELINYA FEELINYA FEELINYASELFFF. Here's what I do before I do any serious shopping:

  1. Put on proper undergarments. This usually means a laser cut pair of underwear and a nude strapless bra (with straps on) so you are ready for anything that goes on that sessy bod of yours.
  2. Wear some neutral faves. Your favorite jeans, some understated heels (lifts the butt and makes the legs look 100, hence FEELIN' YOURSELF), a top that'll go with everything (think white, cream, black, chambray, etc.)
  3. Slap some make up on because those lights are unforgiving as heck and you want to look ALIVE.
  4. Squirt some mousse in that hair and treat yourself to a scalp massage for some lusciously voluminous locks.
  5. Poop. I don't know what it is, but every time I set foot in a mall, I have to crap my pants. I don't know what it is. I KNOW I CAN'T BE THE ONLY ONE. So if you're like me, plan ahead, buy a coffee at the food court, and hang out for 20 minutes so you can poop PRIOR to taking off all your clothes in a small room 300 feet away from the nearest expertly hidden bathroom. You'll feel better, too, 'cuz those poop endorphins are real and a less bloated belly will do wonders for your shopping experience.

Samira + Lauren = Best Dressed Brides of All Time

I love weddings. They've got cake and excessive drinking! They're an excuse to buy expensive stuff and request time off! You get to see people you haven't seen in a million years! Travel to new places and do new things! I MEAN, WHAT A GOOD EXCUSE.

I ain't really the marrying kinda gal, but MAN, I love wedding stuff. Especially celebrity wedding stuff. OH, THE EXTRAVAGANCE! OH, THE GLAMOUR! OH, THE INTERNET STALKING. This weekend I stumbled upon an IG pic of Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli, of OITNB, from their wedding. Y'all. I'm gonna let you finish reading this post, but Samira and Lauren had the best wedding dresses of all time.

ALL. TIME.

ALL. TIME.

ALL. TIME.

Both dresses were custom designed by Christian Siriano. Lauren wore a majestic PANTSUIT with DETACHABLE CRYSTAL-BEDECKED CAPE AND I JUST CANNOTTTTTTTTT. Samira's dress had this Beauty and the Beast -tastic, off the shoulder swoopy-doo going on, a huge A-line skirt, and an Elizabethan deep-V bodice. Rumor has it the A-line skirt was DETACHABLE for the reception and replaced with a different skirt that had a little less going on.

BLESS YOUR BEAUTIFULLY DRESSED SOULS, YOU TWO. MAY YOU REVEL IN YOUR WEDDED BLISS FOR ALWAYS AND ETERRRRRNITYYYYY. Oh, and enjoy Disneyland.