Williwear Men’s Showroom – Williwear Ltd. – Fashion showroom and executive offices – New York, NY – USA – Interior of Willi Smith executive office
[Image Description: All white, sun flooded room with white bricks and cinderblocks half built along the wall, in piles on the floor, and making up the desk. There are three white chairs facing the desk in a semi circle with a white padded bench behind them against the wall, in the foreground, in front of the bench is a large wire trashcan that looks like it was pulled off an NYC street corner. In the foreground on the left side of the image, in front of the desk is an all white pallet on casters with a pile of white bricks staked on top, there is a framed drawing leaning against the wall behind the stack of bricks. The floor is white sanitary tile running vertically. Behind the desk, mostly clad in shadow is a low bookshelf with a sculpture which is visible only in silhouette and appears to be an organic shape suspended on a very 80’s post and platform. A black man sits behind the desk on the phone in a light blue t-shirt, wearing glasses and also partially obscured by shadow. The room feels as if it exists in frozen time, a white washed, post-apocalyptic, urban space which also feels intimate and staged in a dramatic and engaging way.]

I started Blind Archive_ to share from my research collection containing nearly 10,000 images.

Use or enjoyment of these images is now lost to me—thanks to my chronic illness. My disease has attacked my optic nerves, making what was previously cyclical-yet-temporary loss of vision constant and permanent since the morning of December 14th, 2017. Collected over years of working as a sales and pr grunt in luxury fashion, the archive covers decades of RTW, runway looks, vintage, reference garments, and print advertising.

Drawing on my work in Disability Studies and in researching, podcasting, and writing about the political economy of health—these essays attempt to imagine a post-market fashion world. In discussing and analyzing the ways in which fashion and aesthetics contribute to oppression, it becomes possible to begin to imagine what fashion might be like free of market-rule. It might seem like an impossible goal, post-capitalist fashion, but the point is not to answer the question of how to get there, but to simply ask what it might look like once we did.

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