Interpretation of Intersectionality

Societies across the world contain various unique cultural value system that in most cases are discriminative to certain members within it. The social ranking of the society in the world tend to uphold certain racial, class, gender, economic, social and religious classifications over others, and as such, continually create avenues through which people can be discriminated upon. In the west the society for most of its historical context has always exalted the male white man over other people women, children, and cripples, are subject to male laws and way of life. Additionally, aspects such as race, wealth, culture and religion play an important role in the male white man’s society. in the west the typical male white man has upheld certain Christian values that in turn tend to sideline all others who do not adhere to them, difference in cultures also play an important role as it further creates an new avenue to uphold discrimination and present a form of separation, class and gender also serve to divide people and the more money a person has the more influence they get with regards to their needs and wants, finally race come in to overall create intrinsic divisions within the society and thus present people with visible means that can be taken advantage of to discriminate. Essentially, intersectionality implies that a person’sopinion matters comparative to your identity and where your identity ranks in the hierarchy of the societal value system.

Intersectionality concerns Identity politics and in effect overlapping characteristics that predispose an individual to discrimination from various entities within the society. A person exists within the society from different levels, they are described and situated within their community with effect of their gender, age, race, culture, religion, nationality of origin among others. Communities often organize along similarity lines and shun their differences. Kaiser identifies that most people in the society associate and create their identity based on their differences. Essentially cultures are described and thrive on the otherness they give out instead of the similarities they presume. As such discrimination tends to occur in cases where people create different categories of people and rank hierarchy of needs. Most of the frameworks establish within the society will be manipulated to recognize the dominant group and in most cases overlook the lesser groups with regards to social justice. Kaiser posits that “subject positions cannot be totally separate to one another; they intersect in complex ways”. A black woman would therefore be discriminated with regards to first her gender and age within her own community, her religious beliefs will also be part of what create avenues for discrimination within and without her community. She will further be discriminated for her race, gender, age, culture and religion from without her community creating an intersection nature of categorization based on social, political, cultural and economic reasons from which she can be discriminated upon.

Intersectionality does not entail discrimination but can best be explain under stances of discrimination. Intersectionality therefore entails, categories of identity that help identify a person to another group of people and foster their own individuality within a diverse society.


Kaiser., Susan. 2011. “Chapter 2: Intersectional, Transnational Fashion Subjects Fashion andCultural Studies. Oxford: Berg Publishers.

Stamper, Kory. 2018. “A Brief, Convoluted History of the Word ‘Intersectionality’”. The Cut.

Christopher Breward’s aphorisms from his foreword to Fashion Studies

     I chose the first aphorism that “Fashion is intensely personal, in the same way, that poetry is intensely personal. It is a medium through which personal stories can be told, memories re-lived and futures foretold” from Christopher Breward’s aphorisms (Breward). This particular aphorism has stated that fashion can be transformed into a platform to communicate with people on a personal level. In many levels, fashion provides the freedom and space for creativity and imagination for each individual to express who they are. From the dressing sense alone, one can know more about the person and what kind of dreams and memories they uphold. I agree with this particular aphorism of Christopher Breward as I too believe the fashion as a signature for the people to express their individualism to people. Fashion can be wielded as a powerful weapon to signify the dreams and memories of the people.

           The second aphorism that I chose from Christopher Breward’s aphorisms is “Fashion does not define. It is instead a term that demands definition” (Breward). I also agree with the second aphorism since it defines and determines the fluidity of the whole fashion field. Fashion can never be constrained in an individual’s or a group’s work; instead, the definitive creative’s work can help to expand the whole scope and definition of fashion. Other than that, fashion is something that we deal directly or indirectly, even in the clothes we wear in our daily lives. It changes over a period of time and can be extremely different from individual to individual. In these regards, each individual is the vessel carrying around the spark of fashion to it, and when the fashion is molded and adjusted with change and alterations from each individual, it shows how each subject has the power to define the fashion. However, it does not work vice-versa since each individual is still subject to personal freedom of choosing what to wear

Bridge 4:Studio2

Hi everyone my name is Olivia, my major is fashion design. I come from Shanghai, China. Have you ever had this kind of idea, every time arrive a new season to feel oneself seem to have no clothes to wear, but clearly have a lot of old clothes of last year in the closet, buy new clothes and have no place to put then how should do. I am really interesting about now we have a lot of clothing brand, They produce a lot of clothes every season. I wonder what these brands will do with these old clothes that can’t be sold.

In the seminar, I am researching on how does fast fashion affect the environment. Through the investigation, I found that fast fashion brands do great harm to the environment. They will sell the over-produced clothes to consumers by way of discount in the season change, but even then they cannot sell all the clothes. Some brands burn unsellable clothes.

In the studio, though I do the research in bridge 3 I see a lot of artist use different format to show how they thought the fast fashion affect the environment I was impressed. Their works can be divided into two categories: one is to let you see how much clothes you waste, and the other is to transform old clothes. However, I want my works to be seen by people, and they will not only be forgotten after seeing them for a while but can be used forever. So I decided to make clothes recycling bin. When others see it, they can throw in what they don’t need or take what they need from it. In the process of making it, I wanted to make it into humanoid garbage can at first, but I failed due to time constraints, so I tried my best to find the garbage can I am using now. Then I made a garbage cover, using all the leftover materials and clothes I did not wear to reorganize it, and also implemented a recyclable purpose. If I have more time to do this project I will make a big trash bin by myself and put more clothes on it.

process photo:

Final piece:


put in public;




Studio2_Bridge 3

Research question: How does fast fashion affect the environment?

In my seminar class, my research is about how fast fashion affect the environment so as we all know the fast fashion brand has a large problem with overproducing. It is a harm to the environment to know a lot of useless rubbish.  So thought my project I want to show that so when other people see my work they can have the same feeling with me or maybe different feeling but they can thinking abut from themselves.

Four artistic:

Fast fashion, Tom Warren, Installation, Size: 48 W x 168 H x 48 in,

This is Fast fashion Installation By Tom Warren, the artist thinks Fast fashion’ and the rise of globalization has created a culture of disposable clothing, exploiting low-wage workers in third world countries and is environmentally unsustainable. In an age of uncontrolled consumerism and devotion to materialism, retail chains have proliferated at an alarming rate over the last decade. This interactive sculpture is made by bundling an accumulation of garments and objects into a boulder-like form. The process of making/ moving it becomes extremely heavy and labor intensive, reflecting the culture of ‘fast fashion’.

This is public art is in Alki beach, Seattle made by  Electric Coffin art studio, all the clothes they used all from Value Village. Value Village Savers, a for-profit global thrift retailer that delivers high-quality, modest apparel, accessories, and household products, applies a repeating business model. This program wants to encourage people to recycle and donate their clothes doesn’t wear.


WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH: Craig Reucassel with fashion waste in his ABC television series War On Waste.

The artist shows Every 10 minutes how many clothes we can though away.

Blood Mountain created by Suzie Blake. Suzie fond most of the woman working on the Garment factory and they face a lot of woman rights problem and she knows that fast fashion also damages the environment so she made this Installation.

3 examples

Shirtwaist Waste: Landfill Slice by Joyce Watkins King.

When did jeans become fast fashion? (detail) by Joyce Watkins King.

by Joyce Watkins King.

mood board:

Four material:

Clothes, Trash, Paper bag, any leftover material

Sketch ideal:

So for bridge 4, I want to use people wasting clothes to cut and remade a new dress.



Let me start the question with How does fast fashion affect the environment? When I see this question I was thinking what some bad thing the brand did to the environment?  I believe that not everyone knows what is happened what fast fashion does make them keeping to buying clothes from them. Fast fashion brand The rate of update is very fast, they keep making a lot of new products for people, While meeting consumer demand, they also have large inventories of their own. Their overproduction also poses a threat to the environment. On the other hand, businesses in the fast fashion industry are very unlikely to adopt a proactive approach to release information for the general public to know how fast fashion will influence the environment.



bridge2: wearable piece

The art I selected from the Brooklyn Museum is JamianJuliano’s “Three Penny Opera”. My research question is about fast fashion, so when I see this art it impresses me. You can see the artist put the pop-art and art history together, and the “Madole ” it is walking on the runway but carry the plastic bag and paper bag, but when every time we watch a runway show it is really fancy and beautiful we don’t think about the environment. So from this art makes me think how the fast fashion effect with the environment? Do we have access to all of the information to know how it affects the environment? So I decided to use fast fashion brand clothes to be material.

This is the pieces I choose from fast fashion brand, This cloth I am not longer to wear it.

This is the picture I working.

This is the final piece look like, I change the shirt to be a woman top. As you can see the right said I put a lot of receipts and a plastic bag having a lot of leftover material in the side I want to show that every time you buy a lot of clothes from the store you usually get along receipt do you remember where you put it? And the right side I made some decorate but everything I used is leftover material.




Sem 2:Brooklyn Museum

The art I selected from the Brooklyn Museum is JamianJuliano’s “Three Penny Opera”. My research question is about fast fashion, so when I see this art it impresses me. You can see the artist put the pop-art and art history together, and the “Madole ” it is walking on the runway but carry the plastic bag and paper bag, but when every time we watch a runway show it is really fancy and beautiful we don’t think about the environment. So from this art makes me think how the fast fashion effect with the environment? Do we have access to all of the information to know how it affects the environment?

Studio 2:Bridge 1

This is my first time to make loom, I really like I think it is really interesting. One of the biggest difficulties I had, when I was building my work, was that I couldn’t keep track of the length of the thread, and I often wound the thread together, which wasted a lot of my time, and because it was my first time, when I wanted to try to weave something new, it wasn’t always satisfying. I use wool to knit my works because I want to bring a warm feeling when people see and touch it, it is comfortable and warm. In my poetry behind the start is a kind of sad feeling but it took me more cheerful statement, just like my work I use a lot of black, when you look at the first you will feel black is very outstanding, but I use the small area near the different bright colors, see like the other colors in black gradually infection.

This is link to my Poem.

Poem and questions

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