2. Fashion

On Timeframes & the Subjectivity of Comfort

It took me considerably longer than I had anticipated to save up the funds to print this fashion issue. As the months went by I realized I had an issue with fashion: What does it mean to be current or seasonally accurate when something is realized many months after its conception? Big fashion houses forecast like 3 years in advance. How can anyone know what they will be into in 3 years? Our cells regenerate at such a rate that our bodies will be composed of 50% entirely different matter 3 years from now! I only know what I want to wear the day I put it on. Fashion is the most personal and subjective of expressions.

It’s funny what things make you feel like you are expressing yourself. I tend to think I’m making a statement when I wear my pajamas to the grocery store. Am I a Big Lebowski style wasteoid or cutting edge normcore? So easy to keep ‘em guessing! I guess the point is that being comfortable in your body–and, by association, the materials covering it–is the essence of fashion.

Comfort is subjective also. In the 1980’s someone asked Michael Jackson why he wore tape around his fingers during performances. His answer was that it was comfortable. I totally get that. Sometimes the most comfortable thing is to wear a complicated skintight onesie, other times it’s jammie-jams in Ralph’s. I have had whole months where it felt right to wear a roll of blue masking tape like a bracelet on my upper arm. You have to just honor these impulses without judgment.

Kate Johnston
Los Angeles, November 2014 


Adam Overton
hot topics for hot pockets (2010), p.37

Andrew Berardini
Denim, p.1920

Ania Diakoff
& Laura Bernstein

Play Pant, p.27–33

Bailey Salisbury
Psycho Fabrics A-Z, p.54–58

Bethany Ayres
Leather Pants, p.8 

Betty Nguyen
Joan Armatrading’s “No Nonsense
” p.22–23,
Gold Kelley #1 p.60,

Calvin Marshall
untitled, p.24

Chantal deFelice
Unbalance Him With Your Fury, p.7

Christina Sanchez
Hot Pants, p.54–58

Cindy Rehm
Action Pants, p.53

Divided Daughters
Adverts, p.2 & 62

Edith Abeyta
Poetry Pants No.1
(A Life Sentence
by Janet Frame),

Eileen Hsu
How to Try On a Pair of Jeans, p.38

Frau Fiber
& Carole Frances Lung

The Fashion of Mending, p.67

Gilda Davidian
Taking up Arms, p.20–21

Harpreet Kaur
Antsy, p.63

Jiro Maestu
Fuzzy Pants, Cover

Katherine Fontaine
What Happened After
Cargo Shorts
, p. 16–18

Kodi Fabricant
Not Clean Not Dirty, p.36

Leah Dieterich
A Pattern for Living, p.40

Liz Plambeck
Some Thoughts on Being a
Pants Maker
, p.8

Masato Nakada
Musical Chair, p.59,
The Pants Dance, p.61

Matt MacFarland
“Dark Pants,” Panel, p.6

Advert, Back Cover

Sisterhood, p.43–52

Reb L Limerick
Ants In ALL My Pants, p.66

Rowena Sartin
Leg Frames, p.11–15

Sarah M. Balcomb
A Formula for Fiction, p.39

Thea Lorentzen
Ants, p.66