What is interrupt bag? It’s a raffle, it’s an ad campaign, it’s a provocative mash-up of high fashion and conscious literature. All proceeds fund Interrupt Mag, a non-hierarchical, anti consumerist, inclusive fashion magazine for the (un)scene I started with a group of inspirational media makers last year.
But for me it’s also a personal project. I haven’t been able to find the words to explain or bridge what seem to be two separate lives I’ve been leading for the last decade.
In one, I value everything intellectual, well researched, feminist, anti-racist, political and activist. I went to Columbia over six years to fit an undergrad degree in between fashion shoots. I run a creative agency in Brooklyn that works to tell the stories, and grow the power, of creatives and activists working in the margins. And I care very much about rigorous evaluation and constant conversation.
In another, I value the superficial, the ornate, the entertaining, and the paycheck. I’ve worked as a model since turning 16. I do not disparage or disrespect this work - it is popular, creative, engaging, and powerful. The fashion industry is full of friends.
But how can I compromise my deep respect for the Marxist womanists of the 1970s, the alternative community organizers and artist-activists I see making change today without access to wealth, fame, or fate?
I don’t know the answer, and maybe these images will provoke or spark some debate. Maybe they will be seen as irreverent? Or maybe someone will start to give a fuck for fashion.
If this raffle works to raise funds, I’ll make this a monthly give away. Interrupt’s rotating editors will use the $$ to create radical aesthetic alternatives to mainstream fashion and commission contributors.