A year and a half ago, The Other began a project for a documentary series on contemporary and traditional dress in emerging countries entitled:
“Dora, The Style Explorer / Fashion Without Borders”
We very much wanted to translate the spirit of The OTHER into a video format.
Our concept: discover a new country through its dress culture in each episode.
When it comes to style, too much is never enough for Fayette Hauser. As an original member of the celebrated acid freak hippie drag queen troupe known as The Cockettes, and one of its few biological females, Fayette’s flamboyant and artistic style fused drag, performance art, rock ’n’ roll and psychedelia. This imaginative and theatrical approach to dress and life was the hallmark of The Cockettes, who exploded onto the counterculture scene of Haight Ashbury in San Francisco in the late Sixties.
Having grown up on the East Coast, Fayette was just coming of age when the underground of the Sixties was beginning to emerge. In search of freedom, adventure and alternatives, like many others of her generation, Fayette headed west to California and landed in San Francisco in 1968. There she was to meet the people with whom she would form The Cockettes, a short-lived yet incredibly prolific collective and cultural phenomenon embodying the revolutionary spirit of the times through radical self-expression, alternative living, free love, psychedelia – and more glitter than you could ever imagine.
As a sequel to THE Other’s special story on The Cockettes and ahead of the launch of Fayette’s upcoming book on The Cockettes, we decided to dive deeper into Fayette’s story and life as a Cockette.
Do you know what people wear in Ghana?
The traditional fabric of Ghana is known as Kente (no, not all of Africa wears wax prints!). It is made from cotton and silk, and if we’re telling you about Kente, that’s because we’re crazy for its geometric patterns interwoven as bold colourful panels! Celebrating the same spirit as The OTHER, the young fashion brand High Life Tailored is having fun modernising this traditional fabric.
Dancing and partying are universal. But in the underground free party scene, these activities become a radical form of expression. Although often misrepresented by the mainstream media and cracked down upon by authorities, the free party scene is still very much alive and stomping.
It now has something of its own portrait: “Out Of Order”, an incredible photographic reportage created by Qatar-born photographer and raver Molly MacIndoe, which began in 1997 and documents over a decade of illegal raves and teknivals in countries such as Britain, France and the Czech Republic.
In the highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a place often referred to as the “roof of Africa”, the Basotho blanket rules style. Effortless and chic, this rustic woollen garment is named after its people - the Basotho or Sotho, who settled in Lesotho around the 16th century and are one of the major ethnic groups within South Africa. Both beautiful and functional, the Basotho blanket is popular amongst all classes of society – from miners and herdsmen to the King and Queen of Lesotho.
Fashion is undeniably integral to Hip-Hop culture today. What kind of rapper doesn’t have his or her own streetwear line?
But if mixing Hip-Hop and fashion now seems natural and even conventional, let’s not forget that this idea was totally unique and innovative not so long ago. A trio of graffiti artists from New York known as the Shirt Kings are at the origin of this idea. In the Eighties, Edwin “Phade” Sacasa, Rafael “Kasheme” Avery, and Clyde “Nike” Harewood began transferring their passion for graffiti from the surface of trains to the surface of t- shirts!
Fabric became their new canvas and soon enough, the Shirt Kings were translating street culture and street art onto clothes, becoming the first to commercialise their graffiti. Welcome to the birth of the streetwear concept!