At War in the World: Women’s suit jackets of the 1940s

This Katniss is from the Mockingjay sequence of the trilogy: This Katniss is openly and actively knocking down the state, "ruining" Panem and the Capitol. This is a Katniss bent on destruction and resurrection. She's dressed for war. Deliberate, planned war. The designers for the third and fourth Hunger Games installments, Kurt and Bart, come … Continue reading At War in the World: Women’s suit jackets of the 1940s

Feel like a Warrior and Going to a Party

What's a pissed-off middle-aged warrior princess supposed to do for a holiday party? You know what is expected: the holiday outfit. ┬áThe slightly-dressier-than-usual dress, something that makes you unable to let your stomach pooch out, in a fancier fabric than usual. I will admit that this Resistor is rarely invited to dressy holiday events and … Continue reading Feel like a Warrior and Going to a Party

The regular warrior princess, part II

I'm beginning to think designers -- from the high end to the low end -- like artists, were aware of some dark, threatening cultural shifts. The clothing offered this fall is rife with messages warning of danger, and thick with defensive, forbidding tones. This sweater is an example. It's on offer at Macys, and comes … Continue reading The regular warrior princess, part II

The regular gal warrior princess, part 1

Most middle-aged American women are not lithe, sporty, or chic. They are overweight -- sometimes a little, sometimes a lot -- they are short, they are spreading, they are saddled with soft faces, mundane hairstyles inflicted by habit and small-town hair stylists. These are the women easy to underestimate. These are women that are easy … Continue reading The regular gal warrior princess, part 1