“You’re no longer just looking at the picture as a beautiful picture. You’re starting to wonder about the person, or the subject’s health, in the picture.” – Professor Alphonso McClendon, describing the function of the heroin chic aesthetic
Join me this week for a look at one of the more controversial aspects of fashion culture: the aesthetics of drugs. I got to talk with Alphonso McClendon, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who has spent years researching the cultural implications of style, music, and addiction during The Harlem Renaissance and America’s Jazz Age. Today, you’ll hear him discuss his research into that time period, how he found the roots of the prominent “heroin chic” aesthetic in the jazz scene of the 20’s and 30’s, what put an end to heroin chic, and where it’s resurfacing today.
Plus, I have a playlist full of the latest music from Minneapolis artist Jeremy Messersmith, Belgian electro-pop group The Go Find, Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan, and more. So tune in as we time travel in style, right here on BreakThru Radio!