STREET-STYLE

PARADIGM SHIFTS

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Abstract

The purpose of this project is to build empathy for people experiencing homelessness by creating of a fashion zine featuring stories and style. Challenging the prevailing, stigmatized viewpoint presented by the media, this project explores the intersection of resourcefulness, self-expression, and survival through something everyone does- get dressed. Acknowledging the current political system and framework, I present the perspectives of people living unsheltered on their lifestyles to dispel stigma and set a cultural paradigm shift into motion. To produce this zine, I conducted conversational interviews and street fashion photography with homeless individuals in Seattle. By sharing the humanity of people experiencing homelessness, I hope to spark understanding and encourage people to build community with those around them.