Every day we find ourselves moulding - at times, physically, it’s to bend and break to meet expectations. Other times, it’s an expression of emotional architecture, constructing our personalities around an evolving landscape of social interactions.
It’s an alchemy that has occurred billions of times before, the becoming of a mother –an indiscernible compounding of the minutes spent being responsible for another human – yet it never happens the exact same way twice.
ENTJ? Type A or B? Aquarius rising, cancer moon, virgo sun: classifying a personality adopts numerous forms, online quizzes and associations with Sex and the City characters. Battles are drawn along the lines of nature vs nurture, and fortunes for our lives are sought out in multiple-choice questionnaires.
Just keep moving until the inexplicable reveals itself through its own inertia. In Japan, it's a lot more like fumbling into excellence.
There are those who stopped coming by the altar, and instead, took the ability to be one’s most genuine or essential self as their prevailing moral compass. Steph Carta found the altar worth visiting is in the stillness, in the centremost of your soul.
Sarah Ellen, a multi-hyphenate of multiple artistic pursuits, with a presence that has carved out the public space for over a decade now, speaks to SIDE-NOTE about the human condition and the recasting of a character inherent to ageing, developing and immersing oneself in life’s experiences.
Typecasting; where boundaries boundaries are broken, images are regenerated and individuals mould the new look of the location, the locals and the lives they lead.
American Hero. Delving into the complex and often misunderstood world of dissociative identity disorder, each image represents this in a subtle cue or a clever innuendo.
It’s an intimate act, an unsung one of self- preservation, and one of the rare moments the female form can find comfort in nudity without being scrutinised or sexualised.
Whether self-imposed or forced upon us, censorship shapes all our realities. Mitchell Smolkin, a psychotherapist whose work focuses on the dignity of suffering, details the consequences of this suppression — and possible silver linings.
In that everlasting battle between our private and public selves, our public self — and her allies— is who will secure our livelihood, and will build the bridges to our future prosperity.
Words deceive; in art and in life, attraction, hatred and love are best known through the physical... Welcome to EDITION N°18, INNUENDO.
The advent of the ego – how one assesses themselves, their self-esteem, their place in the world – and the alternative of it – has always been a focal point in culture, but a rebirth of the figures we once assumed to “know” is breaking waves, rippling across the world.
It’s memorialised as a sunburnt country, popularised as a must-go tourist destination and consumed each year with fondness- Few places are as universally recognisable by a single season as Australia is for its summer.
Welcome to… EDITION N°17, SUMMERTIME.
'We close out the year turning from simulations. We run towards what is real; run towards that which we find in solitude' by Mariela Summerhays and Claire Hart.
The Australian-born, Los Angeles-based actress who fronts Jan Logan’s new campaign speaks to Isabelle Truman about keeping off TikTok, charting her own path to success, and how she keeps her head clear during the chaos.
We crave for the satisfaction of hand moving yarn across, in and around itself; before we wish for elbow driving forward circular saw and the confirmation of progress by sawdust in the air. Driven by this dormant urge, there are those like furniture designer Livio Tobler and Ted O'Donnell, garment designer Xizhu Wu, Nathaniel Youkhana, and Daisy Barrow Piper, who are reclaiming the old way of craftsmanship, and finding pleasure in the act of slow and meditative methods of creating art.
To wear something new and style it to your personality is one thing - to wear something with a personality and reclaim it as your own is a trend to endure for the ages. Bianca Farmakis considers the role of a rapidly expanding secondhand market in the creation of personal style.
Whilst Dolly and Kenny mightn’t have been actual an item, this fictional relationship between two tribute acts in the new classical, Seriously Red, is an original take on the dynamic between love interests. Far from the typical romantic tropes we see on screen, it’s a relationship dependant on each individual masquerading as somebody else. Krew Boylan, who wrote the screenplay, stars as the titular Red, a property valuer turned Dolly Parton impersonator who becomes entangled with Kenny, a tribute performer deeply embedded in his own on-stage persona, played by Daniel Webber.
Sophie Donaldson goes behind the scenes with the creative team of the new Australian musical comedy, Seriously Red.
Despite its landmark status once being described as ‘tired, tatty and erratic façades', Phillip Keir, a former theatre director and erstwhile publisher of Rolling Stone in Australia, beautifully reclaimed a section of the Sydney Building, now known as Verity Lane Market.
“Perhaps it’s the joy of knowing you may be the only one on this planet with such a piece. The intrigue of knowing it has had many lives before you, seen moments of history, overheard world-changing conversations; met so, so many people.” Jess Ruby James shoots model Gigi Midgley in Paris, the spiritual home of vintage clothing.
Women know that the night is the stage for our most brilliant transformations. Inspired by the magnetism of the same moon at which a dog barks, comes the CHANEL Holiday 2022 Collection. The French house compels us to paint lips luminous shades of amber, red and gold; to embrace pearlescent skin and celestial shimmer. Jamie Heath captures New Zealand born Bernadette Anker in 'Take Back The Night' with beauty direction by Victoria Baron.
Isaac Brown breaks the fourth wall to understand the shoot behind the shoot, the look behind the look and the meaning behind the ideas that form from our own perspectives.
A lot has been said about the underground scene – the aesthetics that it bore over decades, the moments that scandalised society, the ways it has moulded to fit a new realm of ravers. Bianca Farmakis explores the challenges of community, creativity and culture of a time wedged between between lockouts and lockdowns.
The idea of freedom can evoke its own sense of fear, a sub conscious hesitance that overwhelms the mind when you imagine what it would be like to be bound by nothing. To actor Mia Healey, it’s a liberation from control, reclaiming one’s identity through the love for one’s self and an embrace of potential failure in the pursuit of success.
In the nineties, Australian drama Heartbreak High enthralled a generation of teenagers who saw their own lives played out on the small screen. Sure, those fictional teens may have been a little bit edgier, their clothes a touch cooler and their sex lives a lot more active, but there was an authenticity and grit to the characters that struck a chord. While not all the storylines from the Hartley High of the nineties remain relevant, first love and heartache are the touchstones of teenage experience making it ripe material to rework for a Gen Z audience via a Netflix reboot.
The role the body plays in fashion in recent years has witnessed a myriad of combative shifts. Publicly, a movement has rippled across the industry, calling for greater representation of marginalised groups. The campaigns and clothes within the fashion world began to acknowledge the folly of the beauty standard that dictated it for decades. Amelia Dowd captures Australian model Mia Dennis, whose rising status is carving out space for curve and queer models alike.
Bianca Spender’s meticulously crafted collections have always proved testament to her industry pedigree and well practiced expertise. Her uniqueness lies in her ability to imbue each collection with meaning - her garments, in all their wonderfully draped and tailored lyricism, do so much more than clothe the body. Spender’s AAFW show earlier this year was no different. With a mission to celebrate the courageousness of women, her spring summer collection has a lot to say. To mark its official launch, SIDE-NOTE sat down with Spender to reflect on what it meant to present the opening show and the figurative space she’s claimed for her eponymous fashion label.