ring and bracelets, Shraya’s personal.
How a little bit of braveness helped a once-adventurous dresser get her groove again.
“I really feel like a ghost,” laughs Vivek Shraya, musician, artist, author and assistant professor within the College of Calgary’s division of English. She’s making an attempt a collection of clever poses as a part of our FASHION photograph shoot, her fingers gently rising and falling as her eyes open and shut.
Whereas she might really feel that she resembles a spectre, Shraya’s presence within the zeitgeist is certainly tangible. The Edmonton-born multi-hyphenate appeared in a M.A.C Cosmetics marketing campaign final yr, and her second novel, The Subtweet, hits cabinets in the present day.
Shraya’s cultural contributions usually relate to her journey as a trans individual—a journey that has been influenced by the exclusion inside, and lack of consolation afforded by, conventional vogue frameworks. For instance, she prefers on-line buying as a result of, she says, “it means I don’t have to enter a retailer. Even manufacturers which might be androgynous or gender-neutral in aesthetic nonetheless divide their shops into males’s and ladies’s sections.”
A extra optimistic contribution to Shraya’s evolving relationship with private type has been the power to work with designer Mic. Carter of the model L’Uomo Strano. She describes it as a privilege, acknowledging the budgetary and time allowances wanted for customized clothes. “We’ve been collaborating for 4 or 5 years,” she says. Their union was instrumental to the storytelling side of Shraya’s single “Lady It’s Your Time.” “I approached him about designing one thing as a result of I got here out with the music and actually needed to have a really feel to it by way of the visible,” she says.
The end result was a “brief, frilly frock,” as Shraya describes it—one thing she would probably by no means have considered carrying when she was in her 20s. “I see myself as somebody who was stylistically adventurous in my teenagers, and I’ve reclaimed that in my 30s,” she explains, recalling how she advised herself when she turned the large 3-0, “Should you don’t put on shorts now, you by no means will.” She fondly remembers when her sartorial inclinations have been freer. “I [once] confirmed up at a pal’s home with a large wool scarf woven by means of my belt loops,” she says of her teenage self. “They laughed.”
“You need to permit your self to make vogue fake pas—to take these dangers—to really determine what works and what doesn’t”
Such bold early moments stay with Shraya as a part of her philosophy on type. “You need to permit your self to make vogue fake pas—to take these dangers—to really determine what works and what doesn’t,” she says, including, “What looks as if a fake pas now could be thought of avant-garde in a number of years.”
Along with having this brave outlook on dressing, Shraya has drawn inspiration from a pillar of fashion very near residence. “My mother is my primary type icon,” she says. “As a child, I seemed as much as her a lot; she had this up to date Bollywood aesthetic—a glamour and a regalness—to her.” From the best way Shraya strikes elegantly in a yellow Greta Constantine gown on the FASHION set, it’s clear that the generational classes on grandeur have been nicely acquired.