Womenswear is littered with fake pockets that don’t open, or shallow pockets that can hardly hold more than a paperclip. If women’s clothes have pockets at all, they are often smaller and just fit less than men’s pockets do. And when we talk about pockets, we are talking about who has access to the tools they need. Who can walk through the world comfortably and securely.
Articles of Interest is a show about what we wear; a six-part series within 99% Invisible, looking at clothing. Episodes will be released on Tuesdays and Fridays from September 25th through October 12th.
For Pockets, Avery Trufelman spoke with her college friend Piers Gelly; Hannah Carlson, lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design; Clarissa Esguerra, associate curator of costume and textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and dress historian Barbara Burman.