Fashion

Radical Chic: 15 Stylish Theorists (Black Turtleneck, Check)

Fashion

Radical Chic: 15 Stylish Theorists (Black Turtleneck, Check)

Judith "Performativity" Butler's look is as deliberately hard to read as her prose.
Even Hélène Cixous's eyeliner screams feminist.
Simon Critchley's foulards are so 21st century Wilde.
Angela Davis's stunning gaze is the question mark after the clause of her righteous mod style.
Jacques Derrida (pictured here with a colorful Hélène Cixous) set himself apart in the fashion sign system with a taste for polka dots and open collars.
Joan Didion looks like Martin Margiela's first muse. Graduate thesis topic up for grabs!
Michel Foucault in Miu Miu for Spring 2013 eyewear (just kidding!). But the white turtleneck: classic. And, in that leather, you can discipline and punish me any day, Michel.
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Sigmund Freud's balls must have sweat beneath those conservative tweed layers but the look is strictly dashing. Love the spectacles? Selima Optique recently reproduced Herr Freud's signature frames.
Gohar Homayounpour is a practicing psychoanalyst in Tehran, practicing, here, the art of the thinker's turtleneck.
Susan Sontag can and will speak for herself: “Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.”
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak in subaltern-ative fashions (yeah, no, that didn't really work, did it?).
Ms. Gloria Steinem.
With her triangular bob and circular spectacles, Simone Weil exuded both Gravity and Grace.
All about the cufflinks: Cornel West.
The original stylish thinker: Oscar Wilde. "In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential." Duh.
Slavoj Žižek.
YES.
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Inspired by the New Yorker‘s recent publication of Roberto Bolaño’s sartorial analysis Labyrinth, and despite our better judgment bludgeoning us with the chorus lead out to Alanis Morissette’s “Isn’t it Ironic?”, we are going for it. Oui, et voila (because many of them are French), here is our listicle of fifteen of the most stylish thinkers you can Google Image search. Proving that there’s more to intellectual style than a black turtleneck, although that’s very important too, we have (listed in alphabetical order, to avoid hierarchies of gender, class, and influence): Butler, Cixous, Critchley, Derrida, Didion, Foucault, Freud, Homayounpour, Sontag, Spivak, Steinem, Weil, West, Wilde, and Žižek.