à l’allure garçonnière is run by “garçonnière,” a critical queer artist/writer living in Québec City.

She has worked extensively as a journalist, community organizer and photographer. Her work has been published in Arthur, the Ryerson Free Press, WORN journal, Missy Magazine, Racialicious, in addition to a bi-monthly film review column at the Shameless Magazine blog. She also has extensive experience in radio, having hosted a bi-monthly show on Trent Radio from 2005-2006, in addition to recent work for CBC Radio’s Quebec Community Network.

Her activism has taken many different shapes over the years, ranging from wheatpasting anti-war posters in small town Ontario to performing in drag in front of hundreds. More recently, she has taken to giving workshops on a variety of topics, including Femmes et Médias : Résistance Culturelle, Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Thrifting 101: Buying used as a political act. In 2010, she organized the Québec City edition of The Vagina Monologues with Salima Punjani. These days, writing is her preferred form of resistance.

She is also an amateur ukulele enthusiast and photographer. To find out more about her self-portraits, watch this interview by karol orzechowski. Transcript can be found here.

You can find some of her vintage clothing and wares for sale at Boutique Lucia F. in Quebec City.

You can like her on Facebook and follow her misadventures on Twitter.

credit: The photograph used in the header for this blog was taken by Salima Punjani, as part of her Portraits of Potential series.

8 responses to “who

  1. ellieswords

    It is so nice to meet you. I love your style and hearing your opinions. Keep up the great work!

  2. Hey! I can’t find your email address, but I wanted to let you know that I’m doing a vintage queer blogs post and I wanted to put you in it! I know you don’t exclusively run a vintage blog anymore, but wanted to see if you’re cool with it and (if you are) what photo of you I should use 🙂
    Email me at silverflapper1920s@hotmail.com!

    -Cheri of the Vintage Lesbian Project

  3. Miran

    I have been reading your posts about cultural appropriation and I have a few questions for you! I am very interested in cultural appropriation and the fashion industry.
    If you have time, my email is mirancadden@gmail.com

  4. tânisi!

    Ooooh, another fairly local blog! I’ve managed to lose touch with a lot of people in the move from WordPress to a self-hosted site, so I’m individually following up with bloggers who were following me:D I’ve set it up so WordPress bloggers can ‘follow’ me in the same way you used to at the new site: http://apihtawikosisan.com/. There’s no need to keep this comment, it was just easier to contact you via the blog. If somehow I’ve overlooked that you’ve already made the switch, you have my apologies.

    kinanâskomitin, and I hope to see you soon!

  5. Wow je viens de voir ton post sur mes cartes et les couleurs bleu et rouge.
    Ça fait plaisir 🙂

  6. Hey there!
    I really enjoy your blog! I’m a graduate student who teaches cultural studies and my students read your post on cultural appropriation that I think is brilliant and pretty much a classic. Your posts have inspired me to start my own blog, which includes topics on gender, media&culture, and critical fashion. I can’t figure out how to message you the link so here it is:) (I added you to my blogroll!)

  7. Hello Julia,

    I read the letter to the editor you wrote to Ms. Magazine for their Winter 2012 edition in response to the “Can Fashion Be Feminist?” article, and I loved what you wrote there.

    My name is Eden Miller, and I am currently in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to launch a line of high end plus size clothing called Cabiria. Here’s a link to our project:

    The reason this article resonated for me is that social justice and feminism lie at the heart of Cabiria, and I felt that with your unique perspective of the fashion industry and its intersection with vintage fashion and feminism, you would understand this angle as well. I am trying to create an equality of options in the plus size marketplace, equal to the plethora of choices available to straight size women – those wearing bikinis to hijab.

    Thank you for looking at the project, and hopefully spreading it around on your channels. Have a great day.


  8. Maral

    Hi! I accidently stumbled upon your blog and I have to take my hat off to you. You have a real talent. I have recently started a style blog and try as I may, it turns out I don’t enjoy having it as much as I thought I would. In fact my first post was a great big chunk of opinion text, which of course, nobody noticed. I felt a little depressed that because I wasn’t collaging a series of white tops with distressed denim jeans people were not even looking. Two more posts later I am ready to pack it in and start a writing blog. I don’t know why I’m telling you this, probably because reading your blog opened my eyes to my own true calling. Thank you!

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