Soichi Sunami and the Art of Movement

Soichi Sunami and the Art of Movement

Two of the tasks central to the existence of this space are, first, to decouple style from consumption and, second, to hone in on a more intellectually interesting and spiritually rewarding definition of style. To do the latter, it's often useful to break down the nebulous concept of style into its fundamental components: what we wear, yes, but also what we think, how we live, what we believe, the way we carry ourselves, how we move.

The work of photographer Soichi Sunami, who beautifully documented the era of early modern dance, inspires me to consider just how powerful movement can be as a facet of style. The great thing about seeing something like how we move as an element of our style is that we do it all the time, which gives us ample opportunity to practice. Rather than buy a new dress, perhaps we move differently in one we own. Perhaps we experiment with how we move in the same way we experiment with what we wear. Because when we move, it's not just that our body moves, but our clothes, too, unearthing the richness that exists at the meeting of who we are and what we wear. Something as small as a shift in posture or a simple gesture can begin to reveal to us the beauty and complexity of style and the power we have, again and again, to make it our own. 

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Ruth St. Denis by Soichi Sunami, 1929

Ruth St. Denis by Soichi Sunami, 1929

Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami, 1928

Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami, 1928

Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami in Lamentation via The Library of Congress

Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami in Lamentation via The Library of Congress

Helen Tamiris by Soichi Sunami, 1927

Helen Tamiris by Soichi Sunami, 1927

Ruth St. Denis by Soichi Sunami, date uknown

Ruth St. Denis by Soichi Sunami, date uknown

Helen Tamiris by Soichi Sunami, 1920

Helen Tamiris by Soichi Sunami, 1920

Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami in Ekstasis, No. 1, 1933 via The Library of Congress 

Martha Graham by Soichi Sunami in Ekstasis, No. 1, 1933 via The Library of Congress 

 

Feature image Helen Tamiris by Soichi Sunami, 1927. 

A Summer Styling Tutorial Courtesy of Katharine Hepburn

A Summer Styling Tutorial Courtesy of Katharine Hepburn

Jackie and Lee in Summer

Jackie and Lee in Summer