Dress Code is a photo-interview series exploring identity and personal narrative through fashion, style, and self-expression. This installment features Bianca Valle, an artist living and working in New York.
DRØME: How do you identify?
Bianca Valle: I am a Mexican American girl with long hair and no fear to use my voice. I am quite opinionated when it comes to topics that I feel strongly about, however I am very gentle, almost too gentle at times. I was born in California and moved the New York to go to NYU. I truly feel like a bilingual, bicoastal creative.
How would you describe your style / aesthetic?
My style is constantly changing. I fluctuate between skater, tomboy looks to very feminine, trendy looks. Some days I go full on Victorian, depending on the weather.
What makes you proud to be who you are?
So many things! My mind and heart mostly. I love the way I see the world and am grateful that I am kind in my approach.
How do you use style or aesthetic as a tool to explore or express your identity?
I believe that for me, the way I look on the outside is a reflection of who I am on the inside. The way I dress shows my interests right off the bat.
How has the way that you express yourself through fashion changed overtime?
To be honest, it hasn't changed too much. However, as I get older, I suppose my style has definitely calmed down a bit. In middle school, I would literally wear whatever the hell I wanted and not think twice about it. Now, I want to make sure I don't attract too much attention to myself when I walk to the grocery store.
One piece of clothing or accessory you can't leave the house without?
I love my straight leg Levis. If I could, I would wear the same black 505 pair every day.
In the making of DRØME we hope to showcase a community of doers and nourish an attitude of empathy in a world that teaches us to pass judgment rather than practice kindness. The stories, images, and people shared in this magazine are an amalgamation of perspectives often overlooked or explicitly excluded from art and media worlds. The dearth of diverse identities and viewpoints within the arts is harrowing, especially for a young generation that is fighting its hardest to overcome conservative notions of order ultimately practiced as acts of discrimination against the very people and things we find most inspiring. In DRØME, the featured creators and creations encourage us to never shy away from who we are and what we want. Each artist, in sharing their story, embodies their own definition of agency. Against a mainstream ideology that indoctrinates patriarchal, capitalist, and hateful theories turned into policy, the artists in our first issue represent the ways in which art can take power back from society's denigrating control.