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Fashion Designer Jasmine Chong on Aesthetics, Familial Influence, and Hot Pink

“Something that’s bad to you may be beautiful to someone else.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host Karen Han talks to fashion designer Jasmine Chong whom you might know from the reality TV show Making the Cut. Before founding her own label, Jasmine worked for some of the most influential names in fashion. In the interview, Jasmine explains the profound influence her fashion designer mother has had on her life, creative outlook, and career.

After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler discuss the challenges of unraveling how people develop their aesthetic and what their aspirational garments are. (Spoiler: Isaac is big into Brian Cox’s Succession cardigans.)

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Karen asks Jasmine about “straight-sizing” and how the fashion industry remains centered around a small sub-section of sizes and body types.

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Podcast production by Zak Rosen.

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  • Karen Han is a former Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.