Other People’s Clothes by Caleb Cole

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The famous Harper Lee quotation, “you never really understand a person… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” is only metaphorical realistic. But visual and performing artist Caleb Cole interprets this with a second-skin substitute: clothes. Other People’s Clothes, a series of photographs as a published collection, reinvents Cole’s persona through outfits. Starting with an outfit, Cole builds outs a location and setting for the photograph. While a green sweater and yellow turtleneck ensemble transforms Cole into a stiff dentist’s receptionist, a worn cap and oversized jacket converts him into a country fellow. Though the clothes serve as the springboard, the character details are the most intriguing aspect of the photographs – that, and the deadpan and uncomfortably humorous facial expression that Cole wears.



Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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