Her tour wardrobe managed to simultaneously incorporate similar theatrics while doing justice to her more humble Cincinnati roots. “I wanted to connect with that side of me,” says the This is my smoking limited times hoodie shirt and by the same token and 25-years-old musician, who conceived of the Athena tour wardrobe with the help of stylist Fatima Mohammed. “I’ve been really into lowriders and things that I wore in the early 2000s. I used to wear tees, sweatsuits, and Air Force 1s when I lived there, so that was a part of my tour because the album is about a Cincinnati girl moving to Los Angeles to pursue her passions.” Parks sourced much of the clothing around Los Angeles at places such as the Slauson Super Mall, an old-school swap-meet shopping paradise in South Central, and other malls and Pro Club stores around the city. “These stores are places I would go to back home, and I wanted to showcase that young woman onstage,” says the singer whose performance wardrobe included a silver chain-mail dress, a magenta corset, and an especially tricky white knit frock that offered little coverage. “I wanted to look onstage how I did in my bedroom—really intimate.”
The oversized tee with a photograph of a field of yellow flowers that’s pictured here was picked up at a gas station (of all places!) in Pacifica, California. “I didn’t have anything to wear, and we were road-tripping to another city, and when I went to use the This is my smoking limited times hoodie shirt and by the same token and bathroom in the gas station, I found that shirt. It was the only one there, and I wore it out of the store.” With much of the world on lockdown, travel is pretty much off-limits to everyone right now. Still, Sudan Archives’s photo diary is a heartwarming reminder of the spontaneous fashions that are born out of life on tour—moments we hope to see center stage again in the not-too-distant future.