conventional taste has its place
Just not on the Sartorialists' blog.
Reminds me of when Nixon nominated a very mediocre jurist to the be a justice on the SCOTUS. When the man's record was criticized, Nixon said that mediocre people needed representation just like the rest of us...
Not that conventional = mediocre, but while some go on these boards in order to learn not to make mistakes, others do it to learn how to better and more creatively express themselves in clothes. Nana's clothing expressivity bandwith is rather wider than mine, but I admire it.
Also, the personality-performance note doesn't have anything specifically to do with the theater, or my work in it. Rather it has to do with all the different sorts of people we have in NYC & how closely we are jammed together & also the concentration of artistic and creative professions people practice here.
Most male theater people I know are working very hard to make a living in order to practice their semi-remunerative art. Even the ones who make a living at it don't care deeply about dressing well, except in order to avoid looking like an ass on an opening night or at some awards dinner or benefit event. There are exceptions, of course, like Tommy Tune as I saw him on a PBS documentary the other night, but these are the exception by far.