Women Of Style 2020: Kristen Kaza Is Socially Just

By J.P. Anderson | August 30, 2020 | People

Style is a state of mind and fashion a means of expression, which is all the more important in our rapidly changing world. We check in with Chicago's sartorial stars for some words of wisdom.

Kristen Kaza, creative director, No Small Plans Productions; director of programming, Reunion Chicago


The biggest change in my life since I was featured in 2017 is...
my professional and social party life took an unexpected turn with the pandemic, so like many I find myself home far more than any time in my life.

My big news is... Black lives and livelihood have always mattered, and they should matter to you.

This year has taught me... there are always other ways. Unexpected change is an invitation to imagine a different future.

What I’m most passionate about right now is… contributing to the cultivation of a more brave, safe and equitable world for Black queer and trans people.

My proudest achievement is... the event studio I co-founded, Reunion Chicago, produced an ambitious virtual Pride festival called #4theQulture, which livestreamed numerous performances and activations featuring 50-plus Black LGBTQ+ artists over the course of three days.

In 2020, style is all about... comfort, of course, but also getting dressed to feel good is crucial for mental health. I’ll put a whole look on to walk the dog if it helps me feel more myself.

My favorite designers of the moment are… I really love the color, innovation and platforms of both Kerby Jean-Raymond (of Pyer Moss) and Melody Ehsani.

My hope for the future is... that folks begin to embrace that change starts within, and that societal growth and healing are a never-ending journey that we all have to actively participate in.

Photography by: Quinn Wharton