Horror-Themed Fashion on the Spring 2016 Runways – Vogue

Hmmm… “Fashion” or “Costume”? Nostalgia and memory – or games with form?
What do we think about this?

A little fright-night drama isn’t just for Halloween anymore.

Source: Horror-Themed Fashion on the Spring 2016 Runways – Vogue

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Discussion Thoughts

While analyzing global fashion and through out our discussions I have learned, I have learned one thing: There is nothing wrong or right about fashion. Most who follow those rules of not wearing white after labor day, or the concept of wearing black for a funeral or mourning period. Those who don’t follow those rules come off as weird or unfashionable. I’ve noticed this moment in the media especially in shows such as “What not to wear’ or ” E’s fashion police”. Designer gowns which costs thousands, can still be seen as ugly because they are over accessorized or not in season. It as if global fashion has weather channels, what may be “in” somewhere may be “out” in different areas. I have also learned global fashion is a time experience. Many styles are often recreated or recycled every ten years or every winter. I think what bred fashion is about NOT following the rules, that is what is boring.

http://www.eonline.com/shows/fashion_police/articles 

Unpacking the Apple-Met Museum Fashion Collaboration – WSJ

Here’s a timely and interesting article that could have been the basis for much of our discussion so far. “Death of Fashion,” Post-modern condition, art in the age of mechanical reproduction, McLuhan, and on and on…
~KA

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton speak with the WSJ about their upcoming exhibit on fashion and technology.

Source: Unpacking the Apple-Met Museum Fashion Collaboration – WSJ

White after Labor Day

After the discussion about the myths attached to why we don’t wear white after Labor Day, I kept thinking about what the origin of that myth could have been.  I found a great article from Time.com discussing those myths!

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day

And another article looking only at a set of social myths.  Though the most interesting part has to be the comments – where a lot of people have interjected and shared their understanding of the fashion “rule.”

Design History: Why Can’t We Wear White After Labor Day?

Discussion

All our discussions are super interesting and really make me think. Out of all my classes this class is the only one that makes me think in this type of way. This week, and every week, we really learn how things are connected and different ways to look at things. For example, the wedding dress and engagement rings. I normally don’t think of those objects like the way we discussed in class. Most people would rather have the engagement ring and post pictures of it than actually be in a good, healthy relationship with no ring. People would rather have the object that what it stands for.

Discussion Thoughts

Our last couple of class discussions have really helped me process the things we are learning. The fashion map that we drew on the board was probably the most helpful to me. We have so much information about fashion, because it is everywhere, but sometimes it doesn’t always click on how it is connected until you really draw it out. I am more of a visual learner so activities like that help me learn more and more efficient. I also thought the discussion on myths was very interesting. I have heard about all the myths that we discussed but it never crossed my mind to dig deeper to actually figure out why they are myths and where they came from. The most interesting one I thought was wearing boat shoes but never actually wearing them on a boat. I never thought about why they are called boat shoes and that the majority of people that wear them don’t actually wear them on a boat. It is a weird concept I guess if you really look at it that way. Overall, I think the things we are learning are really intriguing and makes you think outside of the box.

Thoughts on weeks discussions

Tuesday Class last week discussion was very interesting and made me think more about how it is all connected. While we were making the map I thought it was very interesting how there were so many different braches to each one. Each one showed how it was related to fashion. For example history, there were braches that were in the past, present and how they are connected. By showing this on the board it helped me visualize it, without seeing it I do not think I would have been able to truly connect all of them to each other.

Thursday’s class last week discussion was about myths. I never thought about how certain fashion myths come out of nowhere. There is no explanation as to why we do certain things. It made me really think about why we wear certain colors for certain events and we do not know why we do it or what the meaning is. This was all very interesting for me and I enjoyed both of these discussions.

Thoughts on weeks discussions

The discussions and thinking we do in our class is much different than what I am used to in any of my other classes. At times I find it hard to follow or confusing but it is the confusion that makes me want to understand it more. Mapping out the world of fashion was really interesting because it was eye opening to see how everything was essentially connected together. Also, it seems as if we could always keep adding to the map as if its never ending. This type of thinking and discussion with the class and small groups has made me think in ways I never had before, which I like.

Our discussion this past week about global and local myths was really interesting to me. When we were talking in our groups my specific group thought of the myth ‘no wearing white after labor day’. This is something we have been accustom to since we were little. I found it really interesting when we found out it was a myth specific to the United States because when a student from France wasn’t aware of that story. Before that I had not realized or personally experienced the differences between the global and local fashion myths. These myths and rituals are something I have been taught by my family or friends. Whether it was subconsciously or consciously they have altered my thoughts on certain items of clothing and my ways of dressing. I also found it really interesting as to how “the Apple” model and the Steve Job’s myth was brought up in class discussion and how all fashion companies strive to have a business model like the Apple company.

New Blog

I was unable to attend class last Thursday in order to meet with my adviser to sign my intent to graduate form. What I have collected from other students and other blog posts confirms what I feel about most of our discussions in class. Every time we have a class discussion I look at fashion from a new perspective. There is never necessary a right answer and there are so many lose ends as we have shown in the fashion world web we made on the board in class. Local fashion is influenced by myths and global fashion is mainly influenced by cultural views. In some cultures different colors will be considered masculine when in other cultures its considered feminine such as the color pink. This also goes for certain styles. This also brings up the question if those molds are being broken in modern day society or if that is just in our immediate culture. Either way local and global fashions are ultimately linked because the accessibility world wide. So many more people have access to what fashions are going on where because of the growing of media and technology world wide.

Blog Post October 19

The thinking we do in our class is much different then any of my other classes, which I enjoy. Our class discussions create a different type of thought and keep me engaged. At times I am confused but it challenges me to discover the answers.

Our class discussion this week about local and global fashion was very interesting. We discussed myths and how they relate to fashion globally and locally. I really never thought about the difference between global and local fashion. Locally our friends and family affect us. We see trends and pick up on trends from the people surrounding us. But I never really understood the history and traditions that those trends come from. The wedding dress like we discussed in class. In the United States the wedding dress is socially accepted to be white. But in other cultures women have other traditions and the dress does not have to be necessarily white. This was just a prime example how we have traditions in our culture locally and then there are traditions in other cultures globally.