The Kardashians explained… somewhat.
The Kardashians explained… somewhat.
Here’s a thought…
And there it is… The McLuhan “flip” at the break point. What if we move from social media taking us outward, extending our bodies into time and space to VR bringing us inward into the virtual world where our bodies and external appearance don’t matter? What happens to fashion in a fully VR world?
I really enjoyed this assignment and I found it very interesting to read everyone’s responses in the videos. I feel like there are more similarities between us all than differences, which is something to think about. For the most part, we all realized that fashion was important to us in the younger parts of our lives, mostly around middle school and pre-teen years.
Looking at the videos that were posted after mine I found many similarities in how we expressed our first fashion moment. I related to Jean’s video when she said that she looked up to the “older kids” like her babysitters. I definitely relate to this and can remember trying to be just like my babysitters and my older sister, trying to dress like them, act like them, etc. I find it funny now that I try to not be like anyone else in the way that I dress. I look up to people and have inspirations, but I like to differentiate myself from others.
Kaitlyn’s video was interesting to me as well because she talks about her first day of 8th grade. I thought this was very relateable because I can remember feeling nervous about first days of school and picking out my outfit the night, or even weeks, before the big day. Even up into high school! I think that this relates to my video because it shows that people pick out certain garments in order to express themselves to their peers.
Kate’s video also had many similarities to mine in that she talked about middle school and earlier years when she really started to become interested in fashion. She feels the same way as me in that we use clothing to express ourselves and it is a form of putting yourself into the world without having to say anything.
Khody’s video was similar to mine in that he talked about being in middle school when he realized that fashion was a big part of his life. I like how he talked about how he always knew that what you looked like mattered, or played a role in the world. As a male there are definitely many differences than how females present themselves to the world and use fashion to express themselves.
I really enjoyed watching everyone’s videos and I think it’s interesting to find that almost all of us realized our fashion potential and interest in middle school, and I wonder it this is true for most of society, or people in the fashion industry. It is interesting to think of the variables during this time that would effect our thinking and outlook on fashion and self expression.
I really found this assignment interesting, as I enjoyed watching through most of the videos. I could see many similarities and differences in relationship to my first fashion moment. One thing interesting I noticed was that for most of us the first fashion moment was related to dressing up for school, which was a daily routine and not just a special occasion. It was interesting to know that how we accepted fashion to be part of our daily life first rather than fashion being just for special occasions.
Rebeca’s first fashion moment was also like mine about dressing up for school. She got inspired by her elder sister to buy brands and labels. For me, my peer group was a great influence of what labels and brands I bought at that time. Rebeca claims that by 6th grade she had her own style, for me I guess I had my own personality reflected in my way of dressing was in 8th or 9th grade. Also, for me what mattered more were accessories that branded clothes.
It was interesting to listen how Shaun was inspired by the older girls in her dancing class and school. I could see difference in the fact that Shaun wanted the same clothing that others were wearing to fit. On other had where I was wearing uniform as others did in my school, I wanted to accessorize myself to stand out of the group. I also agree with her statement that we do not need money to look good.
The outfit that Stephanie recreated which she liked was really interesting, and the two different reaction to the same outfit. The reactions from her sister was on a negative side, while her friends didn’t react much on her outfit. This actually illustrates that one fashion that you wear has different meanings and perceptions in others mind. I could relate to this because the rings and bracelets I use to wear to school my older cousin sister use to make fun of, while my class mates adored my collection.
Lastly, Abigail also talks of similar fashion moment where she saw everyone wearing gap pull-overs, and how kids use to feel left out and not belonging to the group when they lost their sweatshirts. This actually give me insight to how much belongingness is important. I as a student wearing the same uniform gave me a sense of belonging to the group, but with a little personized style of wearing it I tried to achieve balance between belonging to the group, but putting across my personality with little things.
It really differs what fashion is to you and people around you. For some it can be to belong to certain group, and for some it could be taking control of their things and doing them their own way irrespective of people around them.
Looking back at my own Fashion Moment video I spoke about how I first became interested in fashion and realized that it was an important topic to people (the ones giving us the essay instructions) back in middle school, it may have even been as early as fourth grade, when we were all being taught how to write essays. The go-to essay topic every year always seemed to be about school uniforms and whether or not all schools should have them. That was when it really struck me that my mother and I were not the only people who cared about what we were going to wear that day or the next day, that it was a big enough topic that so many people connected to and so many lives revolved around. Watching the videos my peers posted on their first Fashion Moments, I noticed a lot of us have touched on very similar topics.
The four videos that I watched were by Gian, Greer, Jean and Kaitlin. I especially like how in Gian’s video he tells about how fashion has mattered basically as far back as he can remember. There was never one true defining moment for him on the importance fashion; it was always important to him. He spoke about how his family, especially his Uncle, always presented themselves with pride. Watching Gian’s video made me wonder if the example I gave about writing essays and the topic of school uniforms was actually the defining moment for me as I always loved to play dress-up and sneak into my room to put on her lipstick. Gian ended his video by stating, “fashion as always been a fundamental part to my identity”. I really like this phrase and how it perfectly sums up his video. Greer also touches on the topic of realizing that fashion is a way to express yourself and is a tool in how you want others to perceive you without actually saying anything. She, like Gian and I, also realized fashion was important much earlier than middle school.
Jean brings up again the fact of how having someone in your life, in her story it was her babysitter, and how their choices in fashion can really affect your own especially at a young age. She was the first one of the three of us to really touch on social media, especially back when Facebook was new, and how there was always the need to post the best profile picture. Kaitlin is the first one to mention how her first fashion moment was actually after middle school, in eighth grade. She could remember the outfit she wore on the first day of eighth grade and how it was all white with a pop of pink.
These videos are a perfect example of how as young adolescents we all felt that strong desire to fit in and do anything besides stand out from the crowd. We no longer wanted our parents to have a say in what was hanging in our closets. We wanted to wear Abercrombie & Fitch jeans and Hollister’s graphic t-shirts just like all of the other kids in our classes began doing. All clothing decisions during middle school were very brand-conscience. It was something that had to be done in order to receive acceptance from your peers. I do love how that now that we are all older we no longer feel that way. We wear clothing that we feel confident in, clothing that helps us convey our own personal statements. It really is interesting to hear of everyone else’s stories reflecting on the past. It really proves that fashion is a hard topic to define and attempt to fit into one category.
I found it very interesting watching my classmates videos on when they felt as though they first realized fashion mattered to them. I noticed many similarities among what everyone had to say, especially the fact that each video that I watched, the individual claimed to have developed an interest in fashion for whatever reason as a young, adolescent.
My personal video related a lot to Chelsea’s. We both said that 6th grade was when we first realized fashion mattered. Like myself, Chelsea also said that it was around this age when she wanted to start picking out particular clothes for herself with specific designs or labels such as Abercrombie and Hollister wear because it was “cool.” I completely agree with her also when she says now the styles she chooses to wear, such as jeans are chosen based on comfort and if they are cute and less about the “cool” status quo label.
It was very interesting to me to see that Elizabeth became interested in fashion a little later around 8th/ 9th grade. She says that prior, she was shy and didn’t want to draw unnecessary attention to herself and just wore what she was comfortable in; band t-shirts and jeans. Also she claims to have gotten into fashion less of because what was “cool” but more because she wanted a new way to truly express herself. I found it interesting that she immediately turned to magazines such as teen vogue to mimic their way of telling a story about themselves through fashion. When entering high school she wanted to use fashion as a way to change others perceptions of her from the “shy, quiet girl” and rather to show her personality.
Gabrielle as well took an interest in fashion at a young age in elementary school when given an essay question debating the pros and cons of school uniforms. She said that she understood that the uniformity helped keep everyone appropriate and on the same level, yet, limited kids from being able to express themselves and show there personality. This was when she realized how important it was to her to be able to express herself through fashion.
Lastly, Gian, like Gabrielle took an interest in fashion at a very young age as well. He links this back however to his family. He explains how he was intrigued by the way his uncle dressed in dress close and the way in which he was noticed, respected and remembered. Although other kids were going to school in more casual attire,Gian preferred to wear dress pants, shirts and shoes to stand out.
It was so interesting to me to see that everyone began to realize fashion mattered at a young age but for different reasons. Some, to fit in, others to have the freedom to express themselves or to stand out among the crowd. I was very surprised to find that Gian was inspired at such a young age by his Uncle wearing dress attire. This is inspiring to me how regardless of what the other kids at school were wearing he wanted to make an impression that would differentiate him from the other students and have him be remembered. To me, that reflects confidence and pride in himself. I think overall, this means that fashion is a huge part of our lives and influences our attitudes, beliefs, actions, behaviors and choices and shapes us into the individuals we are today starting at a very young age.
After watching other students’ first fashion moments, I found a lot of similarities to my experience and background with fashion. For the most part, I think everyone started to realize they were interested in fashion around 10-13 years old, when expressing yourself through dress and appearance started becoming relevant. I agree with Michelle Katz’s video, that the idea that in middle school, physical appearance and fitting in was very important, and this is when people first started to worry about how they were perceived by others.
Some other important notes that some students touched upon was wearing brand names and labels to school, and how that kind of became a thing to do. I can remember being in middle school and wearing the new Abercrombie & Fitch graphic tees and noticing others were wearing it too, and I was getting complimented on what I wore. That was another similar thing everyone kind of talked about– when we started wearing brands and expressing ourselves through dress, others noticed and complimented our style, and I think that propelled me as well as others to explore the fashion world and one day become a part of it.
After carefully watching the next four “First Fashion Moment” videos following my own, I wanted to pick out an extra few randoms to see if I could make out the same observation (for which I did). I noticed that many students in the class can jump back to a specific memory that pertains to their understanding of when fashion started to matter, but I’ve just always felt that fashion “mattering” was something that was kind of innate for me.
Although I am not the biggest and brightest fashionista on campus or in Rhode Island but the way I look must’ve matter so much to me for personal reasons. Although many people have such specific memories in regards to this moment we are speaking of, the one thing we have in common is the fact fashion mattered because it defines the way we are perceived.
I think it’s important to really get into the fact that fashion seems to be the only visual structure of which we base our whole lives on. Many of the times fashion is just viewed as some obscure visionary to convey and message and once it is put onto ones body, it then defines who you are as an individual and your worth as a human. It was interesting to see how everyone else interprets that very same idea in different ways.
Another thing I noticed was that many people could relate their memory to a specific person. This is something very interesting to me because fashion can become something very personal and it is something that can go from being a universal thought to one that is individualized. How do we analyze a “fashion moment” for what it is if it can mean so many different things? What defines something that matters?
Our phones provide connection, communication and knowledge – and have become part of our identities. No wonder privacy violations bother us so much