Why Hillary Wore White

By choosing a white suit, the presidential nominee honored the women who had gone before her.

Source: Why Hillary Wore White – The New York Times

Style, power, and politics.

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Minister Gives Mayor Icelandic Sweater Made in China | Iceland Review

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The “Authenticity Question”! “Symbols in Society!”

The Handknitting Association of Iceland has issued a statement regarding a ‘lopapeysa’ sweater given to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel by Minister of Industry and Commerce Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir yesterday.

Source: Minister Gives Mayor Icelandic Sweater Made in China | Iceland Review

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Amidst the Russian Crisis, a Shift to Domestic Brands?

“…the current political moment, and the anti-western patriotism that informs it, could also be a boon for domestic designers, as consumers may want to shift their purchases to something “Made in Russia,” says Alexander Shumsky, President and founder of MBFW Russia.”

Interesting zeitgeist discussion of Russian fashion developments. Politics, economics, local vs. global… All that good stuff!

Amidst the Russian Crisis, a Shift to Domestic Brands?.

New York Fashion Week Designer steals from Northern Cheyenne/Crow artist Bethany Yellowtail | Native Appropriations

Once again… How hard is this to understand? Or are the designers/ marketers being deliberately provocative, by this kind of cultural appropriation?

Brand KTZ’s Fall/Winter line at New York Fashion Week was “a tribute” to Indigenous peoples.

Brand KTZ’s Fall/Winter line at New York Fashion Week was “a tribute” to Indigenous peoples.


Link to article: New York Fashion Week Designer steals from Northern Cheyenne/Crow artist Bethany Yellowtail | Native Appropriations.

Make no mistake: Michelle Obama just made a bold political statement in Saudi Arabia

Link to article: Make no mistake: Michelle Obama just made a bold political statement in Saudi Arabia – The Washington Post.

Here is a very interesting and clear example of the power of clothing in society. This become especially apparent at cultural boundaries.  And just in case one begins to assume that this is just in cultures “over there” here’s a story about the dress of women and the male gaze from closer to home. (A woman who will henceforth not wear leggings so as not to encourage men.)

As these things go, one of the group in Iceland wrote in the last survey a comment that ended so:
“… makes me want to understand why women must cover themselves in clothing that ranges from headscarfs and conservative dress to total concealment under a burka, at least publicly. Does this have to do with male domination, religious beliefs, modesty or something else?”

To which I answered:
“All of the above, including the importance of adhering to tradition as a way of creating and maintaining a personal identity. The subjugation of women through dress and appearance is a study in itself and one worth doing. The idea that women have to maintain the purity of the cultural image is also one that is very important in many traditional cultures. (Leading to almost impossible demands on female conduct.) Like other matters in this investigation it is a complex field that resists reduction. There may be in your question a problem that Western society has ignored for a while.  For the purpose of our class, that focuses on the “here” and “now,” this may be too large a question, but the meeting place of cultures is also an important part of our here and now…”

So there we are. Layers on layers on layers of meaning and behavior and culture. (Turtles all the way down…)

Zeitgist Analysis

At first I was a bit confused by looking at the Zeitgist Analysis. It took me a while to understand it, but I came up with the idea that this worksheet helps society in identifying certain styles in fashion as well as trends. It really interests me on how fashion companies can predict the future of trends and it is honestly quite confusing trying to understand how in the world they do it. I am not really sure exactly what is the correct way to analyze this but it seems that the Nystrom/Brannon area of the worksheet is supposed to be focused on a certain type of society or group of people  because it is depending on the events that have happened, ideas, social groups, attitudes and technologies. The next part of the worksheet the “Zeitgist Map” looks like it is more getting into details about the society such as their economics, politics, etc. I think this is probably the most interesting part of the entire worksheet because it digs much deeper into finding out how trends and fashions come about. Last, the character of the era section looks like it shows the results at the end of all of the researching due to all of the categories above it. I do, however, think it is a bit weird that politics come into play with the decision of fashion trends, but maybe that is because I do not fully understand how they come about! I think by using this worksheet it makes it much easier and gives an actual guideline to discovering fashion trends in a society and I truly think that is interesting.