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This is a “must watch,” I think…
From the Webs site:
“You don’t expect the most extravagant fashions to be flaunted in the regions of the world which are hardest hit by severely compromised living conditions and widespread poverty. But a group in the Congo known as The Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People, or La Sape for short, makes it their mission to defy these common expectations. The documentary short The Congo Dandies explores their commitment to maintaining an elegant quality of life that goes beyond the mere clothes they wear.”
Some things I’ve been thinking:
It was cool to see my classmates recalling their childhood in the videos- the excitement and the nostalgia in their voice made their fashion moment much more special. We got to recall a moment where we were truly being ourselves and finding our freedom through fashion.
Also lets give humans and clothes credit. We discovered a way to weave plant fibers together for a useful piece of fabric. We then designed methods on how to fit them on the body- pretty cool.
Lastly about the article of LA fashion producers. It was sad yet inspiring to read that even though they don’t get paid much at all they still find pride in what they do. One person said it’s is so satisfying to construct clothing- it’s an art and craft. We don’t give these people credit- it all goes to the fashion house or designer. Let’s give credit to those who are under paid in awful conditions making our clothes- making them with love and skill.
That’s all for my rambling. Have a great day.
Certainly a Zeitgeist comment, perhaps even a fashion-Zeiteist comment? Notice the three references to the backlash against “what/who are you wearning”?
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This is very interesting. The Korean government put a lot of support behind the use and publicizing of the hanbok after the Korean economic collapse in 1997. The Icelandic government supported the groundswell of interest in national dress a few years later. Then after the economic collapse in Iceland a grassroots increase of its own appeared.
Now Korea seems to be running out of steam. Is this not sustainable without official support?
(I’m not saying that the Icelandic and the Korean shifts are in any way related or for the same reasons, b.t.w. Just the timeframe… Let’s see where Iceland is in 4-5 years?)
Seems in fact that the Korean hanbok is now shifting into a similar cultural space as that occupied by any of the five Icelandic costumes:
“‘Young couples today in Korea are not having as many children, so when they all get together for traditional holidays, those gatherings are very small,” Kim says. “They don’t try to keep their traditions strictly by wearing hanbok.’
Kim adds that the cost of the custom-made outfits, which can run as high as several thousand dollars, has forced many families to scale back from making annual hanbok purchases.”
Link to article on NPR Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive : Code Switch : NPR.
This would be an interesting discussion to have. (Could be a whole course in itself.) When I was a teen (back in the 1970’s!) the general idea was that by now gender difference would not really be an issue. But here we are.
Once again… How hard is this to understand? Or are the designers/ marketers being deliberately provocative, by this kind of cultural appropriation?
Link to article: New York Fashion Week Designer steals from Northern Cheyenne/Crow artist Bethany Yellowtail | Native Appropriations.