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Archive for January, 2011

Man Repelling

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I intended to include this in my post on feminism and fashion, but I accidentally left it out.  Anyway, Leandra Medine is a fashion blogger known for her playful site, The Man Repeller, which chronicles styles that repulse the opposite sex.  Typically, these items encompass difficult trends like turbans and ponchos, or garments that fail […]

It’s Not a Man’s World

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Men and women share a deceptively similar relationship to fashion, however men usually attempt to distance themselves from fashion in due to its gendered connotations.  Men feign disinterest in fashion to avoid the superficial, silly stereotype.  They select sober dress as “a sign of duty, discipline and devotion” (Arnold 114) often connected to activities like […]

Fashion: Feminist Friend or Foe?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Who has fashion?  Well, women for one.  The word “fashion” itself almost automatically links to females.  The common association conjures up images of excessive adornment and vapid frivolity: sky-high heels, clownish cosmetics and frilly dresses.  Women face bullying for failing to don feminine attire and weather insults when they focus on clothing with inordinate enthusiasm. […]

Introductory Remarks

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The code of reputability in matters of dress decides what shapes, colors, materials, and general effects in human apparel are for the time to be accepted as suitable; and departures from the code are offensive to our taste, supposedly as being departures from aesthetic truth. -Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class When beginning […]

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