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Archive for February, 2011

Women on the Verge: An Introduction to Punk, Kinderwhore and Heroin Chic

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Methods of overt fashion rebellion are often conceived within subcultures as a way to resist the dominant culture’s ideology and propagate new counter-arguments against the mainstream, be it a political, social, economic or moral focus.  These three styles: punk, kinderwhore and heroin chic herald a subversive aesthetic, particularly fascinating in regards to women, because they […]


Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Just FYI, I’ve decided to move my Fashion Link Friday to a separate page from my blog entries. In the future, I might also create a separate page for research sources. Image Credit: “Antiquated computer.” Photo. 17 February 2011.

Androgyny and Virginia Woolf’s Orlando

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Since cultural norms define the dichotomy of conventional fashion nothing feels more disturbing than androgyny.  Indeed, androgyny subverts the patriarchal roles of man and woman because it resists clinging to such static identities.  Androgyny reminds the individual that male or female designation is social artistry rather than natural impulse.  As Nancy Cervetti interprets it, gender […]

Signs and Symbols

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

After these few weeks of combing through library shelves, exploring different approaches to and topics on fashion and composing blog entries, I’ve decided to narrow my lens a little more precisely on my research.  The what, why and who of fashion are all electric questions, if not endless, daunting and so hypnotic, but browsing through my […]

Body Conscious

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Despite a common fascination with fashion, rarely do people consider undergarments, or at least admit that they think of underpinnings at all.  Foundation garments, usually relegated to the private domain, remain essential to producing the final desired effect.  They smooth, they lift and they cinch to perfection.  When people introduce them for public wear, though, […]

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