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The Ideal (Wo)Man: Part Two

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Androgyny, in a Western context, relates more to women and their subjugation by patriarchal systems of power. Tracing a few moments in history will exemplify this point before switching over to a discussion of the “sexiness” (Garber 233) in alternative vein of androgyny.  In ancient Greek and Roman society, those androgynous figures, as illustrated through […]

The Ideal (Wo)Man: Part One

Monday, April 25th, 2011

“Since wearers interact with a variety of others, their clothing becomes a complicated communication channel bearing many simultaneous messages, like a modern telephone cable, to individuals in their role sets.  Complications ensue.” (152) -Nathan Joseph, Uniforms and Nonuniforms: Communication through Clothing Androgyny, or so it seems to me, at least of the course of this semester, […]

Colloquialisms

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Okay, it’s time to cut through the academic crap flotsam and jetsam and straight-up name the questions I want to ask in my paper and why they are worth answering. 1. What is androgyny and does/can it really exist? (At this moment I believe that androgyny is fractured between the unisex and the gender bricolage, […]

The Effeminate Man

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

In an earlier post I addressed the fact that that male and female styles shared more similarities than distinctions. But fashion has become an aesthetic apparatus for policing the roles we accept. Furthermore, from the research I’ve conducted so far, androgyny appears to center around the unisex (a denial of or complete merging of gender), […]

Androgyny: Just a Bunch of Women in Suits?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Much like the beginning of the semester, since I’ve decided to examine androgyny exclusively, I’m returning to the basics again: a definition. But androgyny is an expansive concept, and believe me, my head is spinning.  My vision of sartorial androgyny is the detached woman in a suit of a slippery and impenetrable sex.  Men aren’t […]

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 […]

**Update**

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. http://seekingalpha.com/article/37450-don-t-throw-away-your-old-computer

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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