Editor’s Week in Review: Jan 7

Happy New Year!

Worn Through News:
For 2011 we’re excited to begin this new year of posts, a redesign in the second half of the year, new interns, more collaborative projects, more interviews, and more fun giveaways!

2010 was our most productive year to date, and we grew in ways I’d never imagined when I started this blog by myself a few years back. It has been thrilling to watch its evolution into a community on our end as the WT team and I like to think as a readership as well.

This year we hope to emphasize that community spirit, and we encourage you to visit us on facebook, Twitter, and yes even in person (I know–a practically forgotten method!) as I’ll most likely be at the Costume Society of America conference in June and other WT contributors will be making appearences throughout the year and will let you know.

And with community growth in mind, please continue to let us know what you’re up to—be it an exhibition you’re curating, an exciting class you’ve just developed, a book you wrote that you want everyone to know about, etc. We cannot promise we’ll post about everything, but often your personal emails are how we find out about the best stuff and we want to support your efforts. So have a fun and productive new year, and let’s work together to continue to promote our interest in dress and culture.

General News:
I saw this article about restrictions on children’s dress for their extracurricular activities and thought it was sort of interesting. While I (no surprise) disagree with the fact a kid needs a certain haircut to play youth sports, I do think the argument the authorities in the story make that schooltime is when all things are equal (in terms of hair at least), but, that extracurriculars are a luxury and have different (they mean their version of higher standards). I don’t personally agree with this, but I think it’d be fascinating to develop a study related to this in some way. Something about cohesiveness of teams, or how those who participate in more after-school extras are distinguished from those who don’t, etc. Basically a study to to see if it really matters to quality of the player’s experience to look or not look like the others on his/her team or at school in general. I’m sure there’s probably lots of work in this general topic, but it seems always relevant to talk about youth studies issues in relation to apparel as they change with trends, technology, economic fluctuations, and the approach to the study can generally give it a new spin.

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