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On Teaching: The Socio-economic Impact of Clothing

“Fashion matters. To the economy, to society and to each of us personally. Faster than anything else, what we wear tells the story of who we are- or who we want to be. Fashion is the most immediate intimate form of self-expression.” Frances Corner, Author of Why Fashion Matters (2014). Photo courtesy of The Women’s Room Blog This week I had a student’s parent ask …

On Teaching Fashion: Gender Neutral Design

Gender neutral design is making news again with Prada’s Spring 2015 Menswear  collection including remarks from the designer that  “…more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders.” Selfridges has also announced their new Agender project described as “a fashion exploration of the masculine, the feminine and the interplay…found in between.” A previous Wornthrough.com article titled Gender Neutral Fashion discussed this topic back in 2012, …

Global Mode: Mara Carfagna

Silvio Berlusconi has proved himself a master of putting beautiful women at the center of everything: human relationships, politics, television. While a professed lover of women (many hundreds–thousands?–of times over), he accepts quite a bit of glory for “manly exploits” without taking responsibility for questionably legal actions inappropriate to a head of state. While denouncing his illegal and/or distasteful acts, many media outlets choose to …

Book Review: Pink and Blue

    Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America by Jo B. Paoletti Indiana University Press (2012)   As regular readers perhaps know, gender and color theory are two great interests of mine, and I relished the opportunity for a sneak-peak at Jo B. Paoletti‘s soon-to-be-released Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America (I previously wrote my …

Hair Textiles and Gaga

We all know Gaga loves her wigs, but she also dabbles with clothes that resemble wigs, as with this LaVer dress she recently wore to a taping of The View:   Gaga on The View, May 2011 LaVer couture hair dress, 2010 collection Since medieval times, locks of hair have been given to lovers as amulets, and the Victorians wove hair of the deceased into …

Flamenco Fashion!

  I have recently become addicted (as in, I watch it every couple of days. Perhaps on repeat.) to Anna Calvi’s simple but mesmerizing video Blackout: Though this particular video spends much time grazing Ms. Calvi’s chiseled jawline and lingering on her sensuous, down-turned red mouth (all of which I heartily approve of!), you unfortunately don’t get a concrete taste of her distinctive style, as …

Age and Gender Appropriate Fashion

A few months ago I discovered a video of 8 and 9 year-old girls in a national dance contest, athletically gyrating to the Beyoncé hit “Single Ladies” (a.k.a.”Put a Ring on It”). Prepare yourself: I am anything but a prude, but there was something distinctly unsettling in watching prepubescent girls dance around in fringed burlesque underwear, however talented they are. And I started thinking, as …

Cross Dressing Through History – Women

This is the second installation of the lecture I recently gave in a gender / sociology class at FIT. The first focused on the adoption of feminine fashion trends by men and the seemingly inevitable moral condemnation / censorship of such implied homosexuality (accurate or not); this one follows the appropriation of menswear by women — at first timidly, but sewing the seeds for the …

School Dress Codes Target Gender

After reading the New York Times article “Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?,” exasperation and a wee bit of fury rumbled in my belly. As presented by Jan Hoffman, increasing numbers of school children are pushing the boundaries of so-called acceptable attire by cross dressing– a term used quite loosely here. “Cross dressing” could mean a boy wearing a bit of eyeliner or …

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