Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fashionista, Ancient and Modern

Everyone wants to keep up with the trends of their time. The clothes we wear not only make us look good but they represent the time period in which we are living and who we are as a person. My exhibit, “Fashionista” covers fashion trends from ancient Egypt to modern day, consisting of dresses, shoes, hats and scarfs. Since we use the expression from outfitted ourselves from “head to toe”, I chose to display my objects from the hats people wore to the shoes they walked in.  One work displayed in my exhibit, “Titleholder’s Hat”, played a huge role for men in the Kuba Kingdom as a formal admission to adulthood. A male who received this cap was accepted into adulthood and was ready to take responsibility in the Kingdom. In the 19th century, there existed a trend amongst chinese women to wrap their feet around or wear lotus shoes so they can have tiny feet. This trend demonstrates the great influence of fashion on women due to their willful subjection to pain in order to fit in. The oldest object in my exhibit is the “Belt Buckle”, created during the Frankish Empire in the 6th century. Although this work is significantly dated, it possesses a certain familiarity to us because we have belt buckles like these nowadays. Working on this project I came to a conclusion that every time period has a different type of trend, which effects people greatly. All these fashion trends inspired cultures to create their own ideas.

“Titleholder’s Hat (Laket mishiing)”
19th-20th century
Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
Bergdorf Goodman
Costume Institute

Sally Victor
Costume Institute

Costume Institute

Ulrich Apt the Elder
“Portrait of a Man and His Wife”
European Paintings

French Painter
“Henri III, King of France”
16th century 
European Paintings

probably Mexican
“Toreador Suit”
fourth quarter 19th century
Costume Institute

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana
Costume Institute

  1. Frankish Empire
“Belt Buckle”
Medieval Art

Chinese (Han Dynasty)
“Lotus Shoes”
late 19th-20 century
Costume Institute

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