I’ve been thinking a lot about identity lately. Reading books like Transorientalism in Art, Fashion, and Film: Inventions of Identity by Adam Geczy, and Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion edited by Giovanni Matteucci and Stefano Marino has been supplemented by a workshop with George Aye at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis and thinking about the upcoming Ai Wei Wei exhibit at the Wash U Kemper Museum of Art – all within the context of the global discourse on migration, immigration, and exile.
So, thinking about my own identity as I prepared for my day today, I was struggling with my appearance. I wanted to feel like I look… young but not too young, my age, but not too old, hip and not ridiculous I had a hard time articulating to myself what I want to look like! I settled on “modern and connected and put together.” A statement from my reading comes to mind; I wanted to please what I think people will think other people think about my appearance.” That is, I wanted to be what some people call, ‘in fashion.’ I have read that fashion is “age therapy” and “self-esteem therapy.”
I am starting to have an aversion for that word (Fashion) and all the baggage (no pun intended) it brings to the table. Going forward, I’m going to try to forget fashion and all its baggage. My goal is to cultivate a modern, connected and put-together persona. Ironically, I predict that fashion will happen in that environment automatically.
Recently, I have come to an epiphany (!) about sustainability. I had considered sustainability to be one of the areas of my design and research. The shift is to realize that sustainable principles are the overarching umbrella that influences EVERYTHING. When considering that sustainability is working today for the long-term future, everything, from business models to material choices to production practices to consumer behavior needs to be considered. The background of this post is a picture of the re-invented corn silo in Cape Town that is now the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, one of the places where that inspired my realization that sustainability is about more than materials or energy. It’s also about people, systems, and behaviors. #zeitzmocca #capetown #fashionmatterstoo #wustlfashion #sustainabilbity #fashion #fashion design #designthatmatters #fashionmatters #souloffashion
Fashion would not exist without materials; weaving is one of the oldest crafts and preserving tradition while pushing innovation is an essential part of the fashion conversation. I just discovered this delightful podcast, an interview with Mario Sierra telling the story of a family weaving business in northern Ireland, Mourne Textiles. A lovely story of growing up in a weaving studio and keeping the family legacy alive. All images on this post are from https://mournetextiles.com/
Back to the future: With the increasing focus in the US on women’s reproductive rights and the potential reconsideration of the seminal Roe vs. Wade 1973 US Supreme Court decision, fashion leaders have begun to bring clothing elements of the 1970s to the limelight. Gucci Resort 2020 gives a 21st Century perspective through an Italian lens. The entire collection is thought-provoking in so many ways
The look I chose to feature here pulls the 1970s bohemian hippy look into the 21st century with medieval-inspired hair, sleeves, wrapping, and chain-mail-like cap, Egyptian-inspired pectoral necklace and goffered pleats, renaissance-inspired choppine shoes, – with 1950s-inspired cat-eye sunglasses — all details foreshadowed by the pink embroidered depiction of the female reproductive system as a diagram many of us learned about in 5th grade sex-ed class.
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