Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.
(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).
I loved this Ted talk
ok but i watched this talk a while back and thought there was tons of slutshaming and policing of women’s clothes in there. she uses language like “natural sense of modesty” or “little girls would not be running around in sexy underwear and skimpy bikinis if it wasn’t for their parents…” or “we need to bring [the natural sense of modesty] back” “modesty is about…revealing our dignity.” i am all for people wanting to dress how they want or feel comfortable or for combating objectifying attitudes, but i’m frustrated by how much of it just comes down to extolling the virtues of “modesty” (whatever the fuck that even means). especially growing up as a muslim woman and hearing that word all the fucking time, like i just it’s such a fucked up concept.
so this is the outcome of my latest project for univeristy.
the task was to design (a) dress(es) for the theme “winter wonderland”.
So this is mine, two unisex dresses, which can be worn together or not.
Dian Pelangi, Indonesian fashion designer.
Today I was feeling especially shitty about gender binary, and how it’s acceptable to be androgynous only if you’re young, thin and pretty. I hear people talking shit about old “men” who wear makeup and “look ridiculous”, and I feel like they’re talking about me because one day I’ll be old and wrinkly and maybe finally brave enough to wear whatever the fuck I want. So I doodled these to cheer myself up, as a kind of a “fuck you” to assholes and a “love you” to fellow genderqueer people. Let’s grow old together and be awesome. <3
This is utter perfection.
re: Modesty Experiments - “Wear Hijab for a Day”
Charles Frederick Worth
Evening Ensemble with Harem Pants
Cream and blue taffeta; gold metallic and spangle embroidery, kakma, leaf, tulip and other floral motifs connected with gold couched thread meandering line; gold crochet ball trim; white tulle, gold spangles at intervals; blue and white cord Turkish fancy dress costume.
This Turkish style costume exhibits the European and American fascination with Turkish dress which stems from the 18th century and endured throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. This trend culminated in 1911 with Paul Poiret’s “harem” pants and Turkish themed fancy dress ball, “1002nd Night.” This style of pants also saw widespread use in the early 19th century for water exercises.
This particular pair of Turkish trousers combined with its elaborately embroidered fashionable bodice, is appropriate for a fancy dress ball and indicates the lengths that people would go to for this type of costume event. Owning an expensive Worth fancy dress ball ensemble would have been the epitome of distinction and extravagance.
Charles Frederick Worth was born in England and spent his young adulthood working for textile merchants in London while researching art history at museums. In 1845 he moved to Paris and worked as a salesman and a dressmaker before partnering with Otto Bobergh to open the dressmaking shop, Worth and Bobergh, in 1858. They were soon recognized by royalty and major success followed. In 1870 Worth became the sole proprietor of the business. At his shop, Worth fashioned completed creations which he then showed to clients on live models. Clients could then order their favorites according to their own specifications. This method is the origin of haute couture. Worth designed gowns which were works of art that implemented a perfect play of colors and textures created by meticulously chosen textiles and trims. The sheer volume of the textiles he employed on each dress is testimony to his respect and support of the textile industry. Worth’s creative output maintained its standard and popularity throughout his life. The business continued under the direction of his sons, grandsons and great-grandsons through the first half of the twentieth century.
[mod note] The obsession with Turkish costume and dress in European fashion actually goes far back into the Middle Ages, enjoying especial popularity during the Fourth Crusade, and again around the Fall of Constantinople in the 1450s.