- Who decides if a person is fashionable or not?
- Do clothes define you?
- Is fashion only for beautiful people?
- Is there an ideal body type?
- Is body image important?
- Is there an “ugly person” concept in fashion?
- Why do fashion magazines put skinny models on the cover?
- Is there an ideal body shape in fashion?
- What are the beauty standards in fashion?
- Does the fashion industry have a negative impact on society?
For Bridge 1 project, we were assigned to write 100 questions about fashion. I found myself asking questions about how the fashion industry use body image. From the questions I wrote, I highlighted 10 questions I was drawn into and inspired. With those 10 questions about body image and beauty standards, I came up with an idea where I can make social experiment about beauty. For my 3D project, I bought a mirror and wrote “you are beautiful” on it and started walking around Washington Square Park asking strangers how they felt when they look at the mirror. I asked them to write down their feelings on a post-it. Most of the answers were optimistic which was a success for me because I wanted see if people look at theirselves in the mirror and compared theirselves with some model on a fashion magazine cover and wrote an answer according to it, which didn’t happen most of the time.
At the end of my project/experiment, I saw a relationship with the 4 pieces I made in studio with my seminar project. In both of my works I criticized the standardized part of fashion.