Final Paper Topic Choices, History of Fashion: Recitation

Greetings! In this post I have decided to propose three mediated images in relation to fashion throughout the years of 1850 to the 1990s; for the investigation of my final paper. Here they are, enjoy!

Image 1):

Background: Photograph of my maternal grandmother “Beverly,” circa 1970s, summertime in Florida, wearing a floral crop-top and matching bell-bottom jumpsuit pants.

Explanation of Choice: I found this image compelling due to its aesthetic and the subject matter it portrays. The aesthetic is bright and whimsical; whereas the cut and outfit is revealing; which circulates back to the concept of the ever-changing mode in societal behavior of what is acceptable to wear and what is unacceptable. At this time if one were to wear an outfit showing this much skin, it would be all too common to be subjected to sexist slurs, catcalling, body shaming, or even stalking; whereas then, this look was considered hip and trendy.

Relationship: This piece is similar to my work in the manner of pattern and color usage; whereas its simplicity serves as a stark contrast to my over the top designs. Occasionally I will find the courage to dress this way; but I am often left depressed by the end of it with the responses it produces on the street.

Image 2):

Background: Photograph of my paternal grandmother “Violet,” circa 1950s, at her wedding reception in Nebraska, wearing her wedding gown. This gown is characterized by the trends set at this time for bridal attire; ballerina hems that exposed the calves and/or ankles, lace bolero jackets that could be removed after the wedding ceremony to expose a dainty princess cut neckline, and lace tiers for fullness.

Explanation of Choice: This photograph appealed to me due to the context of my grandparents wedding, (which involved them running away illegally together to get married, my grandfather getting thrown in jail and bailed out for having his cousin forge a signature as approval by “guardian,” and the two official ceremonies they had afterwards).

Relationship: Although this piece does not relate to my personal style, (due to its formality), many of my designs do relate to the intricacy of this dress.

Image 3):

Background: Photo of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen wearing early punk rock attire, circa 1970s, London. In this photo we see Nancy well ahead of her time in overtly feminist garb, wearing a blazer, tight leather pants, and a see-through top which shows her bra; whereas Sid Vicious dresses in clothing typical of the trends set in motion by punk pioneers Vivienne Westwood, and Malcolm McLaren. A leather jacket with patches and pins strewn about, studded cuffs, ripped pants, and an overtly offensive t-shirt.

Explanation of Choice: Sid Vicious (bassist of the Sex Pistols) and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen; are an infamous pair who are often shamed in society for their drug use and suspected murder charges however, the way these two dressed and interacted with one another is the epitome of the irony and rebellion the incoming 1980s scene would represent. Examples of this shock factor include Nancy wearing bras and bondage wear in public, and Vicious wearing swastika t-shirts with Nancy (his Jewish girlfriend) in a loving embrace. The feelings that their wardrobe and lifestyle conjured are enough to leave one in a severely puzzled state. Even more so, this photo appealed to me due to a recent obsession of mine with the Sex Pistols, and the fact that I live strikingly close to the Hotel Chelsea where these two resided.

Relationship: I suppose the punk fashion scene mezmerizes me because of how eccentric and differentiating it is from my own designs, (though I do secretly have a longing to dress this way for my everyday wear)- the edgy aesthetic appeals to my personality and life experiences.


Hello, My name is Megan Taylor, I am a returning student here at Parsons; my major is Fashion Design with a peaking interest in environmentalism and animal welfare; I hope to transform the industry someday...slowly but surely. My wish is to combine luxury and aesthetic appeal with the consciousness of how and where it is made along with the idea of what to do with it after use. I have been following my need to create and share with the world art and fashion since the tender age of eleven years old.

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