Bridge 3 Vestige Project

Individual Justification:

Fishnet Tights
For my object that I am incorporating into our piece is a pair of fishnet tights. The reason for this is that punk-rock culture emerged and impacted East Village in a way that added to New York’s wild, gritty character; however, it is now disguised by high class business people and distracting touristy restaurants. Patti Smith, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Lydia Lynch and more were musician icons that had a heavy impact on punk rock culture not only in their home in the CBGB club on the Bowery, but punk rock all over the world . Lydia Lynch, a singer famous during the no wave era, says that “New York City during the ’70s was a beautiful ravaged slag—impoverished and neglected after suffering decades of abuse. Taking into account this strong character of freedom and liberation that New York conveyed through music, I thought that my black fishnet tights would be an important aspect in the outfit to add that punk aspect. Fishnets are a big aspect in punk rock fashion and can be used in various ways that are part of modern day fashion as well as past fashion trends. They were first used in the burlesque era that were worn by women to proclaim their freedom and sexuality. I would cut up the fishnet tights and use it to either add to the texture of the ripped shirt or onto the pants or jacket. I would only use the fishnets to add patterns and texture to the outfit to subtly add a touch of punk rock fashion.

Collective Justification:

Group members: Jessica Fetanatnia, Emily , Tayanc Oztas , Sam Gamberg , Rosie Location: The East Village

For our group project in Integrated Studio 1: Avatar, we are doing an outfit that represents the 70’s punk culture in East Village Manhattan, out of our own clothes. One part of the outfit to is a plain black shirt. Even though a black shirt does not seem like a big attribution, it is a key to make an outfit complete. Black is definitely a color that strongly represents the 70’s punk movement very well. In addition to that, the punk scene was present mostly during the night time, since black is a color that represents night, it can also be used to reflect the presence of the punk scene at night-clubs in East Village. To give the sense of ‘edge’ that the punk kids have, we cropped the shirt to give it a more edgy and punk look. The punk scene also brought a new silhouette to fashion world for men. Before the punk scene, a man wearing a crop top was not even a thought. A woman putting on a manly figure was considered ‘okay’ to portray a masculine figure but men portraying a feminine figure wasn’t until the super skinny and cropped tops that punk kids wore to express their riot out to the world. The punk scene is also very unapologetic, and does not care about what society thinks, so in that sense, making the top into a crop top could also emphasize that part of the punk scene.

The color black being a staple, another incorporation of it is with the pants. Black has historically been seen as sinister, something you would strive to get rid of, but punks going against the government, use black as a way to express their discomfort and displeasure with the system. Black was also seen as sexual, with bondage and victorian goth the color was used to express emotion, particularly the feelings people do not typically talk about, like sex. Although they are black, the pants I had were to sleek to resemble the gritty nature of punk style. To embrace the rebellious style, we will distress the jeans, cut holes, and spray paint them to create a worn look as well as embody the punks way of remaking their own outfits. The mutilation of clothing was a political statement of rebellion going against what is “proper” to be offensive and to be seen and the spray paint represents punks’ vandalism and the neighborhoods culture today with wall art and graffiti along side of all the buildings.

We are also incorporating fishnet tights. The reason for this is that punk-rock culture emerged and impacted East Village in a way that added to New York’s wild, gritty character; however, it is now disguised by high class business people and distracting touristy restaurants. Patti Smith, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Lydia Lynch and more were musician icons that had a heavy impact on punk rock culture not only in their home in the CBGB club on the Bowery, but punk rock all over the world . Lydia Lynch, a singer famous during the no wave era, says that “New York City during the ’70s was a beautiful ravaged slag—impoverished and neglected after suffering decades of abuse. Taking into account this strong character of freedom and liberation that New York conveyed through music, we thought that my black fishnet tights would be an important aspect in the outfit to add that punk aspect. Fishnets are a big aspect in punk rock fashion and can be used in various ways that are part of modern day fashion as well as past

fashion trends. They were first used in the burlesque era that were worn by women to proclaim their freedom and sexuality. We are cutting the fishnet tights and adding them to the texture of the ripped shirt to subtly add a touch of punk rock fashion.

Overtop of the shirt we are using an oversize denim jacket. The jacket is an essential item to show the simple style and the strong characters. With the jacket, punk fashion has been recognized as a trend that many well-known designers, such as Vivienne Westwood and Anna Sui, have used in their design. A personalized, punk, denim jacket has recently become popular in a fashion again because it is a way to show people’s personalities, and their ideas and opinions.

For the shoes, we are using Doc Marten boots. We chose these boots because they have always been a staple in the closet of young counter culture movements. They were popular in the 70s and 80s in the punk movement, and they were also championed by musicians and artists at this time. The East Village has historically been a home to the punk movement, and to artists for example Andy Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Today, Doc Martens are still very popular. It is not uncommon to see students in the East Village sporting the classic black boots. Because the boots are very durable, most of the time when someone is wearing them they have an individual quality as they often mold to the wearers feet. They are often found very worn in with individual scuff marks and signs of general wear and tear. The use of black Doc Marten boots in our outfit points to the history of the East Village’s young creative rebellious residents while also pointing to their continued use today.

 

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