Scaling the Figure

Like Life: Sculpture, Color and the Body exhibition in the Met Breuer Museum was the type of exhibition that I would never have visited if it weren’t for the drawing class. The type of work exhibited was very eerie and uncomfortable to see, especially because they were sculptures of people and mannequins constructed in an obscure way. I personally do not like art that contains people, like portraits of sculptures of people. Some may disagree with my preferences, however, I only like the idea of capturing the “fleeting moment” when it comes to nature, or sceneries that contain people like backgrounds, not as the main subject.

The drawings I decided to draw for this assignment were those that were less eerie and made me feel more neutral rather than uncomfortable. These sculptures include Edgar Degas’ The Little 14 year old Dancer, Bharti Kher’s Mother Plaster & Wood, a roman sculpture of a nude female with drapery, and a Spanish or Mexican sculpture the Child Jesus Triumphant.

At first, I drew these sculptures from pictures I took, as I was not familiar with drawing from life, and felt it was easier to draw from a flat 2D image than a real 3D shape. However, after inspecting the drawings with the real sculpture, I realized that the drawings looked flat. Therefore, I drew them again with the actual sculpture in front of me. Although the drawings felt less proportionally accurate, it felt more voluminous and exciting.

The flower drawing was from the Whitney Museum of an oil painting by Grant Wood. I specifically liked this piece because of the color palette he used as well as the style of painting which was significantly different from his later works that are more popular.

Research Paper Proposal

Street Fashion:

Why it lasts but can’t last.

 

 

Keywords:

Fashion, hipster fashion, young consumers, fashion representation, street fashion, fast fashion

 

Thesis Statement:

I am studying Street Fashion because I want to find out why Street Fashion Brands/Lines have a large maniac fan base that help sustain the popularity of such controversial brands in order to help my reader understand the various fashion trends that may be disagreeable to the larger public, yet sensational to others. Along with addressing the reason behind its popularity, the research will also explore the reasons why the fashion trend will and should not last. This claim will be supported through various evidences gathered during my research which are both qualitative and quantitative. These evidences are mainly scholarly articles, research papers and documentaries made by professionals within their field of knowledge which increases the credibility of such evidences, as well as providing an insight into the area of knowledge that may not be familiar to the larger public.

 

 

Background

Fashion has been around us for centuries, however, fashion as an industry is a relatively new market. Fashion brands began developing rapidly since the 1950s, soon after the World War II, along with all the other industries which we contribute our money to everyday. More than 150 billion garments are produced every year, and it remains an industry worth over $3 trillion. The street fashion we may be familiar with today has become more controversial than ever, creating multiple sparks between consumers and the wider audience. However, with the increasing popularity of such fashion trend, the brands are pumping out uncountable numbers of clothing to suit the taste buds of those crazed consumers, which contributes to the underlying problem of the fashion industry: exploitation of scarce resources. The fashion industry, with the input of street fashion, has become a running treadmill that is impossible to slow down until it will finally collapse on itself. There simply aren’t enough resources available in this finite world to be exploited anymore.

 

 

Major Point 1

Street fashion lies within all the controversies of the fashion industry.

 

 

Major Point 2

Controversies remain essential in keeping their consumers and increasing their fan base.

 

 

Major Point 3

Street fashion will not last due to their unsustainable practices.

 

 

Conclusion

Controversies help sustain the fandom of street fashion and brands which identify as street fashion brands. However, the unsustainable nature of the model this fashion industry is based on, the trend will not last, and eventually fall. There already are many sustainable models and ways we can exercise and embed into the fashion industry for more sustainability and conservability of our resources, however, these examples are economically less practical thus making it hard to be applied into the real world. The next steps of the fashion industry therefore, is to begin practicing these sustainable concepts and change them into a working model.