Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dress Codes

Welcome back everyone!

Over break I saw an amazing exhibit at the International Center of Photography in NYC. What I loved about the exhibit was the fact that it wasn't just about fashion photography, instead, artists understood fashion as a form of social communication. Their thought provoking use of costume, clothing, and disguise created a rich visual language that is filled with references to history, culture, gender and geography.

Yto Barrada
The Belt, Step 1 to 9, from the series The Smugglers, Tangier, 2006
© Yto Barrada
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Polaris, Paris

A few questions to bear in mind:
How do we construct the selves that we show to the rest of the world? How is cultural identity or individuality expressed in an era of global culture? How can clothing, beauty, and style be employed to define community, fabricate fantasies, or signal power? And, in the midst of widespread economic crisis, how do we now regard the aesthetic of excess and high style that pervaded the past decade?

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