Since the first piece I've been working on, "Frat Karma" is still in the drafting stage, and I'm trying to kill time before having to call in for my on-call at work at 1:00, I decided to post about my other passion--Fashion.
The four women who are pictured on the left: Pattie Boyd ("Layla," wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, model and Rock 'n' Roll muse), Deborah Harry (Blondie), Sienna Miller (Star of "Factory Girl," mish-mash of Kate Moss with a v-card and a mod throwback bombshell), the one and only notorious Kate Moss, and Bridgette Bardot (1960's sexpot), have greatly influenced the development of my personal style. The thing I find truly interesting about each of these women is that their influence not only affected the fashion world, but also extended throughout the worlds of music, art, and pop culture. Their individuality defined the attitudes of generations and ultimately changed culture as a whole. However, I feel as if many people do not realize that fashion holds more implications than merely defining the way individuals dress. Rather, it influences both the moral and political attitudes of society as a whole. For example, when many individuals attend 1960's theme parties, they don a tie-dye shirt. What would define the decade of the 60's without its mix of both mod and bohemian attire? Clothing is the most prominent definition of visual association with a generation: the rising hemline and bowler hat of the roaring 20's, the idealistic circle skirt characteristic of the 50's.
I once had a fellow sorority sister ask me. "What is the point of spending so much money on frivolous things, like expensive clothing?" Proving that most people associate an interest in fashion with label conscious snobbery rather than a passion for artistic expression through an outlet that is different from the more widely accepted ones such as painting, writing, or composing music. Personally, fashion isn't an attempt to be "better" than anyone else by expressing some sort of uber-chicness through the style of my clothing, but rather it is an assertion of my individuality to better my creative spirit. This is why I appreciate these women, they are not afraid to push the boundaries of "conventional fashion" while expressing themselves in a way that is modern and edgy, yet timeless.