Wednesday was "rent-a-senior" day at school. It was a fundraiser for the senior class, where underclassmen can pay to rent a senior to follow them around school all day and do their work! I was rented by my friend Bean! :]
Being a socially-concious young individual, I have had some misgivings about pursuing a career in fashion, which is known for often being a completely shallow, ruthlessly commercial industry. Fashion can help people fit in or stand out. Fashion can be a form of protest, as with punks. It can also enforce uniformity, as in the case where so-called Mao suits became the national uniform of mainland china. As someone who has an intense love for fashion, style, and trend but is inspired by revolution, nonconformism, and expression of beliefs, I have issue with the way the fashion industry works and the way it is viewed. I've written often that style is about individuality. It can also be about social reform or protest. Think of Tinker Vs. Des Moines- students wore black armbands in protest of the vietnam war. Hopefully this generation will be the group to change fashion again, and get people's attention.
My friend Emily- a.k.a. Bean- and I wrote an article for our school's newspaper about this very issue, and I'd like to share it here.
And yes, our working title is "Things". We were working under a deadline. :p
Nikki DeBenedetto and Emily Hripak
Students go to high school to figure out their goals. But what happens when your goals conflict with your principles? The dilemma with being a young person who is both honest and goal-oriented is that a lot of things become contradictions. Someone who is sincerely interested in fashion as a career, yet against the fierce consumerism of this capitalist society, is up against a most interesting catch-22.
Fashion changes constantly. Trends have always been a big part of fashion. For some, modern fast-paced changes in trends embody many of the negative aspects of capitalism: they result in waste and encourage consumers to buy things unnecessarily. However, most people have a constant desire for something new and more interesting, and fashion’s constant changes can provide that.
As a society, we are constantly attracted to what we are told is better, newer, more attractive- even if what we already have is perfectly fine. Style by definition comes from personal expression, and not trend. Many designers consider themselves artists, and the clothing they make is a means of artistic expression. But the high price tag that accompanies the wearable work of art is off-putting and concerning, especially during a time of economic crisis. High-end designers and trend followers must not forget that fashion begins with the true artists, who use fashion as a form of expression or even social commentary.
As young people considering careers in fashion, the goal is ultimately to be an inspiration to the world of fashion with a self-run company. And striving to run a company based almost completely on a exploitive capitalist system - as a hybrid artist, advertiser, business manager, and marketer, in fact- it is conflicting to be placed between your beliefs and your passion for creativity.
As an industry of creative professionals, the fashion world as a whole could benefit from slowing down and taking a good look around. Fashionable clothing is worth so much more when it is given 100%- not only designed well, but made well, and valued as an investment to be saved, used, and reused well into the future. In the words of Vivienne Westwood, “There’s this idea that somehow you’ve got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they’d get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked. If you ask me what I think people should be getting next season, I’ll tell you what I’d like them to buy—nothing. I’d like people to stop buying and buying and buying…”
So, readers, what's your stand? I would absolutely love to hear opinions on this... start a debate!
Today I found something I think is hilarious good advice over on the blog Haute Macabre
It pertains to hipster-y-ness, shredded tights, and wearing what you want:
"Wear whatever makes you happy, acceptable or not
If you are, in fact, a hipster douchebag, these will hardly amplify the fact
If you’re teetering on the brink of hipster douchebaggery I would stay away from these, unless you’re ready to plunge head-first into plaid everything, fedoras and headbands [headbands on fedoras, maybe? With stuck-on mustaches?]
Just go back to 1 and find inner peace. Punch the next person to challenge your choices."
My personal opinion on shredded tights? They can look pretty cool, but I don't understand the point of buying pre-shredded tights at a store. Almost all of my tights are shredded or have holes in them, but that's because I dance in them, or they rip from regular wear. Why pay extra for something that happens naturally? That's why being a "hipster" is kind of about artificially reproducing uncool sort of experiences - such as ripping your tights. This makes the person look like they don't care about anything - and are therefore "cool". In my opinion and experience, being called a "hipster" is generally looked down upon, though some people seem to strive for it.
Things I have been doing lately: Various concerts- including the Bamboozle Festival, Alternative Press Tour, and Lady Gaga; Massive amounts of scholarship essays and school assignments; my high school art show, independent study projects, preparing for performances in my school's talent show and my drama club's Cabaret Night, and my dance recital; other senior-y responsibilities; cleanin'..etc! So as you can see I've been super busy, and I'm really sorry I haven't been postin' lately!
However I have been on twitter and I usually update at least once a day because I can access it from my phone wherever I am. 0;]
Well here's a list of posts that are COMINGGGG SOOONNN :]