: Art Happens

*Warning: Not attempting to create a feminist rant but could possibly turn into one*

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Man: “She’s way too skinny.”

Woman: “I would never wear that.”

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Man: “She’s sexy, beautiful, perfect”

Woman: “How can I look like her?”

Though I might be exaggerating a little bit, this is pretty much how it goes. The thing is, since we’re living in a man’s world, the second picture is much more widely accepted. One thing we all know: men like boobs and butts. We can’t necessarily blame them for their biological needs to, well, get it on. But we can blame our patriarchal society for reproducing images like the second in order to assure that men’s ideas of the perfect body are seeded into each citizen’s heads, especially women’s.

Since men don’t react well to extremely skinny bodies that are very androgynous, women in return don’t strive to look like runway models. They strive to look like the almost equally skinny woman who resembles “femininity” with her busty physique. In women’s defense, not wearing runway like fashion could partially be because of it’s lack of realistic use but something tells me that there’s more to it. I might go as far to say that women don’t dress for themselves because they follow these standards that are presented in media, they dress for men.

If this commercialized model is ever present to women, then what role does couture fashion play in all of this?

Girls throwing shade at other girls is nothing new. The amount that women blame couture models for these unrealistic standards of beauty and body size/shape is a little ridiculous to me. The real problem here isn’t the couture models, it’s the way media portrays women in commercialized fashion. What people have a problem taking a step back and realizing is maybe these models are not supporting the same skinny ideal as commercial models.

Couture models could possibly be doing something to help this unrealistic standard in their own way. Just like most women, they don’t fall into the “perfect” mold for a woman. They are bony, they are lanky, and they portray androgynous features. All features that don’t reinforce the over womanized problem in society. These models are actually creating an act of feminism by going against patriarchal standards. Along with this, the couture clothing is not created to attract men. It is made to create different shapes, and ideas through garments, instead of just accentuating ‘womanly’ shape.

It could be perceived that woman sacrificing their body is not an act of feminism. I think the shape of high fashion models is creating an act against male power. At this point, with the uneven playing field with men and women, women must create an act to create female empowerment, not just equality. That’s exactly what the high fashion world is doing. They are presenting garments in a way that aren’t made for men. They are showing that fashion doesn’t need to be revolved around the consumption of men. It could be a discussion that women are then be objectified as hangers that are a blank canvas, but I think this goes hand in hand with how women get plastic surgery to be more ‘womanly’, where these models may go through physical transformation to be less womanly  (less body fat, small boobs).

Since we’ve taken out the sexuality of fashion, it allows for something greater to blossom. I find it in resemblance of the fine arts.

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The lines and shapes that are able to come through in a garment resemble shapes and moods created through art.

Without attempting to mold into man’s society, art can come out of clothing.

By looking at couture fashion in a new light, the fashion industry and world could take a step in the right direction in separating itself from the same criticism of commercialized fashion.

Either way, we shouldn’t feel the need to dress for men.

xxx

Jenny

An account of feminism in fashion


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