Pop-Culture | Posted by Zhenya T on 08/24/2010

“The Woman”: Feminism and Fashion

The Woman - Mad Men era femininity reflected by the eras fashion

"The Woman" - Mad Men era femininity reflected by the era's fashion

As the season changes, so do fashion trends; Elle, Vogue and many other magazines have shifted focus from bikinis to boots. This brought a thought to my mind about something that is supposedly back in style: “The Woman.”

“The Woman” is a trend that was conjured up on the runways of Louis Vuitton and Prada in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Obviously, other designers made clothing for women; however it was those two that were somehow considered to have captured the stereotypical essence of femininity. Both collections displayed subdued hues, midi-length, some sort of hourglass shape and frills. Prada seems to send the message that some ruffles on my boobs will do the trick of enhancing not only …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Markita S on 06/23/2010

Being a Comfortable “Other”

actual Ralph Lauren ad

actual Ralph Lauren ad

You live in a world where, from a young age, girls are taught that their appearance is valued above anything else. Girls must live up to this standard or the ridicule that follows will be a deserved consequence.

“Too much advertising depicts women, and to a lesser extent men, as just pretty objects. Flip through the pages of Vanity Fair or even GQ, and you can’t help but feel all there is to life is pouting your lips, sucking your cheeks in, and looking pretty. Preferably with an off-camera fan blowing your generously conditioned locks,” says Paul Venables, founder of the San Francisco advertising agency Venables Bell & Partners. He’s talking about the growing societal problem that is the objectification of women. We need more …

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