- "Closets as Windows to the Soul, with Dr. Baumgartner": As someone that analyzes everything and always looks for patterns, understanding why someone dresses a certain way is something I take a strong interest in. The psychological, sociological, and cultural aspects of fashion and dress fascinate me, and I spend a lot of my time learning about these things so that one day I can write about it from a more educated standpoint. This article is a quick interview with Jennifer Baumgartner, who writes a column for Psychology Today about the psychology of dress and has a new book, You Are What You Wear. The interview is quick, but I'm excited to read through her column and maybe even pick up her book. I assume it's more "self-help" than deep and intellectual, but it seems interesting none-the-less. The interview even gave me an idea for a little project (which, of course, I will blog about).
- "Appropriation vs. Collaboration": This article encourages discussion of a very important topic in fashion: When does inspiration turn into insensitive appropriation? Where do we draw the line? Should we avoid using the dress and clothing of other cultures in fashion? Is it racist? These questions can be difficult to answer. I'd like to comment on this topic in more detail at a later date, but for now, consider the implications of appropriation in fashion, and the possible harm. This article includes links to a few other articles on the subject as well.
- "Isabel Toledo Writes a Book": The title pretty well explains what this article is about. Isabel's book, Roots of Style, is yet another book to add to my to-read list! I guess I've got a lot of reading to do...
- "Movie Moment: The Hunger Games of Blogging?": I went to see The Hunger Games last weekend with my family, and I was constantly thinking about the fashion, and analyzing what it represented about the characters. It also made me consider reality TV, as this movie is basically a giant commentary on just that. One of the characters said, "if we don't watch, they don't have a show." We complain about how horrid reality TV shows are, but they're still on the air, because we still watch them...but that's not at all the point of this article (sorry for the tangent). While I was considering costume and reality TV during the movie, the girls at IFB were considering the relation between Hunger Games and fashion blogging. Their ideas are short, fun, and interesting! What if there was a Hunger Games: Fashion Blogging competition (without the death & despair, obviously)? Could be interesting!
That's all for this week. Let me know which articles you found interesting! I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these topics.