Art 302 Fashioning Queer Self

Our identity is closely relate to the way we dress, or perceive and define our own culture and self. Many cultures varies differently, there are traditional and modern styles. For example, I was born and raised in China until the age of 8, my family and I we moved to US, so a lot of my culture, identity, and the way I dress have been influenced by the western culture. I’ve been living in the US for over 15 years now. I do consider part of myself being American, but of course I am Chinese as well. I remember growing up here I was able to wear whatever I want, short shorts, miniskirts and etc because that was the norm back when I was in middle-high school, although my mom really did not like the way I dress because she thinks is too showy for my age and my height, I still disobeyed her and wore what I wanted. As I remember going back to China in 2006, at that time I was 16 and it was during my summer break. I brought a lot of tanks, spaghetti straps, mini jean skirts, and rip jeans. When my auntie first saw me wearing rip jeans she asked why are you wearing jeans that look like you are homeless, and I had to tell her that pair of destroy jeans cost more than a not ripped jeans. It was very different for each culture to understand and accept the way people dress. When I was still in China I remember when my grandmother told me that I cannot wear mini-skirt to go out with her, I had to wear a skirt that’s below my knee. Culture, and where you live plays a big role of influenced of dressing. Living in the U.S., the way people dress are very freely basically one can wear whatever they want, and at most they would just turn heads, and get stares but other culture is different because it is not socially acceptable. Western culture have a lot of voice and freedom when it comes to garments. Just like according to the book, we are seeing more and more gay and lesbian designer that is so popular and are able to design cutting edge garments. Gay and Lesbians are seen to have a lot of unique style and taste in their designs and wardrobe. I feel like other culture are slowly influence by Western culture of promoting styles and socially accept people of who they are instead of being so judgmental.


Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana


Alexander Mcqueen

Cristóbal Balenciaga

List of Gay Designers
http://www.quora.com/Which-famous-fashion-designers-are-gay

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Alexander McQueen is a very interesting man, that designed clothing that is very different from other designs. His works portraits, romance, violence, sex and very aggressive. Thus, I want to find out what inspire him to make these designs. He was born in March 16, 1969 , his father was a cab driver, mom a teacher, and five siblings. His first line is a theme of taxi driver. I believe this is related to his dad, because he’s dad is a cab driver. After reading some of the biography of McQueen, it is obvious he is a radical person who wants to be different from anyone else. It feels like he gets inspire because of the rural events he’s seen and occur on him. Although he is homosexual, he is very much concern about the disadvantage of women. Where through he’s Highland Rape collection, many of his design were so harsh to watch. He was born in a working class thus, he have witness many of harsh things in live that’s why he was inspire to create violence and to make women look strong. In the book states, “Allying glamour with fear rather than allure McQueen’s avowed intent was to create a woman who looks so fabulous you wouldn’t dare lay a hand on her.” The reason is one of his sister had been a victim of domestic violence. So a lot of McQueen’s work is structural, fabulously glamour but very strong, where it not only brings out the feminine side but also the masculine side.

Taxi Driver Collection

Highland Rape Collection

Romance & Glamour

Interesting Piece

From my understand it seemed like McQueen had a very tough life and through his designs he got his freedom to express his opinion of inequality, sexuality, love, violence, dark, glamour and bold. All these elements put in one it just magically fit together.

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Art 302 McQueen

Alexander McQueen is a very interesting man, that designed clothing that is very different from other designs. His works portraits, romance, violence, sex and very aggressive. Thus, I want to find out what inspire him to make these designs. He was born in March 16, 1969 , his father was a cab driver, mom a teacher, and five siblings. His first line is a theme of taxi driver. I believe this is related to his dad, because he’s dad is a cab driver. After reading some of the biography of McQueen, it is obvious he is a radical person who wants to be different from anyone else. It feels like he gets inspire because of the rural events he’s seen and occur on him. Although he is homosexual, he is very much concern about the disadvantage of women. Where through he’s Highland Rape collection, many of his design were so harsh to watch. He was born in a working class thus, he have witness many of harsh things in live that’s why he was inspire to create violence and to make women look strong. In the book states, “Allying glamour with fear rather than allure McQueen’s avowed intent was to create a woman who looks so fabulous you wouldn’t dare lay a hand on her.” The reason is one of his sister had been a victim of domestic violence. So a lot of McQueen’s work is structural, fabulously glamour but very strong, where it not only brings out the feminine side but also the masculine side.

Taxi Driver Collection

Highland Rape Collection

Romance & Glamour

Interesting Piece

From my understand it seemed like McQueen had a very tough life and through his designs he got his freedom to express his opinion of inequality, sexuality, love, violence, dark, glamour and bold. All these elements put in one it just magically fit together.

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Art 204 A Line skirt

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Art 302 Single Girls 1960s

In the 1960s which was the second wave of feminism; feminine ideal: young, single, economically self-sufficient. Fashion photography was the norm to express during this period for single girl. During this period is when women started to go to college, look for job instead of being housewives and became independent support themselves rather than rely on men.

During this period not a lot of women can afford haute couture or expensive wardrobe thus the fashion magazine would create “the look” to advertise whereas the girl being photographed looks perfect with a well put together wardrobe, hair done, accessories and is a active women.


In the conclusion of this chapter talked about the difference between the feminine body and consumerism states. It refers that feminine body is when one wears and owns the wardrobe and see it as a new form of domination. As for consumerism, is just purchasing a garment, for example if a lady buys a plain sweat pant, is comfortable, and keeps her warm. Then her reason of purchase is to be comfortable not to look fashionable or attractive.

After reading all these chapters, it makes me question. Why do people care so much about their wardrobe and how they look? In the previous chapter it talked about how clothing was first meant for protection, keep us warm. But as the world began to develop and advance we have all these privilege to accessories ourselves to become someone that we identify with. There are people that would say they express their identity through the way they dress, so without clothing how would one express themselves? I never knew garments have so much history and meaning behind it, it just never occur to me to ever thought about it.

The apparel industry makes the most money I would say in this world other than food, because everyone has to wear clothing, but I feel like in our society clothing, wardrobe lost its cultural meaning because of our mass production of garments, and most of us wears so casual than comparing to the 18th century.

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Art 302 Manliness

Who say men are not into fashion, according to this book is proven that even men in the 18th century care a lot about their image. It says men would change 3 times during the day. From comfy, to causal, clothing to do chores in and clothes to look clean and go out. In the late 18 century men’s clothing began to change. Shifting from costume style clothing to more simple and casual wear to suits, and tuxedos. During this time they figure out a way to produce men clothing through of a common sizing instead of custom fitting clothing that is done by tailors. The problem they encounter is that even though they came out with a good device to produce it as a larger scale not everything was fitting right because everyone’s body structure is built differently. So if someone purchase something and it didn’t fit the way they wanted they would take it to a tailor and fix a little bit here and there. Although the invention of producing sizes for amounts of people is not easy but they came out with a mathematical cutting strategy for men’s body and obviously men are different in height, and weight. Thus that was one of the problem they ran into because during that time people still wear clothes that are more form fitting than now a days. Men now a days wear t-shirt, baggy jeans. I would say I have no idea when it comes to men’s clothing, I never bought a collar shirt or jeans for any guy before. But one thing I am sure is that although we were a lot of casual garments than before the goods sold at retail stores of the standard size; small, medium, large comes way more closer to our real size and form fitting than in the 18th century.


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Pegged Skirt

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