‘Filling The Void’ – Fettishes and Disorders

Firstly, I must add that this topic does not relate to my CMS term project for this term at AFDA. It is merely a topic that has always interested me. This project focuses on the ‘devolving’ of a subject into his/her void.

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(Totalweightlosstips.com, 2012)

Anorexia Nervosa

‘Filling the void’ means that there is something missing in your life and instead of dealing with it head-on, you fill that hole with tons of other stuff that is either simply a distraction, detrimental for your health, such as mental or eating disorders, someone else’s health, or could be something that is a little out-of-the-ordinary, such as sexual fettishes. In the end though, these are all temporary setbacks before you have to explore what it is that you need for your life to be complete again.

The world looks to Hollywood for the latest fashion and trends, the most popular celebrities and the best plastic surgeons. The media in general puts a lot of pressure on society and dictates how we are “supposed” to look in order to be beautiful or desirable. Many women think that it is only them who have all the pressure to look, dress and act in a specific way, but men too have this expectation hanging over their heads. The latest craze is bodybuilding. Who in their right mind wants to look like a puffed-up, orange, action figure doll? Anyways, the sad thing is even though the media’s perception is warped, some people crave this idealistic ‘beauty’.

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(http://fitnesssofbodybuilders.blogspot.com, 2014)

In general, it is not healthy to be overweight, and most people worry about gaining too much weight. However, some people worry about this so much, that that they actually become obsessed with their weight. This is called anorexia nervosa, also known simply as anorexia.

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(Youcureme.com, 2014)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that causes one to obsess about their weight and the food that they eat. The idea of anorexia nervosa is excessive weight loss as quickly as possible, and even beyond the stage that is considered ‘healthy’. People with this disorder develop an actual fear of gaining weight. This consists of excessive exercise and eating a limited amount of calories, or even starving oneself (Wint and Yu, 2012).

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Interestingly enough, anorexia is not always about food. A lot of people turn to anorexia nervosa in an attempt to gain control over certain aspects in their lives that they are not dealing with correctly. Most of these issues stem from emotional problems (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2012). It is clear that a lot of people suffering from anorexia nervosa have low self-esteem issues on top of their emotional problems. Some people claim that anorexia relates clos ely to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and genetics. But no one knows the exact “cause” for anorexia nervosa. In this first image, we see the catalyst of anorexia – how much a person weighs.

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But on a side not: how can we help those with anorexia nervosa? The first step is to accept that you or the person involved needs help. Until this confession is stated, there is going to be an uphill battle with this disease. Another point is to look out for symptoms of anorexia nervosa. These include extreme weight loss, fatigue, dizziness or fainting, hair falls out, constipation, absence of menstrual cycle, refusal to eat, denial of hunger, depressed, lieing (especially about food intake) and more. Another point is to do some research! In this second image, we see the subject eating very little (calorie counting), and we see how her body is starting to change due to excessive exercise, calorie counting, skipping meals, etc.

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The extreme “red flags” to watch out for are: skipping meals, excuses for not eating, eating low-calorie foods, repeated weighing of oneself, frequent checking in the mirror for imperfections, complaining about being fat, not wanting to eat in public, etc. In this third and final image, we see the detrimental effects of the subject’s new “diet” on her body and how unhealthy she has become.

The final point is to love yourself. Who cares what anyone else thinks and who gives them the right to dictate what is beautiful and what is not?

References:

  1. Mayo Clinic Staff. (2012). Anorexia Nervosa. [Online]. Available: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anorexia/basics/definition/con-20033002 [Accessed 27 October 2014].
  2. Wint, C. Winni, Y. (2012). Anorexia Nervosa [Online]. Available: http://www.healthline.com/health/anorexia-nervosa#Overview1 [Accessed 27 October 2014].

Images:

  1. Mark, N. (2012). Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms, Causes and Treatments. [Online]. Available: http://totalweightlosstips.com/what-is-anorexia-nervosa/ [Accessed 27 October 2014].
  2. (2014). American Bodybuilders. [Online]. Available: http://fitnesssofbodybuilders.blogspot.com/2013/01/america-bodybuilders.html [Accessed 27 October 2014].
  3. (2014). Anorexia Nervosa. [Online]. Available: http://youcure.me/en/guide/anorexia-nervosa-221 [Accessed 27 October 2014].

Latest Update :) Term 4

Hey guys :)

So the book is finished! And it turned out beautifully (unfortunately I was silly and didn’t take a picture of it before I had to hand it in – BUT I will definitely show you guys how it looks when I get it back!)

So I write my Economics exam tomorrow… Yeah I know OMG! :/ Haha and I have a new project for you all which is ALSO due tomorrow! So guess who’s going to be pulling an all nighter tonight! ;) That’s right – ME! Wooohoooo!

So anyways, this new project is quite cool – It’s called ‘Filling The Void’ and it is based on fettishes and/or disorders. Needless to say the research has been highly entertaining and frightening!

So our assignment is to take 3 photographs of a character either devolving into the disorder/fettish or evolving whereby they are treating this disorder and overcoming it. Exciting right!?

So stay tuned :)

Thanks again for all the feedback and following! Keep it coming :)

Love Courts :) XXX

General Update :)

Hey Everyone :)

Sorry i’ve been so quiet recently, this term was very busy and now that we are on holiday i’m busy studying for my UNISA exams! I will try post some more makeup tutorials soon and keep you updated with what’s happening in the life of a CMS/Producing/BCOM student!

I don’t know if you guys have checked out my latest posts on 100 Years of Fashion for CMS? Well, now i’m creating a book around those posts :D Quite exciting, as i’ve never made a book before. Will keep you all posted on how it goes :)

Until then, thanks for all the support and feedback! Keep it coming :)

Courts :)

XXX

2010: Me, Myself and I

“I believe in Myself.” – Unknown. 

“YOLO!” – You Only Live Once (Crazyfads.com, n.d.). I wonder who came up with that phrase? Never the less, it was the “Carpe Diem” of the twenty-first century, which encouraged taking risks. Today, anything goes, and this is what current fashion is all about.

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2010 encouraged ‘Generation me’. ‘Generation me’ includes people born between the 1970’s and 1990’s, with the idea that they are obligated to put themselves above everything else. However, this is not expressed as a negative connotation, in fact, it is quite the opposite. The concept encompasses self-motivation, to be the best version of yourself that you can be, with phrases such as “Be yourself”, “Believe in yourself”, and more (Twenge, 2006). So, naturally, we were encouraged to take pictures of ourselves.

Voila! Born is the “Selfie”, “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically… with a smartphone… and uploaded to a social media website.” (Oxforddictionaries.com, n.d.). Yes, that definition was found in the online Oxford dictionary. Selfies are used to keep the world up to date with everything that is happening in our lives, from eating, exercising, or spending time with friends, to sleeping, clubbing and even ‘morning-after’ pictures – Yikes!

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With fashion icons such as Lady Gaga and Ke$ha emerging, the trend for 2010 was eccentricity (Scaffe and Goodell, 2011). The ‘skinny’ jean returned, and the skinnier the jean was, the better. Later in the year, ‘skinny’ jeans developed into ‘jeggings’, a “combination of spandex and denim” (Scaffe and Goodell, 2011), obviously getting skinnier and skinnier. By the end of the year, leggings had replaced both ‘skinny’ jeans and ‘jeggings’. Denim was embraced for jeans, shirts and even dresses by the end of 2010 (Scaffe and Goodell, 2011). For Winter of 2010, fur was back in fashion. It first appeared as an accessory to jackets and dresses, but towards the end of the year, fur was in full-swing (Scaffe and Goodell, 2011).

Although the inner ‘hipster’ has always been lurking in the shadows, 2014 embraced them with full force. ‘Hipsters’ are probably the biggest fashion icons of the twenty-first century, combining elements from the ‘hippy’, ‘punk’, ‘emo’ and ‘grunge’ movements. ‘Skinny’ jeans or high-waisted pants, plastic-framed glasses, ironic t-shirts, combat boots encompassed the typical ‘hipster look’ (Jellybones, 2014). The main idea was to look ‘vintage’. This included shopping at vintage and secondhand stores, and occasionally borrowing grandad’s clothes.

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‘Hipster’ accessories include large flower headbands, neon or black nail polish, bird necklaces, patterned and colourful leggings (Jellybones, 2014). Plugs and multiple piercings were a “must-have”, and obviously a courier bag (definitely not a backpack) was needed for the essentials: your MacBook, iPhone and favourite vinyl LPs, because CD’s are far too ‘mainstream’ for a ‘hipster’ (Jellybones, 2014). Don’t forget to upload that ‘selfie’ to Instagram.

The ironic outcome of the ‘hipster’ movement is that with the intention of wanting to be an “individual”, “alternative” and not “mainstream”, people latched onto this idea, causing the exact opposite affect, and thus creating the latest trend of the twenty-first century.

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(All photos taken by Chelsey Sparks Second Year AFDA cinematography student)

- 500 Words.

References:

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2000’s: Men, Women and Tattoos

 

“It’s only forever… Not long at all.” – Unknown. 

“The future” (Brillson). That is what was predicted for the 2000’s. But what actually happened was quite the opposite. The decade of 2000 brought on a lot of exciting events: it was the millennium that many were seeing for the first time; three Olympic games took place in Sydney, Athens and Beijing; Facebook, Twitter and Myspace were launched, creating social media frenzy; the iPhone debuted; world chaos occurred, and so much more. There was so much mayhem happening in the world at the time, it seemed as if the fashion world did not know what to make of it all. “If the ‘80s was the decade that style forgot, the noughties has been marked by a more permanent state of forgetfulness.” (Unreich, 2009).

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There was never a look that ‘defined’ the 2000’s. Instead, there was a range of items that were “must-haves” (Unreich, 2009) for each outfit. At the start of the millennium, everything was electronic. Metallic colours were the craze, along with sleek blacks and an obscene amount of buckles and straps (Brillson, 2013). It became fashionable to wear white iPod earbuds as an accessory, rather than for actual listening (Brillson, 2013). 

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But with the tragedy of the Twin Towers, fashion slowed down, returning to what was familiar. Jeans came heavily back into fashion, with the “super low-rise” and the “flair leg” (Brillson, 2013). Along with the return of the jean, came the “It” (Brillson, 2013) items. People loved to wear brands, signage and logos. Some of these included the “Juicy Couture” velour tracksuit, “Balenciaga” cargo pants and “Von Dutch trucker” hats (Brillson, 2013).

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Later in the decade, fashion changed once more, as it always does, bringing back elements of punk. Even though punk was most popular in the 70’s, it resurfaced in the 2000’s with the company of the ‘emo’. The ‘emo’ fashion draws on inspiration from gothic and punk cultures (Soemo.co.uk, 2013). The ‘emo’ mindset was similar to punk, as it wanted to repel conformity. The ‘emo’ appearance was heavily influenced by the goth culture, although it was a “sugar-coated” (Soemo.co.uk, 2013) version, such as using too much eyeliner, but softening the ‘look’ with thick-rimmed glasses. It was a craze that allowed the teenagers that did not quite know their own style, to “try on personalities” (Soemo.co.uk, 2013).

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The general look of the ‘emo’ appearance was long, dark hair, straightened and layered with a thick side fringe. ‘Skinny’ jeans were the ‘must-have’ if you wanted to pull of a successful emo look, and dark, ‘black’ eyes, could not forget those if you wanted to be ‘emo’ (Soemo.co.uk, 2013).

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Finally, tattoos rounded off the decade. It was an extension to the rebellion of the ‘emo’ look. People frowned upon the idea of permanently scarring a body for life, yet the youth thrived on it. “I do it because it looks cool, full stop” (Henley, 2010). Teens thought it impressive when someone got a tattoo because it meant that they could stand the pain, and look ‘cool’ doing it.

 

- 500 Words.

 

References:

 

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  7. Henley, J. (2010). The Rise and Rise of the tattoo. [Online]. Available: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2010/jul/20/tattoos [Accessed 7 August 2014].
  8. Kwong, M. (2012). Tattoo culture making its mark on millennials. [Online]. Available: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/tattoo-culture-making-its-mark-on-millennials-1.1149528 [Accessed 7 August 2014]. 

1990’s: Teenager Friendships

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The decade of 1990 to 1999 was a life-changing decade to say the least! To start off the decade in 1990, the world was swept up by a storm with the introduction of the World Wide Web, a breakthrough in the history of technology. Life would never be the same again. To follow that showstopper, Nelson Mandela, an antiapartheid activitist, was released after 27 years of being a prisoner on Robin Island. Another whirlwind of change! Four years later, he was elected to be the first-ever, black president of South Africa. “Jubilant scenes on the streets of Pretoria followed the ceremony with blacks, whites and coloreds celebrating together” (news.bbc.co.uk, n.d.). Apartheid was over and life all over the world had changed once more.

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The late nineties saw the dawning of the millennium 2000, which no one had witnessed before. People all over the world thought that the world was going to end. Worldwide, people were buying non-perishable foods and partying like there was no tomorrow, preparing for whatever “zombie-apocalypse” awaited them when the millennium arose! And of course, who could forget every 90’s kid’s dream to be one of the awesome Power Rangers!

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“Fashion in the early 1990s was generally loose fitting and colourful. Unless you were going for the grunge look, then colour was the enemy” (Phipps, 2014). Fashion in the 90’s was based more on function rather than fashion and there were too many fads of the decade to count. That is why it is known as one of the most unfashionable decades of all time, with windbreakers, bandanas and combat boots being a huge hit! But there was more! Mood rings, skate t-shirts, one pant leg roll-up (one of your pant legs was rolled up to just under your knee – yes it was dubbed as a fashion statement). Over-sized t-shirts replaced the previously skin-tight tops and the ball-cap became extremely popular for men and women. They would wear the caps backwards or forwards, but backwards was more popular for the nineties. If you had bleached blonde hair or a “Flattop” haircut, then that was an added bonus!

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Fashion trends from the 80’s were still reflected in fashion in the beginning years of the 90’s, with short, above the knee skirts, stirrup ski pants (similar to leggings), large sweater tunics and shoulder-padded shirts. Jeans and oversized baggy hip-hop pants became very popular, replacing the skin-tight leggings from the 80’s. Loose cargo pants and sportswear became party of everyday outfits. Later in the decade, leather was back in with trousers and “rock-chick” leather jackets in pink and black (Fashion-era.com, n.d.).

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Jeans were worn with everything in the 90’s. Dungarees, or ‘overalls’ were particularly popular, especially if you wore them with one strap undone and a white t-shirt underneath. Pair them jeans with a leather jacket, “Doc Martens”, “Air Jordans” or “Alstarz” and you were set to go for the day! The nineties sound like they were the best years. Oh wait! It was! I was born in the nineties!

- 500 Words.

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(All photos taken by Chelsey Sparks Second Year AFDA cinematography student)

Reference:

  1. com. (2014). 1990s Timeline [Online]. Available: http://www.kidzworld.com/article/4255-1990s-timeline [Accessed 22 September 2014].
  2. Phipps, P. (2014). Fashion in the 1990s [Online]. Available: http://www.retrowaste.com/1990s/fashion-in-the-1990s/ [Accessed 22 September 2014].
  3. Fashion-era.com. (n.d.). 1990’s Towards the Millenium – Dressing Down [Online]. Available: http://www.fashion-era.com/the_1990s.htm#The%201990’s%20Silhouette [Accessed 22 September 2014].
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  6. Complex Magazine. (2011). The Greatest ‘90’s Fashion Trends [Online]. Available: http://www.complex.com/style/2011/09/the-90-greatest-90s-fashion-trends/ [Accessed 23 September 2014].
  7. Persad, M. (2013). 90s Fashion Trends That Made You Cool Back In The Day (Photos) [Online]. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/90s-fashion-trends_n_3040200.html [Accessed 23 September 2014].
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1980’s: Childhood Friendships

“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older!” – Tom Stoppard.

Fashion in the 1980’s was interesting to say the least. Colour was the craze, and fun was the outcome, even when it was a hit and miss in the fashion industry! “The bigger the better!” (Kidzworld, 2014).

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There was way too much variety in the 80’s. There was so much to choose from, it seemed that people would have to wear more than one outfit in a day. People could get away with wearing emerald green lycra leggings with pink leg warmers at one moment, and change into a tan polo neck the next.

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Dancewear was huge in the 80’s, with Jane Fonda as the fitness guru, and ‘Flash Dance’, being the film of the decade. This inspired gym-type outfits with leg warmers, leggings, leotards, off-the-shoulder jerseys and of course, lots of neon colours (Cozi.com, 2011). Cotton stirrup pants could be substituted for leggings. “What a Feeling!” (Cara, 1983) your dreams of becoming a dancer have come true, as long as you wore a headband! 

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Amongst the younger generations, bright coloured accessories like sunglasses, bracelets and huge earrings were part of the everyday outfit, especially if it had neon colours in it. ‘Jelly’ accessories were also fun for children to wear, such as ‘jelly’ bracelets, which were actually made of rubber or plastic (Kidzworld, 2014). No, not one, but a whole armful of bracelets was the norm! ‘Jelly’ shoes also became popular, because of their colour and affordable price. I suppose it was the “tacky, wacky 80’s” (Kidzworld, 2014). To complete the outfit, you could not forget your ‘Chucks’ (Converse high tops), which were great for fashion and for play (Kidzworld, 2014).

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Hairstyles embraced the phrase “bigger is better”. For younger girls, ‘piggy tails’ and ‘side’ pony’s were fashionable. For boys, mullets were the ‘in’ thing. The unfortunate thing was, the style looked adorable on the youngsters, but not so much on the ‘oldies’ who tried to pull it off. Cringe. Other fun hairstyles included the “Big Perm”, big bangs and ‘crimping’ (Liketotally80s.com, 2014). Thankfully adults started to adopt the ‘older’ hairstyles as they started to realise that they were not as adorable as the kiddies. 

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Madonna was a huge fashion icon in the 1980’s. Towards the end of the decade, punk influences started to show in fashion. Fingerless gloves started to appear with the general 80’s fads: oversized shoulder pads, ‘power suits’ and mini skirts, “the shorter the better” (Liketotally80s.com, 2014). “Nothing screamed money and power in the 80s like having massive shoulders” (Cozi.com, 2011). Big shoulders were so ‘in’ for the era, that it was the norm to get shoulder implants! Another trend was the ‘Parachute’ pants, and yes, they are exactly as they sound. Starting off extremely tight in the waist, and expanding around the legs (Liketotally80s.com, 2014). I think this was an awakening moment for the fashion gurus of the 80’s. Secretly, I think it would have been fun to live in the 80’s with all the colour and craziness, but ssssh! Do not tell anyone.

- 500 Words

Reference:

  1. (2011). Greatest Fashion Trends of the 80s and 90s. [Online]. Available: http://www.cozi.com/live-simply/greatest-fashion-fads-80s-90s [Accessed 8 August 2014].
  2. (2010). Flashdance What A Feeling – Irene Cara Official Video. [Online]. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILWSp0m9G2U [Accessed 8 August 2014].
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1970’s: Friendship (Guys)

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The 1970’s had a lot of pressure on their shoulders, having to follow the vibrant, crazy sixties. It might not have been the most outrageous decade, but there were certainly some big events. Firstly, the worldwide singing sensation, The Beatles, broke up, devastating the world. Although by the end of 1970, each individual Beatle had released a solo album. Another great loss to the music industry in the seventies was the passing of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Elvis Presley, all deaths were caused by drugs.

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In 1972, the Olympic Games held in Munich was attacked by eight Palestinian terrorists. The situation was disbanded with a gunfight whereby Five of the eight terrorists were killed, along with the nine hostages and two Israeli Olympic partipants. The ‘Watergate’ scandal occurred in that same year, whereby several burglars were arrested in the office of the Democratic National Committee for attempting to steal secret documents. The robbers were connected to President Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign. Other events of the time included the civil war in Lebanon, Cambodian genocide and the first Star Wars film was released.

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Fashion in the early seventies was similar to that of the late sixties but more flamboyant (Phipps, 2013). Bright colours were everywhere! The favourite trend for men and women was skintight pants and platform shoes! Yes, men wore that as well. “By 1972, it was normal to see a man in low-rise bell bottoms and platform shoes” (Phipps, 2013), and it was the first time women were freely allowed to wear pants in everyday life. The track suit, leisure suit and pant suit, paired with v-neck ‘velour’ shirts or a polo neck, was the common everyday outfit for men. The ‘leisure’ suit, which was pants with a matching “shirt-like” jacket and was a great alternative for the usual, stuffy formal wear. It was made from double knit polyester (the favourite material of the seventies) and was usually in a fun, light, pastel colour (Hinders, 2014).

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‘Bellbottoms’, a trend from the sixties, were still popular for men and women to wear, although the pants remained very tight fitting. However, towards the end of the decade, pants started to decrease in width (Phipps, 2013). A common trend found with couples was that they enjoyed dressing in similar, if not the same, dress code, colour, style, and everything else (Phipps, 2013).

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By the end of the decade, colour had completely disappeared, with earth tones, grays, whites and blacks becoming the preferred shades. Men chose not to wear hats anymore and their hair had increased in length dramatically, and not only on their heads. Sideburns were also a ‘must-have’ amongst men. Instead of hats, to tame that large main, tennis headbands became a fashion necessity, and with the newest ‘sexy’ trend of wide-collared shirts, chest hair became very popular amongst men in the seventies. However, if you could not grow chest hair, you did not need to worry. A large, gold medallion was an appropriate substitution for lack of chest hair.

- 500 Words.

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(All photographs taken by Chelsey Sparks, Second Year AFDA cinematography student)

Reference:

  1. Mckay, H. (2013). Paul McCartney: Yoko Ono didn’t break up the Beatles [Online]. Available: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/05/17/paul-mccartney-yoko-ono-didnt-break-up-beatles/ [Accessed 23 September 2014].
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1960’s: Friendship (Girls)

“I met you as a stranger, took you as a friend. I hope we meet in Heaven, where friendship never ends.” – Unknown.
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Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll! That was what the 60’s were all about. The 60’s was all about experimenting, be it with drugs or fashion sense, so naturally there was a lot going on in this decade. Bellbottoms, the “Bouffant” hairdo, “Go-Go” boots, “Granny” glasses, hair ironing, mini skirts and platform shoes ruled the decade (Crazyfads.com, n.d.), with style icons such as Twiggy, Audrey Hepburn and The Beatles. But one particular fashion trend took the youth by storm: ‘Hippies’.

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The ‘hippy’ revolution was started by youth of the rich middle class in the United States (Admin, 2011). The movement was a rebellion against the variety of styles in fashion at the time, with the core essence of the movement being “peace, love and personal freedom” (Menon, 2012). The “hippy” community wanted to create a world where there was no war or violence, just ‘peace and love’ (Menon, 2012). The culture was also established due to the decreasing faith that the people had in their government (Admin, 2011). This was largely to do with the Vietnam War that was happening at the time.

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 But instead of tearing families apart, as in previous years where war was underway, families came together. People found that they had a purpose again and felt a sense of unity. It was an interesting ‘community’ to be apart of, with the encouragement of recreational drug usage, with cannabis and LSD, listening to psychedelic rock and every man and women having the ability to ‘embrace’ the freedom of their sexuality (Admin, 2011), if you know what I mean.

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 Once again, the fashion world was turned upside down, with this newfound rebellious freedom being reflected through the ‘hippy’ dress, attitude and lifestyle (Menon, 2012). Men grew hair, on their head and face, until it was as long as the women’s hair, if not longer. It was never trimmed in order to symbolize equality amongst men and women (Menon, 2012). Women expressed themselves in an even more outrageous manner, with bras were removed from the scene and refusing to wear makeup (Menon, 2012). Needless to say fashion was ‘stripping down’ to the bare minimum.

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 On the one hand, the idea with the fashion was to look ‘at one’ with nature, yet on the other hand, be disheveled (Menon, 2012). Clothing became bright again, with tie-die garments and printed skirts or pants being a huge hit. There was a large emphasis on accessories, from jewelry, headscarves and headbands, to necklaces and bells (Menon, 2012). A fun trend was to wear a necklace with a peace sign attached. A lot of clothing and accessories were handmade. ‘Hippies’ were also known as “flower children” (Menon, 2012) because they used real flowers for everything, including accessories for their hair and clothing, which was unheard of in previous decades (Menon, 2012).

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(All photos taken by Chelsey Sparks, Second Year AFDA Cinematography student)

 To reinforce their purpose of disregarding materialistic items, ‘hippies’ often wore leather sandals, as opposed to platform shoes (Menon, 2012). Often ‘hippies’ opted for no shoes, and went barefoot instead. Another ‘out-of-this-world’ statement!

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 References:

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1950’s: A Man and Himself

“Without Love, man is just a body, an empty temple without the deity. With love, the deity arrives, the temple is no more empty.” – Osho

The “boom” era. “The booming economy, the booming suburbs and most of all, the so-called ‘baby boom’” (History.com, 2010) were a few factors that went out with a ‘bang’ during the 1950’s. The Great Depression was over, The Allies (the ‘good guys’) won World War II, and all anyone wanted to do was have babies! After years of inequality, The Civil Rights Movement became more apparent in everyday life with citizens starting to take a more proactive stand, and The Cold war began. And then, two of the world’s greatest heartbreakers arose: Rock ‘n Roll and Elvis Presley (History.com, 2010).

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As much as “Grease is the word” of the 50’s, the style only came about much later on in the era. There were a few main fashion styles for men, three of these being the “Teddy Boys”, “Beatnik” style and “Ivy League” fashion. “Teddy Boys” drew on various fashion elements from the Edwardian period, including longer jackets, brocade vests, narrow trousers and suede shoes (Stratford, 2014). “Beatnik” fashion rebelled against the everyday corporate-style appearance, consisting of prominently black clothing, with slim trousers, thick sweaters and un-tucked shirts (Stratford, 2014). The main aspect of fashion was to retreat from the previous artificial appearance of copious amounts of padding, and rather focus on the ‘natural’ line.

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The “Ivy League”, preppy look was very popular for adults and teens alike, consisting of suits, or at least a suit jackets and trousers, often with a slim tie. If one opted for a more casual look, it was still neat, with a slim-fit cardigan. Tshirts were only worn as underwear (Stratford, 2013). Fashion wanted to show-off slim features and clean-cut lines once more, as in the Edwardian era.

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Overall, the fashion scene was ‘neatening up’ their outfits. Even fashion in the sports scene was neat, with sports suits replacing loose flannel trousers and ‘tweed’ sports coats becoming popular (Phipps, 2013). Baseball had a huge influence on fashion at the time. This made the ‘rebels’ dress so much more contrasting, with their clothing consisting of prominently darker colours, non-ironed clothes and had an overall ‘rough’ appearance (Phipps, 2013).

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The ‘rebels’ were mainly found in high schools, with the common ‘teenage fashion’ of the time being very similar to that of the adults. Teens were expected to “dress like their older counterparts” (Phipps, 2013), and not everyone was too happy about that. Jeans became popular for the first time, after Marilyn Monroe, a famous movie star and fashion icon of the era, wore them. This typical “bad boy” look consisted of a white tshirt, a leather jacket and jeans, which definitely stuck out, considering the everyday “Ivy League”, preppy look that was so popular.

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(All Photos Taken By Chelsey Sparks, Second Year AFDA Cinematography Student)

A fun fact about the 1950’s is that men started to wear pink shirts and ties! This was unheard of in past decades, although I think it did add a bit of spice to the fashion industry! You know how the saying goes: only “real men” can wear pink and drink pink drinks!

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