The Trend of Mask Wearing

I found the reading “When thay are veyl’d on pupose to be scene: The Metamorphsis of the Mask in Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century London” by Chrisoph Heyl to be quite interesting.  I could understand why such an element of disquise would come into fashion with a loss of privacy.  The fact that the study of facial expressions were used in the court of law in order to convinct must have been a very scary thing, especially for women whom had limited rights.  It is true that when wearing a mask it does cause more attention but I can relate with the comfort of hiding behind a veil.  Although it may have not been funny at the time, I found it quite funny that there were masks for women whom were labeled has horrors and what not. The reason for this is because still today most men who commit adultry or loose control of their sexual desires for the opposite sex find a way to blame the women drawing attention from their actions and using the women as the scape goat.

Recently in my neighborhood I saw a man walking down the street with a punk fashioned gas mask.  I’m not sure what type of statement he was trying to give but it was actually a little frightning.  I would have to guess that with such a statement peace it is a way of inviting only certian people into his realm and avoiding others.  It was for a seperation device between himself and his surrounding areas.  Although it was frightning it also was a very artistic beautiful peice in a durranged sort of way.

When considering my own mask I wanted to put my own style into it and something that was different from what a typical mask would be considered as.  This mask would be a scarf wrapped around the head and sunglasses.  My asthetic for my mask has eastern influences that could be found in current trends for men and women through out the underground dub and house music movement.  My friends and I bring are so called masks with us because certian events that represent this movement end at odd hours in the morning when the sunrises and are make up has been sweated off and hair a complete mess from all of the dancing and celebrating. The interesting thing is that the majority of people associate this look to middle eastern cultures and see it as a way of surpression.  I find it as way of freedom. Most “normal” people think it is silly and make fun of the look by making racial and diragatory remarks related to the Indian culture.  I find it to be a beautiful accessory and would wear it more often if it didn’t cause a much attention.

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Feild work

Here are a few picture of some people that were at a park event.  I did not seem to find any people that were using their fashion sense that seemed to protray conspicous consumption.  They all seemed to be wearing something that reflected a since of expression of what they choose to express.  I actually noticed that the women seemed to be more heterogenous than the men.  Two of the girls seemed to be wearing fashion that would usually be associated with mens fashion according to the gender stereotyping of American fashion. Both of the ladies were wearing baseball caps and shorts with a casual shirt (tank and t-shirt). 

I noticed that the fidero is popular amongst the men.  I have 2 pics of men wearing the fidero and there were several more.  There was really only one female that stuck out to me as what I understand to be fashionable at this time based on the present trend.  This was the lady in the long maxi dress with the feather earrings.  She looked very elegant and attractive and did not display androcentric way of thinking.  She seemed to have a good self-esteem but I’m assuming she must be a little vain considering the thought that went into how she looked.  Although the couple that I spotted was dressed different than the norms they definatley were idiosyncratic.  Overall most people seemed to not follow the typical rules of fashion.

 

An American Mix of Style

Justin caught my attention while I was sitting on the infamous Impala bench on 4th and Cherry.  His “new-school” aviator shades, flat bill striped dodgers hat, “The Boom Girl” shirt, baggie distressed jeans, and Gucci backpack was an abstract picture of style.  Combining a number of different fashion influences Justin was able to pull off a look that represented his diverse and unique self.  I needed to know what his influences were!

Favorite Musician: Money Waters, Favorite Place to hang out: Lil D’s in LA (Jazz Club), Favorite type of Art: James Dean Black and White photos, Favorite Place to shop: Imonai

Just as I suspected, Justin’s style consisted of a mix of influences, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Vintage.

Rebellious Youth

Kris, Mariana, and Spencer caught my attention with their unique style.  It was as though they were out to break every rule of what media considers fashion.  Although this may be true, I was still attracted to their aesthetic.  There was definitely attitude in their style and I needed to find out where their influences came from.

Kris (Left): Favorite Musician: Marilyn Manson, Favorite Designer: CoCo Decoeur, Favorite Place to hang out: This Gallery in Highland Park

Mariana (Middle): Favorite Musician: Cocorosie, Favorite Designer: Mark Jacobs, Favorite Place to hang out: Lake Park

Spencer (Right): Favorite Musician: Tom Waits, Favorite Place to Shop: Lost and Found, Favorite Place to hang out: The Slab in Huntington Beach

I loved what I found on CoCo Decoeur, thanks guys!