Cloth has always been important to me, but after reading this article I see cloth in a different perspective. I never would have imagined that cloth could revolutionize the world. Yinka Shonibare, J. Morgan Puett, and Kimsooja’s pieces in the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, told a cultural and historical story that universally unionized the nation. Shonibare’s “Space Walk” showed the continuity of centuries and continents and the struggles of different cultures. Puett’s “Cottage Industry” portrayed women in the workforce from all classes and it showed the connection between women, slaves, and cloth. Puett took authentic pieces and put them together to make a cultural impact. Kimsooja’s “Planted Names” of the four woven wool carpets signified the blending of the black and white cultures as their names were interweaved to forever be remembered.
Cloth once had more value than it does now; it has been devalued because of western culture. I agree that it has, but I also think that clothes can actually distinguish classes. Someone in a couture gown would be considered of the higher class while someone wearing raggedy clothes would probably be of the lower class. Cloth is still very important today it can help us identify specific cultures and classes, but it can also bring mankind together. Each of these artists used their history and cultures to reconstruct universality amongst mankind.
What is your favorite color and why?
My favorite color is YELLOW! Yellow is my favorite color because it is bold and bright. Also it stands out and if I wear yellow it stands out a lot on my skin tone. Lastly it makes me happy because it reminds me of smiley faces! =D
What store do you like to shop in? Why?
I enjoy shopping at Forever 21 because it is very affordable and it has all of the latest trends. The only downfall of shopping at Forever 21 is that many people wear their clothes, so I like to put my own twist to their clothes.
What music do you like to listen to? What do you like about it?
I enjoy listening to most of the music on the radio such as pop, rock, and some hip hop. But my favorite band is No Doubt! I love Gwen Stefani because she is amazing! Their old and new music are both great. Their beats and lyrics are the best, just by listening to them I get happy!
What’s your favorite fashion designer? Why?
I do not have one favorite fashion designer but I do have a few that i really like. One of them would have to be Betsey Johnson, because she has a unique style and her clothes are very bold and fun.
What clothing brand do you follow or like? Why?
There isn’t a specific brand that I follow and keep up with but I do like Dior because they make beautiful clothing pieces that inspire me and have inspired me in making a dress that makes me proud.
Describe an image, what would be YOUR brand?
My image would be a girl with big hair, bangs, big bow, and a dress. I would add color to it and make the bow and dress yellow because yellow is my favorite color. Also I would make my lips red since I love putting red lipstick on and lastly I would add my nickname Hobie.