What's behind the feathered mask?

(left to right) Oscar de la Renta, Chicwish, Givenchy

This past week, my English class read The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe, a story of abhorrence and retaliation.  The tale follows Montresor in his pursuit of revenge against Fortunado who he believes insulted him. Montresor takes his victim to the underground catacombs, intoxicates him, and eventually buries him alive. Ironically, this is all taking place  in Venice, Italy during Carnival, a time of celebration before Lent.  The people of Venice at this time use the celebration to dress in their most extravagant attire.  Most of the outfits they wear exemplify royalty and exhibit dresses with three dimensional textures and masquerade masks with blank expressions.  Also, notable are the materials the participants wear that  possess a shiny, velvety quality.  These textures and materials could absolutely be brought to formal events, with modern lavish dresses and smaller, lacy masks.


Pass the Goldfish

After a long day of school following a long night filled with art history cue cards and a 2:30 bedtime, I looked forward to the car ride home.  Slouching and half asleep, I gazed out my window and passed the usual busy intersections and various students walking to a bus stop or gas station.  The other day, as I was peering out, I spotted a girl, no older than ten, walking along a curb on her tiptoes, something I would have seen myself do at a younger age of 8:30 bedtimes and Trader Joe's snacks.  Seeing this girl talking to herself as she was balancing, almost as if she were in a different world, disconnected from her surroundings, reminded me of 'childhood' experiences and past fashion.  Like most people, my style has grown tremendously since the age of ten. Nevertheless, I have kept some aspects of my childhood in my wardrobe.  Similar to the young girl I saw, my attire consisted mostly of fun patterns and colorful leggings as a pre-teen.  Although I tend to sport less color and fewer patterns in my daily wardrobe, I've kept my love for jean jackets, striped t shirts, and Trades Joe's cheese puffs.


Fashion in Film: Andy's Possessed

The fashion that viewers observe from the movies they watch has a direct effect on the emotional  and aesthetic aspects of the films.  In the past, movies have received praise for their stylistic options and grown in popularity as a result.  Without the aspect fashion scattered throughout cinematography, the films would not be able to illustrate the personalities of the characters or allow viewers to interpret the storyline without dialogue.

One of my favorite movies, "The Devil Wears Prada," uses its wardrobe to show Andy's character development, Miranda's no nonsense attitude, and Emily's intensity.  The movie shows the journey of Andy, a young woman breaking all of the precious fashion rules, navigating her way through the fashion world in order to become a journalist.  Her boss, Miranda Priestly, and her colleague mock her sense of style, and Andy eventually molds into a poised fashionista, while maintaining her intelligence and working drive.

There are too many of the characters' outfits I admire to choose my sole favorite, but several stood out.  Andy's fashion faux pas, although disliked by Miranda, Emily, and the movie viewers in general, inspire me to bend the rules of fashion in my own attire.  Her dreary plaid skirt and aero argyle sweater make Emily guffaw, but remind me of a 90s school girl walking to her AP class.  It  also makes me think of the burgundy penny loafers my older sister gifted to me on Christmas and the different manners in which I could implement it in my wardrobe.

That's all