13 November 1983

Thoughts on ISP Topic: "Fashion and Celebrity Culture: Celebrity Culture and its Applications in the world of Fashion Media Activism"

Celebrity attire makes fashion appealing. In the 1880s, celebrities like Sarah Bernhardt made gender bending and the idea of the liberated woman appealing. By now, the liberated woman has become a trope. How can we use the model of celebrity culture, which effectively engages our imagination, and interrogates our underlying associations with social, environmental, and class identity, to make ethical fashion appealing? How can we move beyond the celebrity vehicle? What do the pitfalls of the celebrity vehicle show us? What are the ethical fashion proponents saying and doing? And how can we be more innovating and inspiring instead of shaming?
Pamela Church Gibson in her text Fashion and Celebrity Culture illuminates the ways in which celebrity culture has continued to deeply impact our contemporary understandings of material and visual culture. Gibson in particular highlights the ways in which celebrity support of brands and fashion aesthetics influences in particular the ways in which women relate to their bodies and social corporeal worlds in ways that are not often enough acknowledged in fashion studies. This text was particularly helpful because in creating an image and fashion based thesis, I must consider the ways in which “fashion” as a medium and genre is often filtered through celebrity image creation.

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