Constellation: Over View

Constellation has been useful component towards my work as it has allowed me to look at thing in broader terms in relation to work in subject and field. With a wide range of theories and outlooks and how visuals communicate meaning. Through this it has taught me to really think about what i chose to symbolise in my work, and how i want my work to communicate to other whether its through colour or certain objects. It also made me realise that every thing has a meaning and that meaning can be changed by how you place in your work. I found many of the reading interesting this term, one of them being Gaultier.

Gaultiers design for Madonna first visually was very masculine with a pant suit to portray authority and power as it would in a place of business. Although with a lot of Gaultier designs there’s an underlying edge this time it is shown with the corsetry as this is taken from the Victorian period. I think he uses this to show the historical value of women’s repression by means of the corset its self is very restricting and in those times it was an undergarment that shouldn’t be seen he turns this on it head as the conical bra is visible through the suit, with placed tears through the suit it creates empowerment and is meant to be liberating women. By exaggerating the breast in quite aggressive way showing that they longer need to hide their bodies but instead celebrate them. I really enjoyed how clothing can mean so much and demonstrate such powerful statements.

The zoot suit reading was also very interesting as i had no idea that there was so many political issues behind it, as they were bright, vivid colours but were always drastically oversized. This was a way of rebelling as the majority were of Hispanic or African American origin, they felt they were not treated equally. So after the second world war there was a drain on many thing therefor they had to be rationed,one thing being material.  they used the oversized suits to show there dissatisfaction with society and promoting there criminal activity, as they were not abiding by the rules this created great tension in America. I found it interesting how you can still find aspects of this fashion in today’s society,especially with social media and celebrity culture, as Bruno mars fashions a modern type of zoot suit in his video to uptown funk. Which i felt was very relevant to this time as the zoot suit wearers were known to take part in jive and funk music.

But for my essay i chose to do it on punks as i found them interesting just due to the fact there has been no fashion culture that has be as extreme as punk. They just wanted to go against everything that was seen as natural or ‘normal’ this really interested me as i hadn’t really thought about using my physical appearance to portray a statement. But as i read more into it, and all of the subcultures it was clear that these subculture still get carried through with today fashion, maybe unknowingly but i really enjoy that my mind has been opened to the historical meanings of of items and objects and how they are perceived differently today.

the spirit of punk also intrigued me as they were known for being outrageous and shocking. As they saw them selves as outcasts as they didn’t want to be a part of society and did not follow any common curtsy when it came down to being a part of society. But when it came down to their peer groups there were strict rituals that you had to stick by or you weren’t considered a ‘real’ punk. Such as, certain kinds of clothing that had been altered by hand the more fragmented the better, and must of included rips and tears revealing the bear flesh. Also applying household objects such as safety pins, toilet chains and even tampon as accessories or jewelry. It all sees like a type of pea-cocking with who could put the most gruesome outfit together and who could think of the next sordid object to add to there embellish. But the punks were masters of bricolarge and there isn’t an outfit today that hasn’t some how been influenced by punk.

Overall constellation has helped me reconnect and understand society better and giving me the ability to look at things and think about what they communicates. As strong values is a big part of this constellation, and i want to takes this through to my work and communicate something that is important and relates to people. As i feel that rebellion is a part of everyday life in all soughs of situation. With all subjects i think it is important to experiment and break the rules as this is the only way to come up with something new and exciting and something no ones seen before.



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