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Fashion and the Modern Woman


Our time, as many before it, is an uncertain one, and has been since the beginning of the new millennium. We are a generation that came of age in the midst of terror threats, Y2K scares, and global warming. At the beginning of the new millennium—fashion, as it often does, reflected our anxieties in its darkness. Neutrals and blacks dominated runways, and the models were often styled to look like menacing urban soldiers.

The rise of exaggerated hoods, skinny jeans, and bondage-inspired clothing all showcased the belief by fashion designers that our generation was one that needed protection from outside themselves, including how clothing even became a sort of armour. Designers like Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, and Dries Van Noten produced twisted, fantastical designs. Gone were the extravagant, label-oriented days of the 80s and 90s, while everyone was waiting to see what would happen next.

Today we live in a different, albeit still ambiguous, world. The current youth has mobilized and revolutionized our landscape. We are more connected and creative than ever before. Though we are still faced with troubles, innovation and awareness bring us hope. These ideas are also mirrored in current trends. Color and whimsy has returned to the runways after a long period of almost mournful solemnity.

Cyclicality prevails as fashion is always self-referential, but we have role models these days: strong and self-confident. We have seen a return to the classic femininity of the midcentury mixed with the tailored precision of menswear, which suggests the icons of our era: Sarah Jessica Parker, Sienna Miller, Zooey Deschanel, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Obama,  and Kate Middleton. The modern woman, like her predecessors: Coco Chanel, Katherine Hepburn, Annie Hall, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy, is independent, original, and striking.

We are an age of vintage dresses, cigarette jeans, moccasins, blazers, lace and leather. We embrace the past and look with wonder at the future. Like our contemporaries, the modern woman has come of age and found her stride.

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About Mallika Dhaliwal

Mallika Dhaliwal is a freshman at the University of Southern California who hopes to major in the scope of human knowledge since she can't seem to make her mind up about which discipline she loves the most. She knows, however, that she loves fashion, people, stories, and a variety of fine and performing arts, and wants to visit every continent before she turns 35. Mallika enjoys old movies, classic novels, dressing up, tea parties, indie music, European and art history, theater-going, and especially traveling.

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This entry was posted on September 21, 2011 by in Fashion, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , .
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