Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I'm giving a talk on fashion...

On April 28th, I'll be giving a talk to a group of girls, ages 12-17... and I must admit, I have an AGENDA. I'm very excited about it.

Let's face it, I'm getting older (more mature?) and I am seeing the way adolescent and teen girls dress nowadays, and I just want to do my best to let them know that clothing is personal expression, communication, and that it is POWERFUL. It can set or remove boundaries, help identify you as part of a group, or NOT part of one. It can show your own artistic flair, flatter your figure, protect you, restrict you, or make you feel cozy, comfortable, or athletic. I want them to know that expensive doesn't mean "better" (although it can), but your pocketbook doesn't limit how creative you can be. I want to show them that dressmaking and alterations are great skills to learn for their personal wardrobes, and that celebrities can be inspiration, as long as you understand that clothing also needs to be practical for your own life.

I wish I could also hold a bonfire for some of the more popular items I wish would just go away... but maybe that's taking things a bit too far.

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  1. Anonymous10:24 PM

    Amen sister! I'm up to my eyeballs in prom girls (my last prom season before the switch over to working only on the corsets!) & they all want more, more, more showing.

    My (very southern belle) mom told me when I was a teenager "only show one thing. So if you've got a dipping neckline, cover back & legs. It your going miniskirt, cover boobs & back. It's always been good advice.

  2. Best of luck for your talk on the 28th April. I really hope the girls take something away from it, even if they don't realise it right away. You may just be doing them a favor!

  3. Ah yes, I definitely agree with the bonfire idea. There are some things I wish would go away, but that is a hard concept to present in a nice way!

  4. Anonymous2:38 PM

    That's exciting and THANK YOU. I share the same sentiments.