Archive: December 2013

NSFW: Art School Stole My Virginity

 I know the title is a pretty big clue, but just thought I should warn you that this post does contain sexual images.

As we ‘come of age’ there are particular milestones we’re expected to meet. None receives as much societal attention as having sex for the first time. This act of union with another person causes more stress and overthought than probably any other aspect of one’s teenage years, when we’re first made aware that it’s a big deal. How old you are, where you are and who you’re with when you first ‘do it’ is, for various reasons, important.

Fellow UAL-er, Central Saint Martins art student, Clayton Pettet, is preparing a piece of performance art that has generated an international response because of this societal interest. On 25th January 2014, presenting in front of one-hundred people in a gallery in Hackney, nineteen-year-old Pettet will lose his virginity.

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[In]Tangible: Redressing Fashion

My brilliant course mates on the MA History and Culture of Fashion course at London College of Fashion have resurrected a previously disused course blog because we felt that it would be a great opportunity to showcase our research and interests. Our editor, Gaba, and picture editor, Julie, have implemented a brilliant redesign (which I keep thinking about stealing for this blog!), and we’re hoping to publish two articles a week (Thursday and Thursday).

We re-launched at the beginning of November under the name [In]Tangible: Redressing Fashion. To coincide with Amy de la Haye’s wonderful exhibition, Coco Chanel: A New Portrait by Marion Pike, Paris 1967-71, at the college’s Fashion Space Gallery on John Princes Street, the theme of the first month was Ground Breakers. Articles varied from Teleica’s examination of Rick Owens and the ABWs, to Giuppy’s analysis of Anna Dello Russo as a fashion icon (or victim), and Olexa’s look at the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher.

My own blog post went live last week too, “The History and Culture of The F-word“, which summarised ideas I wrote about in September regarding the definition and perception of fashion.  I’m really interested in how people connect with and define the term ‘fashion’. Particularly individuals that perceive it as something frivolous or unimportant, yet appear to be fully clothed.

We’re just about to launch next months theme, so if you’re interested in fashion, style, dress history or cultural analysis please do take a look at [In]Tangible and let us know what you think.