Two manikins on display at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum represent the White Home Picket Line vigil saved daily by members of the Nationwide Woman’s Social gathering (organizers of the March 1913 parade) beginning in February 1917. Beyond Measure: Vogue and the Plus-Dimension Girl is organized by curatorial director Tracy Jenkins, a faculty member in NYU’s M.A. Costume Research Program and by the co-curators: Dévika Kanadé, Julie Smolinski, Lauren Wilson, Meg Pierson, Mem Barnett, Shelly Tarter, and Ya’ara Keydar, Masters of Arts Candidates in New York College’s Visual Culture: Costume Research Program.
Opposite to popular misconception, the short skirts and bold make up of the flapper did not rule the fashion of the day however have been an iconic and memorable look. But it was 100 percent a fantasy that a woman — forget being president — that a lady might appear to be that and costume like that and be a public servant. Regardless of this, major style brands still refuse to simply accept the bodies of their prospects.
Alden ‘Brien is the Curator of Costume and Textiles on the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, DC, and curated the Fashioning the New Girl exhibition on view there through August 31, 2013. One thing straight-sized fashion folks might not know is that the majority contemporary manufacturers finish their sizing at a 10 and sometimes even an 8. This utterly eliminates any woman my measurement or bigger from the conversation. Fortunately, there’s a new crop of designers who acknowledge not only the style needs of the common girl, however the emotional needs, as well.
This is the cycle that designers ship us into – coveting all the pieces about a woman strolling down the runway, tormenting ourselves to try to be like her and then shaming ourselves for failing miserably. Trend magazines, with their elaborate narrative promoting campaigns and fanciful editorial spreads, have a leading position in how women are perceived in common tradition.