What is this shoe classified under?

What does the shoes mean to you?

Initially looked like a rich woman’s shoe that doesn’t walk often because of its small size and gold colour. We noted it could possibly be a shoe for a bound (Chine binding) foot also due to its small size.

We also thought it had a regal appearance suggesting statue for its colour and exclusivity. Looks like it is made for show rather wear, as it doesn’t look comfortable. Doesn’t look practical for outside use – the sole is thin, looks handmade? Expensive etc.

Could be a slipper for this reason (historical indoor footwear)

Shoe

Status, Utility, Symbolic Differentiation

 

‘The design, art, craft, fashion, sex, and write constitute the story of centuries of shoes, shoe designers and producers make footwear beyond the everyday functional role, made for social values, rights and passion of expression’. – V&A Gallery Curator

 

 

9781780763835

Modest Fashion : Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith

‘This intriguing collection offers a fresh perspective on modesty and fashion linkage, a topic that has become so important lately. By examining modest dressing across faiths and contexts, and detailing diverse ways religions, markets and the internet interact, shape and are shaped by lived experience, the chapters in this book vividly show why studying fashion and religion matters. The diversity of the book, with contributors from academia, business world and the media, and its focus on the interrelationships among fashion production and consumption practices of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith groups make it a constant delight to read. Overall, a wonderful discussion of new configurations of “modest fashions” in the contemporary world.’

Why is it appropriate: This reading is appropriate because it covers the topic of fashion through religion and culture, and this exhibition held at the V&A Gallery where this shoe is displayed is centered around shoes beyond the functional and expresses the stories of shoes throughout the centuries.

“But whoever said you had to be gay to wear a dress?” – David Bowie

David Bowie’s album cover ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ was an early indication of his interest in exploiting his androgynous appearance. Bowie was seen wearing a floral dress designed by British fashion designer Michael Fish.

Bowie was so defiantly a gloriously oddball and so utterly unafraid of what society might think of him, he was defining labels expressing that it is perfectly possible for a man to wear a dress and still be straight.

Bowie is famous for constantly reinventing his style and persona, and the dress was a piece of his burgeoning exploration of androgyny and sexual ambiguity. He wore the dress to many of his press engagements while promoting the new album.

When Bowie embarked on his tour in America. The UK album cover for ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ had not been released yet. So therefore, no one in America, even journalists interviewing him was aware of the controversy. Meaning Bowie decision to wear the dress was not based on a motivation to draw attention to the album or generate controversy it was simply only because he liked wearing a dress.

Bowie even wore one while walking around Texas. He recalled that the reaction on the streets were negative. The worse situation arose when a man pulled out a gun and pointed it at Bowie’s face before calling him a “fag”. However unfazed by the situation Bowie looked at the guy and said, “I think I look beautiful” and then walked away.

 

 

References:

http://www.factfiend.com/that-time-david-bowie-wore-a-dress-just-because/

http://mashable.com/2015/11/05/david-bowie-dress/#UN7fJGDAakqB

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Sold_the_World

CTS – Left Brain, Right Brain

As a task I had to draw out a memory where I had a accident. This image above is of my foot getting run over by a quad bike. It was around 3am in Malia, Greece and I was completely wasted dancing on the strip (street) like it was no mans business. There was an quad biking coming down the strip and my stupid drunk brain decided to start dancing in front of it and… I managed to get my foot under the wheel of the quad bike. My foot was swollen for the rest of the holiday but that didn’t stop me downing a couple drinks to forgot about the pain and onto the strip I went.

CTS – Living In A Cheeseburger

Dear Friend

I have started my new life living in a cheeseburger. Life here is actually quite eventful, it seems cheesy at times. Sometimes I see my neighbor dressed in a salad cropped top, and boy is it saucy.
I’ve got myself an interview for this vegetation plant across the bun. Surprisingly no one here eats meat… considering that this place is a cheeseburger. I don’t know how I am going to survive without meat you know how much I love meat. I might have to result in eating the floor and walls since its made out of beef burger patties… is that weird?
Anyways mate I’m going to see if that neighbour is free for the weekend.
I’ll write to you again soon

From Your friend that lives in a cheeseburger

CTS – Lines

The notion of line or straight line was introduced by ancient mathematicians to represent straight objects with negligible width and depth. Lines are an idealization of such objects. Until the seventeenth century, lines were defined like this: “The line is the first species of quantity, which has only one dimension, namely length, without any width nor depth, and is nothing else than the flow or run of the point which […] will leave from its imaginary moving some vestige in length, exempt of any width. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_(geometry)

Disobedient Objects Exhibition

Disobedient Objects is an exhibition that is currently showing at the V&A (26th July 2014 – 1st February 2015). The exhibition focuses on the roles each object played during the social and political movements in the late 1970s to now. Even though the exhibition was only in a small space there were so many interesting objects on show. At first glance you can tell that most of the objects that were being presented were not professionally created. However, when you find out the history and meaning behind each object, you get an better and clear understanding of why the object was created and why it played a huge part during the time of the movements. One thing that stood out to me right away was the materials and finish of the objects. The use of common materials, wood, paper, cardboard and even big water bottles. This made me realise that it wasn’t aesthetics of the objects that made it so powerful, it was the message and what the objects represented that made the object so great.

What we did last week

Last week I remember we were talking about how to comment and tag on other people’s work. So as a task we made little booklets and wrote what we remember about the pervious lesson we had with Andrew. We passed the little booklets around and let other people leave comments on the booklets.

I don’t believe in censorship

Because of the evolution of technology nearly anything is accessible with a few taps and clicks on the internet. From my perspective as an older brother with 2 younger siblings. I wouldn’t want to think about any of my younger siblings coming across something they shouldn’t do by accident. i.e pornographic content. I would love to censor everything of that kind for the rest of their lives. However, I realised that I cannot shelter them forever, they will come across things that I wouldn’t want them to so therefore I reckon that the best thing to do is to actually talk to them about it and to teach them that there are bad things online and how if they witness just a glimpse of it they would exit the browser straight away because they know that they should not be looking at that and that it is BAD!

Of course I’m not saying that I would let them just free roam the internet as they please without any supervision. We could always pop our head in just to see what they are up to, and maybe even check their history (if you want to). But I honestly think that they should develop a sense of independence and self acknowledgement of what they think is right and what they think is wrong.

Random useful finds from the web

Common sense media – If  kids are spending more time watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, and going online than they are with their parents or teachers, whose messages about life are they absorbing? Yours or the media’s?

Our kids are creatures of media and technology.

Emotionally, kids this age are beginning to become independent from their parents, and they look to their peers for what’s socially acceptable. Media acts as a super peer

Huffington post –