I mentioned a while ago that I’m writing for Women’s Views on News, and I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few by-lined features published on the website. The best thing about this is that I have really enjoyed researching and writing the pieces, simply for the sake of it, to then have the work appreciated and published on the site has been extremely rewarding.
With that in mind I thought I’d share the two latest (related) features with you.
“What? £900 for a blouse and another £900 for the matching trousers!
One of last weekend’s broadsheet magazine’s ‘fashion’ pages featured women wearing clothes that must surely be significantly out of the price range of the paper’s readership, yet even were they within my grasp, I wouldn’t buy them because of the photographs.
Why? Because the poses of the models were so unnatural that it was actually impossible to appreciate the clothes.
The line between art and function is a blurry one in the fashion world. A recent project by Spanish artist Yolanda Dominguez has looked at the ridiculous positions into which models contort themselves in the name of fashion and glamour.” Read More – Model poses – art or dysfunction?
Following on from this feature I contacted Yolanda and she was kind enough to answer some questions for me:
WVoN: One of your stated goals is to challenge the established attitudes of women. What are these attitudes and who do you feel presents the greater challenge when it comes to change?
I think it is the job of each and every person to see what they can do to contribute to change. Many women talk about “patriarchy” and what is “imposed on us” and believe it is men who have to change whilst maintaining attitudes that don’t benefit or help that change.
Gender roles are not independent and must be modified in both directions. This added to the social changes (legal, cultural, ideological) will enable a movement. Everything counts. Read the whole interview – “Art can change the world” – an interview with Yolanda Domínguez