Monday, 14 November 2011

Power dressing of today? What is it?

Above is a link to the BBC news website, questioning what empowers the women of the 21st centuary.
Throughout my research, I have realised that what Power Dressing once was has mutated into ' "liberating" sexual appeal.' Whether it is wearing office dress with sexy edge or sending in a picture of your breasts into 'Nuts' magazine!
Lady Gaga has a strong sexual wardrobe and in a way, from this, she has a liberated herself as she now is veiwed as a major icon of fashion and also seen as a strong vibrant character and woman. Somehow, to me it doesn't seem the same when your sending in a raunchy picture to men's mags!
It seems to me that Lady Gaga is so extravagant with her sense of style (and also considering her proffession, costumes and all,) that she can pull it off with no questions asked, but it leaves to questioning, does identifying yourself as a sexual object, or getting noticed by men for only your sexual assets really empower you?

Friday, 11 November 2011

New Power Icons of Today!!

This powerful statement of fashion hasn't ended yet. It has influenced many to 'dress for sucess' especiaally women. Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, although very different in style, have something in common... they have been influenced and still yet contribute to the movement of poer dressing.

Is it the sholder pads and respectible suits that gain respect and authority, or is it the confidence and daring sexuality of "bondage chic" and "the art of tease" that empower women ???

All of my pictures and resorces are from this book, by Lizzy Goodman.

Lady Gaga; as i have read from 'Lady GaGa, Extreme style' by Lizzy Goodman, has been heavily inspired by madonna and the new romantic movement as has therefore become a powerful icon of today. Especially in terms of fashion.

very Madonna-esk!

Bondage chic gives Gaga strong authoritive female streak.

Sholder pads, here, have inspired a hunch back of fashion and glamour. Beautifully ugly!

 But what is better? Sex or sophistication?

Competition in power dressing.

The new romantics and Madonna!

The new romantic fashion was brought about by a wave of a new genre in the music industry.  It became extremely popular and from this Madonna became a big influence in both music and fashion.


Yuppies is a term for a style of power dressing than ran like wild fire through the buisness world of the 80's. 
"Yuppie (short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly mobile professional") is a term that refers to a member of the upper middle class or upper class in their 20s or 30s. It first came into use in the early-1980s and largely faded from American popular culture in the late-1980s, due to the 1987 stock market crash and the early 1990s recession. However it has been used in the 2000s and 2010s, in places such as in National Review, The Weekly Standard, and Details."        Wikipedia

Other icons of 80's Power Dressing

Empowering Fashion

 There are many icons of Power Dressing from when it was brought to life in the late 70's early 80's to todays current world of fashion. The main icon that sent Power Dressing rocketing into popularity was Margaret Thatcher. Above is a link to an article that adresses how her status as Priminister made the world wonder, what does a woman wear, when in power?