Fashion Month: Social Change

Thursday, February 14, 2013

As Fashion Week wraps up, Hazel Clarka professor in the MA Fashion Studies Program and research chair of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design and the co-author of The Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity, and Globalization  (Routledge, 2008) continues the February series on fashion with a look at social changes play out in what we wear, from "haul videos" to new fashion icons.

Who's your fashion icon?  Do you deliberately model your style on someone else's? Michelle Obama? Snookie? Someone you saw on the subway last week?


Hazel Clark

Comments [17]

Brad from Carroll Gardens

You should have someone on from the Chinese Staff & Workers Association or the Workers' Justice Project to talk about garment sweatshops in the city.

Feb. 17 2013 02:54 PM
linda from NYC

Someone called in about Audrey Hepburn. In the movie Two for the Road her wardrobe
was very eclectic in terms of style and having to do with subject of movie. Otherwise
she generally wore Givenchy. I agree with caller---Audrey Hepburn was a special
human being and looked adorable or gorgeous in whatever she wore. I do not think
there ever was anyone like here or will ever be!

Feb. 14 2013 12:58 PM
The Truth from Becky

IMAN, Tyra Banks, Diahann Carroll, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Williams

Feb. 14 2013 11:14 AM
Mike from Tribeca

Lyle Lovett is always snazzy.

Feb. 14 2013 11:03 AM
Debbie from Brooklyn

I have to admit this segment made me think about how I need a fashion icon. I am a professional woman in my mid-thirties and a new mother. Any suggestions?

Feb. 14 2013 10:59 AM

Mao Zedong

Feb. 14 2013 10:59 AM
Caroline from Upper East Side

My favorite bloggers Gal Meets Glam and With Love from Kat. Their style is classic, yet current, and often affordable for broke 20-somethings like myself.

Feb. 14 2013 10:58 AM
Danielle from Brooklyn

My best friend has been my style icon for most of our lives. She's the most confident person I know and thinks about style all the time. She manages to cobble together a unique style from thrift store finds and more expensive pieces. She knows how to find what's good in many different types of clothes and styles and make them work for her. I wish I could be more likes her!

Feb. 14 2013 10:58 AM

There are a few plus size fashion blogs that I adore. I love seeing how women of different shapes look amazing.

Feb. 14 2013 10:57 AM
tom from astoria

Albert Einstein: dressed like he had other things on his mind

Feb. 14 2013 10:57 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Brian: Princess Diana "another historical example"? Elizabeth I would be historical. Di was a contemporary.

Feb. 14 2013 10:56 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Kanye West - yes, Kanye West.

Feb. 14 2013 10:56 AM
Mary Chiarella from FAir Haven NJ

Helen Mirren. I am in my early fifties and would love to have pink hair!

Feb. 14 2013 10:55 AM
Marie Christine from New York City

my creative fashion icon Lady Gaga

Feb. 14 2013 10:55 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Can you please ask Ms. Clark why it is that she thinks young (and some older) women these days are embracing the "stripper" aesthetic?

For the life of me, I haven't been able to figure out why this ultra-high heel, super short skirt, jeggings thing has taken over - in both high and mass market fashion. As an older woman, all I can see is a sad regression toward selling women as sexual objects - yet the industry tries to sell it as embracing sexuality.

Feb. 14 2013 10:54 AM
antonio from baySide

I know this isn't a real person...
Spencer Tracy's character in "guess who's coming to dinner..."
The characters style was so simple, subtle. mother of pearl buttons,

Feb. 14 2013 10:54 AM
Tom from Easton PA

Cary Grant

Feb. 14 2013 10:53 AM

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