Apart from wanting to go on holidays again, I've been very busy with university which has been surprisingly awesome. I've been trying to understand the whole Twilight-nonsense, luckily Kevin has directed me to a website which explains all and made me laugh very hard. You should all read it, keep in touch with youth culture and stuff, you know. My indiepop credibility has gone down the drains recently because I developed a rather questionable affection for certain well-known English singers with a penchant for romanticising their homeland. I blame this on feeling blue for the past weeks. You feel blue for only a day and you're immediately convinced that young men with guitars are more than just self-absorbed drug addicts.
Speaking of which, and by that I mean "romanticising the past", am I the only one who thinks it's more than strange to see so many girls who are into vintage clothes talk about how "lovely" women in the 30s and 40s looked? Isn't it weird to totally disconnect the political reality from fashion? Let me explain. Maybe I'm being too much of an historian and over-sensitive, but it always makes me confused to see someone write that their outfit was inspired by "ladies from the depression-era". Even more puzzling, I recently read somewhere, I forget where, that someone was inspired by the thought of young women in WW2 waiting for their boyfriends to come home from the war. Now this really made me almost angry. That really means romanticising the past, doesn't it? Wearing an outfit that makes you feel like such a woman and feeling that this is a good thing, a romantic notion - is that just "inspiration", free from all connotation, or is it ignorant? Because if I said that, if I was inspired by my grandmother waiting for her boyfriend to come home during WW2, I'm also thinking of lack of food and bombs and destruction and certainly not of clothes. But maybe that's just because I'm from Europe and the past is indeed a whole different country for me here. I can't really get inspired by it. I'm just glad the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s etc are over.
I find it really hard to disconnect fashion from its sociopolitical background, quite apart from serious stuff like wars and economic depressions. For example, even though I think the whole 50s New Look silhouette is beautiful and flattering on other woman, I also can't help thinking of the female stereotype of that type which, frankly, makes me want to throw up.
Obviously I have simply studied history for too long and have now finally turned into one of those overly political creatures. I shall buy some spray paint tomorrow and practise my street art.