International Center of Photography

Oct 17 2009


International Center for Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.) & 43rd Street – Students $8.00
Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video October 2, 2009–January 17, 2010

Fashion can be high and low. On the one hand, it can be a reflection of personal identity and self-expression. It can also be a reflection of much broader political, cultural or religious trends. How do the pieces in this exhibit relate to your understanding of fashion? Is fashion art?

I found myself exiting a taxi

I found myself exiting a taxi on a cold Friday night to meet Cid at the International Center for Photography. The building was very intimate and had a more personal atmosphere than the last museum we visited. Once Cid arrived we checked our coats and walked to the entrance of the gallery. We began to observe the photographs on the wall. Cid and I soon realized we were not in the exhibit we were supposed to be, and aimlessly wandered downstairs. Once downstairs our journey through fashion and culture began. We sat down and watched the video in the first room. The video drew my attention to fashion and its affects on gender roles. All the men photographed and video recorded in the first room were cross dressers. Fashion was an outlet for them to express their true feelings. I loved the Polaroid collection in the first room, and even recognized someone in the display! The Polaroid collection was a series of photographs of people who had no fashion shame. These individuals were fierce and did not care what anyone thought about them. In the following room the video with the clay girls caught my attention. The clay girls changed into many different outfits, with each new outfit came a new identity. This showed the influence that fashion has on our persona and behavior. The last display that caught my attention was a series of photographs from a photo booth, “…the curtain pulled shut, so that individuals could interact with the camera as though it were a private mirror.” Humans use fashion and photography as a reflection of who they are or more so who they want to be. This exhibit was very contemporary and I am glad I saw it!

Pamela Kirsch

I really enjoyed my visit to

I really enjoyed my visit to the International Center for Photography; I liked the fact that the building was small which made me feel more comfortable and better enjoy the exhibit. All the different parts of the exhibit including the videos showed creativity, and each one of them had a message. My general impression after seeing the exhibit is that people use fashion to mostly express themselves, who they are, or who they would like to be, not everyone though.
I do think that fashion is art. Fashion can be very creative as art can be; it changes as the time goes by, as art changes phases. It depends on people’s expectations, on people’s culture, on people’s religion, or just on people’s personality. The exhibit was nice because it showed a variety of different ways people perceive fashion. For some people fashion is a priority, for others is not, others do not really know but they just follow, and others are being forced to accept it.
Another reason that I believe fashion is considered art is because anyone can see it from a different perspective. Not all clothes have the same meaning everywhere. Where somewhere in the world something is considered fashionable somewhere else around the world it might not, same as art, when American artists started adopting impressionistic style, impressionism in Europe was over and it was considered an old style.
I think the exhibit was nicely done and it was interesting to see what all these artists had to say about fashion through their photographs and videos.

I was expecting the

I was expecting the International Center of Photography to be a lot bigger. When I entered I thought I would have to search through multiple floors to find this one exhibit, but when I got there I saw that the exhibit we were assigned to visit was the main event at this museum. At first I was really confused by all the different styles of photography. I couldn’t really see the connections between them. But then once I looked into the fashion aspect of all of these photographs I realized that each of these artists were trying to convey fashion in their own way.
There was one video in particular that caught my attention. It was sort of an interview of three different foreign men. They all talked about how fashion influenced their lives. But with these men, they all seemed to convey that fashion actually ran their lives. They were all obsessed with designer clothing. They talk about how even though they have minimum wage jobs they still use all of that money in order to buy designer clothing. One boy talked about how he doesn’t even work for the money and that his father buys everything for him.
This shocked me because although as an individual I do consider fashion as a huge part of my life, I would never let it get to the point where my only joy in life is buying new clothes. I realized that a lot of the other artists tried to portray how fashion is not something that people think about a lot in other parts of the world, it is just a given part of life.
This exhibit made me realize the without knowing it, fashion does in deed run my life. From the clothes I wear to school to my dress code I have to follow at work. People do judge me by my appearance. And the way people judge can either grant you opportunities in life you deny you of opportunities.

The international Center for

The international Center for photography is a rather unassuming building. Considering that it is a museum dedicated heavily to the visual image, the actual architecture of the building is rather simple. Unlike some of the other museums that we have visited, like the Met which looks like a roman palace, or the New Museum which looks like some sort of alien spaceship, the International center for Photography looks like a nicer post office. Once inside it begins to look a little bit more like the modern museum that it is. The exhibition; Dress Codes: the third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, is the museum’s main cycling exhibition. The theme of this particular collection is fashion and how it influences our lives and the world of art. The photos included images of mostly women from various time periods wearing different types of outfits. Some of the images were clearly meant to be snapshots of certain moments in time. Some of the photographs were a little eerie and even disturbing while others were a little more fun and relaxed in nature. The pictures were very well composed, everything from the colors in the background to the makeup on the subjects added to the overall feel of the pictures. The exhibit explores themes of who we are and how the things that we wear and the environments that surround ourselves with influence the art world. The exhibit is different from the one that we went to last week in that if featured many different photographers with many different perspectives.

I was very interested to see

I was very interested to see what awaited me at the International Center of Photography. I found the specific exhibit on dress codes to be rather fascinating. It’s amazing to really think and realize the huge impact that fashion holds on culture and society. It touches upon many different themes in relation to fashion. All of the exhibits showed how people from different walks of life use fashion as a form expression. They showed the different values people hold to fashion and the importance it has in their lives. I enjoyed Cindy Sherman’s work the most. It seemed to be focused around peoples attempt at fashion to develop their own styles. In a particular piece in which Sherman models is used to show how the four girls in the photo ended up looking the same. Although each of the models is portrayed by Sherman herself their only subtle differences between each of them in a sense of makeup, clothes, and outfits. I really got into thinking about this particular photo because I know so many people that try to have an individual style but at the end of the day end up basically looking like everyone else. It deals with the industry and how its supposed to be focused on individuality and self expression yet ends up making everyone the same.

The International Center of

The International Center of Photography did not intrigue me from the outside; if I was not assigned to go in I may not have if I just walked by. I was proven wrong with the content of the exhibits. The Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video was extremely interesting to me, fashion has become a large impact in the lives of people today. As we had discussed previously it is interesting to look at what could be considered a norm in different areas. This exhibit showed many different fashion statements. I enjoyed the Polaroid collection that showed individuals in eccentric clothing, it reminded me a lot of different areas of New York such as Greenwich Village where anything goes with fashion. My favorite part of this exhibit was Lorna Simpson’s black and white photo booth images. This photo booth idea brings the private mirror to the photographs. As I was looking at this it reminded me of how my roommates and I get ready to go out and stare in the mirror at several different outfits before deciding. Our personal mirrors see many more possibilities for an outfit and styles than any other person will see. Overall this exhibit was extremely interesting, the photographs and videos shown brought fashion to life. Fashion is a large impact on my life; I find it even more interesting to observe the different fashions of different areas. Fashion controls the many peoples lives here in New York, this exhibit was very interesting to view and then go out later that night and observe many people in the going out attire and how it was similar to many ideas shown.
-Meghan Rose Murphy

Going from the Met to the

Going from the Met to the International Center of Photography is an extreme change of scenery, but definitely not for the worst. Before I took my trip to the ICP I looked it up online just to get some sort of idea about the exhibit I was going to look at. As soon as I started going through some of the art they showed on the website I got really excited to go and see these photographs in person. The first room with the cross dressers and the polaroid collection really got my attention because I have a friend at home who throws themed parties and wheres crazy drag outfits made from scratch. The reason he does this is because it’s his way of expressing his ideas of art and fashion. This exhibit screamed his name the second I saw it which made it more interesting for me because I connected it to my life. My favorite photographer from the Dress Codes exhibit was Wangechi Mutu because her artwork used multi media to go a step further beyond and say that women are seen in this sexual way in more then one culture, media, and genre. She really made you look hard at the pictures to see different elements, some were objects hidden in the form of a women while others were actual faces of women as apart of the outlined woman. From going through this exhibit I realized how different fashion and art play in cultures around the world and without even noticing it we pass art everyday when we walk down the streets of New York; and further more we ourselves become art when we dress each morning and put on our identity. This field trip was enjoyable and I feel i got a lot out of the experience.

I really enjoyed this field

I really enjoyed this field trip. I had never been to anything quite like this exhibition before. During high school we had done some work on photographic essays, which encompassed photographs from many different parts of the world, artfully and carefully arranged in the order the author chose would best reflect the overall purpose of the work. Many of these photographs, but not all, captured the fashions of other cultures just in capturing every day lifestyles from all over the world.

I have always believed that fashion is an art. It is a three dimensional art form in which cloth and other materials are draped together an assembled to create a desired effect. Not only is the actual construction of the garments an art form, but the pairing of items together in just the right way to make it all make sense for the designer.

I think at a certain point, at least where I come from, it becomes easy to criticize those who love fashion and work for real fashion (whatever they decide that is). It is an easily attackable art form because it is somewhat of a closed off world…it seems like one of those things which you had to have been introduced to and integrated slowly and painfully into to fully understand, somewhat like moving to a foreign country from what I would imagine. It is only for this reason, really, that I have been able to understand why people criticize fashion as an art form: because they either can’t do it, or don’t understand it, and are uncomfortable being on the fence.

Loved the Jeremy Kost

Loved the Jeremy Kost Polaroid collage. Michelle Trachtenberg dressed as Snow White? I thought that was pretty random. But I fell in love with the girl with the gorgeous blonde hair sitting on the couch with a cigarette. She was brilliant. The whole thing was.

The ICP was just radiant. I

The ICP was just radiant. I absolutely loved the entire Dress Codes exhibition. This collection puts into perspective how much fashion more than just qualifies as art. We live our lives in it. For starters, (even though it was the last thing on my notes) the Cindy Sherman portraits were phenomenal. I met a photographer who was a big follower of hers and he sat there and explained her creative process to me which was pretty interesting. I later read a few of the things he said on the description plate. She transforms herself using exaggerated wigs and make-up and uses saturated color and scale to grab the viewers’ attention. In the images, she is dressed head to toe in Balenciaga and vamps her different looks. These photos actually ran as a spread in French Vogue, which I thought was pretty cool, and also reinforces the point that fashion is art.
Stan Douglas’ “16 July 1955,” shot in 2008, uses wardrobe to convey a 1950s look. Each person in the shot looks so authentic to the era that it was shocking to find out that it was shot last year. It’s really amazing. Another image that was just absolutely amazing was Janaina Tschape’s Lacrimacorpus (Zeitschneide) which was one of three images of a woman wearing a beautiful yet muted antique gown and bonnet with a large balloon collar around her neck and shoulders; the look was very old world meets distant future—very cool. My favorite image of the three was the center one where the woman’s back is facing us as she gazes out from a veranda overlooking a gorgeous green landscape.
Something I also found quite interesting was Julika Rudelius’ “Tagged” documentary about Turkish young men living in the Netherlands. These men are obsessed with clothing, labels, and their appearance. They constantly talk about the obscene amounts of money they spend on their clothing. However, what Rudelius is trying to shed light on is that these young men are so obsessed with their clothes and how much they spend on them because they are looking for respect among the Swiss community. They come across as extremely self-conscious and concerned with what others would say about them. To them, their expensive clothes give them status and respect, while masking their insecurities about acceptance.
All in all, I really enjoyed my visit to the ICP on Sunday and would definitely go back.
Also, if anyone’s interested the Cooper-Hewitt museum has some awesome fashion and design exhibits and its FREE until this Sunday (Oct. 24th)

Note: The post above this post was in response to Pamela’s entry. I thought it would be a separate thread but I guess not.

I was excited to go to an

I was excited to go to an exhibit that explored the idea of fashion as art. I’ve seen a few similar exhibitions, like the one at the Met that displays different fashions throughout the years and showcases extreme designs by Vivienne Westwood and Commes de Garcons. I went into the ICP photo and video exhibit with my head held high, but the day hit a bit of a snag for me in some ways. I have to admit that I went in somewhat biased because I carry an extreme dislike of Cindy Sherman to the point where it’s almost a personal issue. Needless to say, being affronted by her lipstick stained smile over and over was not a pleasant experience for me. Her pieces always grate on my nerves in the worst way, and I always felt like there’s some kind of forced edginess to them - kind of like the disingenuousness photos that last week’s reading talked about. The pieces on display at the ICP did not do much to dissuade me. Miss Sherman could very well be a lovely and obliging person, but I’ve hated her since high school and I’m known to hold a grudge. Her portrayal of the ‘grittier’ side of fashion did not strike a chord with me, sadly. Again it felt stagnant, fake, and completely trite. I’m aware I’m very biased in this situation, though, so that’s not to say that other people might not get something out of her work; she does have a strong feminist message in her pieces that can resonate with a certain audience, however it is not to my taste.

On the other hand, I was really struck by some of the other photos, especially the “Private Pageantry” series by Jeremy Kost. I felt like those photos provided real sartorial commentary without seeming forced. The message was clear without seeming too contrived, which I liked, and the photos were genuinely interesting. I especially loved the shot of Amanda Lepore at the Heatherette party. In general, fashion in this exhibited was put forward in a much simpler way than I’m used to seeing it. As someone who spends probably way too much time perusing sites like thefashionspot, the sartorialist, jak & jil blog, and - I’m used to seeing fashion presented in a glamourous way, and I instantly associate beauty and style with fashion…so this exhibit really made me consider different aspects of clothing and style. Overall I enjoyed myself, and I swear I didn’t get too caught up in Cindy. (Although I may or may not have shot a glare in the direction of her photos on my way out.)

Even before entering the

Even before entering the International Center of Photography, you can tell that you’re in for something different. It wasn’t as big as the other museums. I assumed it would be pretty big just because it was called the International Center of Photography. The International part made it seem like it would be really big. Unlike the other museums, the ICP is a lot smaller and is not quite as eye-catching as you’re walking towards it. However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I entered. I think almost all cultures around the world are concerned with fashion. The Dress codes exhibition was very interesting because it showed how fashion can mean different things and show emotion. Even if the fashion is not about standing out, it may be cultural to represent their identities. When I was in Pakistan, almost all the people wore salwar kameezes because it was a part of their culture. A lot of my Pakistani friends in school would wear different color salwar to school on Fridays. Fashion can be about who you are, or what you belong to. Like with the salwar, most people wear them, but they get to choose what styles they want. In poorer third world countries, it may seem like many people are not concerned with fashion, but that’s not the case. They simply can’t afford to by the clothes they want to and have to do with what they have and what’s given to them or made.

"Gotta get you home into my

Gotta get you home into my bed” was my key phrase for the night. The exhibit was by far the BEST ONE so far. I went with Madamoiselle Kirsch and enjoyed wandering around the museum with her and a friend of mine. There was one portrait where people were photographed using polaroids. While looking, I’m thinking to myself “okay. wouldnt it be funny if Jonte was in this?” the type of people that were being photographed I wouldnt be surprised if he was (jonte is an AMAZING DANCER) in this. Anyway, Im looking at the photos and lo and behold Jonte with his bald head and sparkly unitard all the way to the right. I was like “OMG! PAM! LOOK LOOK!” best moment of the night. Also, I feel that this exhibit made it allowable to view pornography. Not that there really was pornography, but A LOT of the work was very very suggestive and I think that’s absolutely okay. There were also portraits of this guy and girl. I could not take it. At all. They had such FIERCE faces. The boys face was SO BEAUTIFUL. EXQUISITE. PHENOMENAL. It was superb. I am just in love with this museum. The idea of clothes really transcends themselves through the art. From a man singing in a dress, to Indians washing their clothes, to Cate Blanchett sitting in a chair and dressing and pausing constantly. Clothes changes outlook. I think I’m going to go again, but I think I’ll go on a date there or something. It seems like a pretty good way to kick off a relationship.



Fashion is a conscience

Fashion is a conscience decision people make everyday. Through clothing messages can be conveyed and it is strange that something as simple as a shirt sends a message; and at points it may seem like an over-analysis but it is entirely true. It is certainly a form of expression and thus an art form and the artists displayed ICP really captured this.
Even though I loved photographs by artists who choose to praise fashion as a wearable art form, I preferred the artists that used photography to criticize fashion. A short video was playing at the exhibit and I believe it was titled “1-2—3-4.” The video showed a series of different young Chinese teenagers assembled in lines and dressed in uniforms. All the different groups were counting and shouting in unison and for some odd reason I was creped out and a little scared by the video. I guess those images remind me of historical footage of intimidating soldiers in groups chanting. Despite how the video conjured up those memories, the footage also expressed how fashion creates a sort of mob mentality of “bandwagon” effect. This conformity is especially seen when people blindly follow trends in fashion. Cindy Sherman seemed to be trying to relay this message in her photography. While also stressing the irony of fashion: how individuals strive to create an unique image through clothing but inadvertently blend-in.
I did enjoy the exhibit but was not too thrilled to pay eight dollars, but I guess I have been spoiled being that most of the museums I have been to are suggested donations. Also, I was not expecting the exhibit to be so small.

To me, art is something that

To me, art is something that releases personal expression. Art is a way of sending a powerful message without using words. With that in mind, fashion absolutely falls under the category of art, and this exhibit validated that statement. The “Dress Codes” exhibit at the International Center of Photography explored the idea that clothing and personal style reflects ones aspirations and desires. I found it interesting that they made it clear at the beginning of the exhibit that the photographers were not “fashion photographers.” I turned the corner to enter the exhibit and soon I was standing before a series of colorful photos. The African American women in these photos were wearing abstract makeup and bright clothing with different patterns and prints. I noticed the clothing they wore matched their surroundings - the woman wearing cheetah print had other cheetah print items in the room. I thought this was a good example of how fashion reflects ones desires and personality. I also thought the three “Lacrimacorpus” photographs were interesting, in which the woman was posed with a sort of “bubble” neck piece. Perhaps Lady Gaga was inspired by this form of art?

I explored the upstairs and the downstairs of the museum - chuckling a little over “The Belt: Step 1 to 9” - and I also found Cindy Sherman’s work to express not only personal style but personal values. She photographed women with collagen injected lips and bobbed haircuts, which implied the values such women hold for themselves. However, my favorite photograph was Stan Douglas’ “Hastings Park” - the picture displayed so many expressions of personal style, all while following the current trend. From the observation of each person’s style, you grasp an idea of what that person might be like - in other words, it made me stop and think. True art is something that should make a person stop and think, so overall, it was a successful and thoroughly enjoyable trip to the ICP!

The International Center of

The International Center of Photography was one of my favorite places we have visited so far. It was small, so not too much walking. I did not have to go on a scavenger hunt looking for the exhibit. And there weren’t many people there so I didn’t have to unleash my anger and push past people. The entire gallery was interesting, it dabbled in actual fashion and cultural fashion differences. Everything was so bright and colorful in a lot of the walls, of course there was the typical black and white pictures as well. I liked the video of the young men who move to the Netherlands i believe, they talked about how clothes is important to them and how most people there look at them funny and have things to say about them. I’m not sure if this was part of the exhibit but i really liked the hybridization of the african tribal women and african american glamour models/ pornstars. It shows the differences of the two worlds and how women get naked for different reasons. The other videos were a tad bit unusual for my taste, and I didnt really understand what they were supposed to mean, especially the one with the man miming a song. And my absolute favorite part of the entire trip was the photos of the 1970’s blaxploitation women, that reminded me of Pam Grier in movies like Coffy and Foxy Brown.

I was completely taken aback

I was completely taken aback by the entire exhibit. It was definitely not at all what I expected. My favorite set of pictures was of the women from an island off of Brazil. They seemed to be wearing extravagant outfits with jewelry from afar. As I approached the pictures to view them closer up I was immediately surprised. I asked myself, “Are those guts hanging around her neck?!” Turns out I was right; the artist used the insides of animals to complete the outfit. I was a little creeped out by it at first but for some reason I couldn’t stop staring. The expression on their face and the amazing detail and sharpness of the image was breathless. I decided to venture downstairs and see what other photos were down there. I was excited to see some TVs on the wall and I was able to watch some amazing videos. I’m sure most of the class went in to the room that was surrounded by four huge screens depicting India. I didn’t read the caption before I went in but I found myself in there for awhile. I immediately noticed the “laundry mat” and watched the men wash and dry the clothes. One show in particular showed some bright colored fabrics drying underneath the sun. I thought about how beautiful the colors looked together. I then read that the photographer was trying to capture the textiles in India by showing the different colors. The photographer did an amazing job because that is exactly what I saw. My trip to the International Center for Photography was cold and rainy, but once inside I no longer cared about the ugliness outside.

The ICP exceeded my

The ICP exceeded my expectations. I absolutely loved it! The room in which the works of Laurie Simmons, Valerie Belin and Martha Rosler was one of my favorites. Simmons’ work potrayed cut-out female figures from old magazines. These women were very glamourous. The way the cut-out figures were situated on set was not what is usually seen in fashion magazines. As stated in the photo description, it “reminds us that nostalgia for a better time is often a paper-thin gloss on reality.” It was a reflection of the personal identity and gender roles of the women at the time. Belin’s work of three images of the models were incredible. I couldn’t stop looking at how perfect they looked. After all, it is stated the models suggest our cultural obsession with youth and physical perfection. Martha Rosler’s work was very intriguing since the subjects were Dolce & Gabbana models in black and white suits set in a backdrop of an explosion in Iraq. After reading the description, I found it surprising that the war in Iraq involved growth for art & luxury goods.
Cindy Sherman’s self-modeled photos were also the highlights of the day. The photos truly captured the world of high fashion and how much people thrive for it. The picture where Sherman plays the role of four different women with cups in their hands expresses individuality and personal style.
The amount of notes I took today wouldn’t be enough to prove how much I loved this exhibit. It was so inspiring to see all of the works of art that portrays fashion, also something I’ve loved in addition to photography. Undoubtedly, fashion is an art since every day we wear something that allows us to express how we feel and how we want to be perceived by others. It is self-expression and individuality as well as a reflection on the culture we have embedded into our lives.

I was excited to go to the

I was excited to go to the ICP because I love pictures and the reactions they generate. And I was especially excited when I realized the exhibit we’d be focusing on was called dress codes. The exhibit brought much to light when discussing the role of fashion in cultural terms and personal terms. One of my favorites were the clay-mation videos created by Natalie Djurberg. Which brought up the idea that fashion can induce a certain attitude or that fashion is based off of certain personalities. Which I believe is so true, that sometimes someone wears regular everyday clothing as a costume and creates an extra personality as an accessory. Another striking artist was Thorsten Brinkmann, whose pictures unnerved me, since I was not allowed to see his face. He altered clothing and created fashions out of what seemed to be just a random collection of clothes. Fashion is art and can express much.
I have always loved fashion and am amazed at what some people can come up with. I think all fashion is art but some is more artistic than others. A jeans and T-Shirt is as much a work of art as a Marie Antoinette gown, it just that the latter has more intricate art work involved. Fashion is a form of expression and art is a form of expression, and who said you can’t wear art?

The small intimate setting

The small intimate setting was pleasing to me when i went to the International Center for Photography. I really enjoyed this aspect because i feel like certain artwork when displayed should be in a more intimate setting rather than a huge gallery that gives the observer a more empty feeling than they wish to acquire. In this specific gallery the type of artwork that was displayed was perfect for the setting it was in.
People forget that fashion is a very huge component to the art world today. Fashion is a form of art and especially in New York City. Designers constantly try to reinvent and create new fashion styles every season, just like artists who paint or sculpt.
The “Dress Codes” exhibit at the International Center of Photography shows viewers how large of an impact the fashion world has had on society. It is an artwork as well as a sense of style. An example of fashion as an artwork is any type of red carpet event. On the red carpet everyone is asking everyone “who” they are wearing. It seems to be a large art exhibit for everyone to view and sometimes the artistic outfits designed are moving enough to compare to something hanging in the Met.
Fashion is another form of expression through emotions of a person. The reason fashion is an art form is because it is a way of expression. Anyone can be an artist i believe. And anyone can be moved by art no matter how absurd the art form takes shape. I never really thought about fashion truly being an art form until i experienced it and realized how it affected me emotionally. Fashion as an art form is truly F.I.E.R.C.E.!

I have always been interested

I have always been interested in fashion, and want to have a career in the fashion industry one day. Needless to say I loved this exhibit. Each work of art explored a different facet of fashion. When I tell people I want to work in fashion I anticipate that someone is going to judge me, I have even had someone laugh in my face before. However I believe that fashion is more then what we wear. It represents our culture, and our personal history. It allows us to be individuals.
I consider fashion to be an art form. The exhibit combined tow of my favorite genres of art; fashion and photography. I thought that this collection of photographs did an excellent job of showcasing global fashion. Many people hear the word fashion and imagine Anna Wintour sitting front row at a Prada runway show, but fashion is so much more then that. Fashion is a part of people’s lives regardless of gender, age, race, religion, etc. This exhibit was successful in exposing to the viewer to drastically different forms of fashion,
I particularly enjoyed the Cindy Sherman pieces because I am familiar with her previous work. I really enjoyed her images that were trying to convey the concept of individuality. Many people try to dress in a unique way to distinguish themselves as individuals. Sherman mocks these people because so many people desperately trying to look “different” simply end up looking like everyone else who is trying to look “different”. I felt like her work was an interesting take on herd mentality and fashion.

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Although I did not have a

Although I did not have a chance to go last week, I did end up going to the museum today, and it was fabulous! each exhibit explored a different facet of the Fashion industry and proved that fashion is as much of an art form as any other form of art. My favorite exhibit was the polaroid exhibit. Each person who was photographed wore an intricate and detailed outfit. The polaroids were raw and the viewer could tell that their was no photo manipulation involved in this exhibit. Polaroids are a vintage way of taking photographs, especially in the digital world we live in. Actually, looking at this exhibit was really refreshing. I completely forgot about polaroids as a way of taking photographs so this was a nice way of making me remember. The Cindy Sherman exhibit was interesting as well. It was a creative take on “being an individual.” She was pointing out the flaws of society, in regard to fashion and the way people are perceived based on their outer appearance. In todays world, outer appearance is extremely important, although it should not be sadly it is. she was mocking this factor. Her photos depict how individuals should not give into societies restraints.