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Hannah Bevens

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Human Evolution and Prehistoric Dress Nubian Point Core. 90,000-35,000 BCE. Flint. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This crude pointed flint appears as if it lacks significance in the development of technology. However, the chipping technique used to create this point leads advances the ability to use fine motor skills to make tools such as needles and hooks, later on in human history. Otzi the Iceman. Digital image. Conservation and Technology. South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, 2013. Web. <http://www.iceman.it/en/conservation>. Otzi the Iceman: found in the Otzal Alps in Tyrol, Italy. He was perfectly preserved because he was covered in snow and ice, probably with various occasions of thawing and refreezing. The Loincloth. Digital image. The Loincloth. South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, 2013. Web. <http://www.iceman.it/en/node/271>. The Leggings. Digital image. The Leggings. South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, 2013. Web. <http://www.iceman.it/en/node/273>. The Hide Coat. Digital image. The Hide Coat. South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, 2013. Web. <http://www.iceman.it/en/node/270>. Otzi wore a variety of goat skin articles of clothing. On the inside of his coat (bottom) there is evidence of scraping, most likely to clean the hide. His leggings (right) were separate and carefully cross-stitched together with animal sinew. They were then tied with reinforcing leather to his belt, similar to that of modern garter belts. The loincloth (left) was fashioned out of goat hide strips that were cross-stitched together and attached to the belt, as well. Modern Interpretation Hannah Standing outside Alexander McQueen's Exhibit, London. Personal photograph by author. 2011. Here I am, outside fashion icon and legendary designer, Alexander McQueen's exhibit in London, wearing BIFURCATED clothing, or pants. I am also wearing a black scarf in the DRAPED fashion. I am also wearing a sweater, which is constructed in the COAT fashion. Hannah in the Queen's Rose Garden, London. Personal photograph by author. 2011. Here, I am wearing a sweater that is fashioned in a T-SHAPED form. Janna Dewann wearing poncho in college fashion show, Syracuse, NY. Personal photograph by Kath Fidler. 2007. Here, my friend Janna wears a PONCHO, for a college fashion show. In addition to an opening for her head, this poncho includes openings for her arms as well. Motivation for Dress Protection Utility Seduction Magico-Religious or Devotional Personal Expression Group Identification Status of Hierarchy Arouse Emotion Modesty Communicate With Symbols Hannah and Morgan wearing snowboarding helmets, Sugarloaf, Maine. Personal photograph by author. 2004. Protection could be from the elements, or from injury during physical activities, like my friend and me wearing our snowboarding gear. In this photo you can see our helmets that protect our heads, and goggles to protect our eyes from light and snow. Gernreich, Rudi. Brassiere. 1967. Nylon. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. While utility may mean accessories that hold necessary objects, such as purses and work belts, bras are sometimes overlooked as something that was invented for a utilitarian purpose as well. They provide support and aid women's posture. Hannah in burlesque pefrormance, New Paltz, NY. Personal photograph by author. 2012. I am a burlesque performer, and our costumes revolve around the concepts of sexuality and seduction. Corsets, stockings, and lingerie are used to emphasize our forms, emphasizing curves and the dynamic shapes that our bodies create in a tantalizing manner. Hannah in comedic swim attire, Maine. Personal photograph by author. 2009. I am a bit of a goofball, and on this particular occasion I chose to wear bright contrasting colors and patterns. I also wore an inflatable duck, an example of a TOTEM, as I wanted to create a character for the day of water activities. Hannah playing school volleyball, Yarmouth, ME. Personal photograph by author. 2009. I used to play volleyball with my high school team, and our uniforms brought us together as a team, utilizing COLOR SYMBOLISM through our school colors navy blue and white. Our school is on the coast, and made up of smaller islands as well, so our school colors were drawn from a nautical background. Hannah at high school graduation, Yarmouth, ME. Personal photograph by author. 2009. As a symbol of hierarchy, our school follows the tradition of caps and gowns to show our achievement during the ceremony. My friend to the right wears a blue sash around her neck, also distinguishing her hierarchy for achieving honors. Hannah and friends at high school prom, Yarmouth, ME. Personal photograph by author. 2008. Prom is a time that calls for celebration and fun, and girls typically choose to wear bright gowns that provoke an atmosphere of joy and elegance. Hannah's senior photo, Yarmouth, ME. Personal photograph by author. 2009. Senior photographs are documented for memorabilia, and require modest, basic clothing that work as a base for the purpose of portraiture. In addition, our age dictates that we dress in a way that doesn't show off our form in a sexually, and instead show as little skin as possible (except for the bare feet, a form of self expression at the time). Coworkers wearing company product, Baltimore, MD. Personal photograph by author. 2011. My best friends are my coworkers from the company Maine Roasters Coffee. We all were given these sweatshirts that present the company's logo on the back. Body Modification Non-Permanent Permanent All three images:
Pitts-Taylor, Victoria. In the Flesh: The Cultural Politics of Body Modification. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. 118-20. Print. Here we see variations of piercing (the woman's top is pierced through her skin), surgical modification (Jesse Jarrell's dermal implants that created his "bionic arm"), and a ritualistic practice that involves piercing to stretch the skin called "flesh hanging," which has been developed into a performing arts scene in western society. All three images:
DeMello, Margo. Encyclopedia of Body Adornment. Westport, Conn. [u.a.: Greenwood, 2007. 39+. Print. These non-surgical methods of adornment show how jewelry, body painting, and elaborate costume modify and attract attention to specific parts of the body that are either erogenous or idealized in some way by the various cultures that they belong to. For example, the geishas wear headpieces to attract attention to their face and large hair styles. Ten commandments shirt clip, New Paltz, NY. Personal photograph by author. 2013. This sterling shirt clip is a devotional piece of jewelry, because it lists each of the ten commandments, serving as a constant reminder of faith. Standing Female Figure Wearing a Strap and a Necklace. 3rd–2nd Millennium B.C. Stone. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. This prehistoric figure of a woman shoes little clothing, and her bare form shows how women's bodies have developed from the necessity to store fat, creating larger and curvacious natural forms.
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