Elektra

elektraAnother female creation from the Marvel universe brings us to the fashion of Elektra.  Elektra is a character well versed in the martial arts world and has a sexy wardrobe to match her dangerous lifestyle.  She is a trained assassin for hire and a bounty hunter with no mercy, the artists behind her design had to give her an outfit that screamed she was a woman, but also screamed she had no mercy.

The artists came up with varying designs for Elektra’s outfits including Grecian style draping that trailed into loose ribbons, corset and tight leather pants, hair bandanas, one piece, army-style jump suits, and a tight leather vest with a choker collar paired with tight leather pants.

Throughout all of the variations of clothing Elektra has worn throughout her own comic book series and throughout the Daredevil comic book series, one thing remains to hold true to Elektra’s ever-changing ensemble: red.

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Elektra’s outfit nearly one hundred percent of the time contains a blood red costume design to show her assassin qualities. She is ruthless and well trained at her craft. The red of her outfit only shows her strength all the more.

From her comic book series, to her portrayal by Jennifer Garner in the Daredevil movie and the Elektra movie, Elektra’s costume design holds true to her thrust for blood nature. She is a strong woman who doesn’t hold back and her choice of dress in both the comics and the movies shows she does not hold anything back on the battlefield or in her wardrobe.

Her wardrobe invokes sex appeal and fear. One thing is for sure surrounding her sexy ensemble, if a bad guy sees a flash of blood red crimson out of the corner of his eyes, there is nowhere to run, but he should definitely try anyway.

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Diversity of Purses

pursesBefore, purses were an accessory for storage that women used for their own convenience.  In the modern fashion market, purses have become more than a useful tool for women. Purses have become a fashion statement that creates a flattering image for a woman’s ensemble.

With the change in fashion, there has come a change in numbers as well.  Before, women used maybe one purse to store their essential items they would need on a shopping expenditure or to go on a trip. Now, purses can fill a woman’s closet with their degree of changes.

There are over the shoulder purses, backpack purses, saddlebag purses, handbags, and clutches, suitcase styled purses, purses for formal occasions, and so much more.

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Each category of purses has thousands of designs to choose from, with different textures and fabrics adorning the accessory structure.

Women absorb themselves in this culture that everything they possess should be fashionable or should match the standards of their lifestyle. Honestly, that’s how it should be. Like fashion, women also adapt with the times.

Yes, at one point in time, women carried purses and other handbags to carry personal items that would aid in their everyday journeys of shopping, taking care of the family, and running and endless amount of errands.

Just because the matriarch of the family has an extra nourishing quality does not mean that they shouldn’t get an element of luxury in their lives….so women adapted.

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Women felt they had to carry around these purses to lug around anything and everything they may or may not need.  That doesn’t mean they couldn’t do it in style.

So, the fashionable purses were born.  Women achieved a productive yet fashionable use for an essential item they needed.  Just because an item is useful and doesn’t have the most glamorous job, doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable.

In today’s society, buy the handbags, the clutches, and the purses because if you are the one taking care of things and always the one that has to hold everyone’s items, then at least you can do it in style.

Disney Accuracy: Arabian Nights

jasmineMaybe one of the most distant representations of a Disney princess to her actual time period clothing is Princess Jasmine from the 1992 Disney animated feature, Aladdin.

The movie Aladdin is presumed to take place in the 6th century during the Achaemenid Empire.  In this time period, not much is known about women’s clothing, but what is known, is that women did not wear pants or trousers like Jasmine so clearly does in Aladdin.

According to Encyclopeadia Iranica, http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/clothing-ii, women of this dynasty wore pleated court dresses with chitons, or long tunics.  Women would also wear head pieces that would cover their hair that usually flowed down in natural waves.  These head garments did not cover the face at all.

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This style of clothing does not describe Jasmine’s style of dress at all. This realization could be because animators involved with Disney admitted that they were not trying to make the characters of Aladdin look realistic in any way: http://mentalfloss.com/article/59930/15-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-aladdin.

Nonetheless, we can still make the comparison that Jasmine does not possess any of the fashion qualities that women of the Achaemenid Empire did. Instead of the traditional style of dress, Jasmine holds almost a sex-appeal with her puffy, ice blue pants that displays her perfect exposed body at the stomach. Her crop top leaves little to the imagination of what a woman’s body looks like without clothing.

Whether or not Disney animators wanted to make Jasmine look like a realistic princess of her time or not, they failed to hit the bar in the accuracy of historical clothing.  Even so, they still created a memorable princess that still captures the hearts of children and adults alike.

Five Fun Facts

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For the last of the St. Patrick’s Day installments of this week’s fashion blog, we are going to end with five interesting facts surrounding the fashionable industry of St. Patrick’s Day.

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  • The fashionable shamrock splattered everywhere on St. Patrick’s Day represents the Holy Trinity in Catholicism of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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  • Besides being a symbol for Catholicism in Ireland, the color green was also chosen for St. Patrick’s Day to represent the coming of spring and because it is the color of the shamrock.
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  • Leprechauns are not a traditional symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. This symbol was added to heighten the Irish décor surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, leprechauns are traditionally seen as mischievous little creatures, which go against the loving worship theme usually surrounding St. Patrick’s Day.
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  • The pots of gold are another staple added to the décor of St. Patrick’s Day. The pots of gold go along with the mean little leprechauns who value and hoard gold.
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  • The rainbows also go along with the leprechauns. In mythological folklore, the pots of gold are said to lie at the end of the rainbow where leprechauns can find the gold they so desire.
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White and Green

shamrockWhite should be just as acceptable of a color to wear on St. Patrick’s Day as green is.

The Irish flag contains three colors: green, representing Catholicism and the Gaelic people, orange, representing Protestantism, and white, the color that lies in between green and orange to symbolize the union between the two religions of Ireland.

This representation throughout the flag signifies unity and acceptance. Since St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of a man who brought so much to the world in kindness and religious purposes, a color of unity should be an acceptable color to wear for the day that celebrates such a great man.

Whether it is the traditional green staple you wear on St. Patrick’s Day or the white color of unity, just remember that St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate religious purposes, and not just a day to pinch people who don’t wear green and drink enormous amounts of alcohol into the wee hours of the night.

Green Day

shamrock 1As another St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the images of leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, shamrocks, beer, and the consistent signs of “Kiss me, I’m Irish” swirl around us. With these traditional trademarks, one fashion choice seems to rein above all others on St. Patrick’s Day: wearing the color green.

The color green plays an important role on St. Patrick’s Day. The color green represents the shade of green on Ireland’s flag which symbolizes Catholicism and the Gaelic people. Green is worn to honor Catholicism in the name of the missionary patron saint of Ireland: St. Patrick.

According to catholic.org, St. Patrick is celebrated every year on the date of his death, March 17, 461, for bringing Christianity to people all across Ireland.

The color green is worn to honor of the deeds St. Patrick completed for Ireland and for the religion of Catholicism.

Wearing green does not have to mean you are conforming to the social norms surrounding the holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, wearing green can symbolize the thanks we give to St. Patrick for his aid to Ireland and the Catholic Church.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Not everyone revels in the idea of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Some people do not want to conform to the social norms. Some individuals do not want to celebrate a holiday based upon a religion they do not worship. Some people do not want to be pestered by all of the holiday hype.

Even if someone doesn’t want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and they don’t want to wear green, there is another color these individuals should avoid so that they do not unintentionally offend someone who does care about St. Patrick’s Day. This color is orange.

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Green is the staple of St. Patrick’s Day representing Catholicism and the Gaelic people of Ireland. However, on the flag of Ireland, orange represents the color of Protestantism. Although there is a respect for both religions and validity to them both that spans not only Ireland, but all across the world, wearing orange on St. Patrick’s Day may seem like a passive aggressive attack against the Catholics celebrating a day honoring their patron saint of Ireland.

All in all, people can protest wearing green and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all they want to, but they should still be respectful of those who do want to celebrate the holiday by not wearing orange.