The 1950s

The 1950s.  Perfection, elegance, grace, family, getting married and raising a family.  I think of apron strings tied around a woman’s waist, toddlers running around playing cops and robbers in the family room, a husband returning home late from work.  Dinner prepared and a happy housewife smiling merrily at her spouse across the table.  At the time, this depiction was supposed to spell out happiness, warmth and fulfillment for every woman.

However, 60 years later, the vision of a feeble housewife trying nothing more than to desperately please her husband and children is hackneyed and cliche.  My purpose is to focus on how each decade was able to empower women, not conform them to a common stereotype!  I chose represent the 1950s with a counter culture version of the typical woman.  A woman who’s not married and may not have kids.  A woman who is content and happy just being alive!

The truth is that although many women were subject to constrictive lifestyles dominated by their husbands, there were a few who didn’t conform – who stood up, stood out and made themselves heard.

ROSA SPARKS refused to sit in the back of the bus in 1955.

SIMONE DE BEAVOIR’s  The Second Sex comes to the US in 1953.

LUCILLE BALL – Her name became a household word in 1955.

 

The 2000s

I took an androgynous approach with this decade because I wanted to capture the essence of the past 10 years culturally and through fashion.  In both aspects there has been a strong push toward the acceptance of the LGBT community and living what has previously been referred to as an alternative life style.

Ten years ago Clay Aiken was hiding behind his sexual orientation.  Last year Adam Lambert came out as if he had never intended to stay in the closet to begin with.  Ten years ago pop music was still worshiping Brittany Spears clean cut wholesome image.  This year Lady Gaga’s very candid interview with Barbra Walters in which she openly admitted to being bisexual and stated she had been intimate with both men and women barely made headlines.  There are more openly gay characters on TV then ever before, male models look less like Ashton Kutcher and more like their thin female counterparts, and the most popular day time TV talk show host is an out lesbian.  If the 70s are remembered for starting the sexual revolution, perhaps the 2000s will be remembered for starting the gay revolution.