Kicking up a hullaballoo
Karen Krog | Monday, April 11, 2011
In the past week, a great deal of discourse has been dispensed over the topic of fashion and personal style and self respect and their interrelatedness. However, in these many extremely academic commentaries we have, as a community, failed to address something at the root of the issue: How did leggings become a viable pants-replacement option in the fashion world? Fellow academics, we are indeed skirting the real question: What philosophical, historical and social constructs motivated the world’s fashion leaders to dress women as bourgeois men of the late Italian renaissance? As an added benefit to our mental exertions, by examining these issues we may even extrapolate future women’s fashion trends — we have recently had pointy shoes, billowy blouses, and skintight leggings; should we soon expect flat hats and codpieces?
Breen Phillips Hall