In a time of heightened activism and social change, minority groups are demanding what they deserve. The gatekeepers of various industries are typically privileged white men. Without an influx of new perspectives the same redundant narratives will continue to be told.
It’s tough to begin writing about Liza Minnelli. Not that there isn’t enough information or enough questions to ask, but it’s more difficult to decide where to start. She’s done a million stage performances, sang a million songs and still seems to have the energy of a five-year-old that was just given a Mountain Dew.
In today’s day and age, it is almost customary for artists to make it clear to the public what their political and social motivations are behind their work. New Jersey native and artist Clifford Miskell presents this same narrative in his work, and with his chosen name. The painter changed his name in 1997 to Cbabi Bayoc. Both names are acronyms that represent his beliefs and who he is as a person. Cbabi stands for Creative Black Artist Battling Ignorance, and Bayoc stands for Blessed African Youth of Creativity.
As humans, we are inclined to categorize and label aspects of the world. There always has to be a word or descriptor for something. Whether its race, sexuality, or political parties everything has to have its own clearly defined classification. However, these boxes can often pigeonhole a person and limit how much society allows them to evolve. This problem is extremely prevalent in the entertainment industry. You often hear artist complain about being typecast or how the media will make comparisons that become hard for them to escape. The same can be said of Texan singer Leon Bridges.
Maxi skirts, jumpsuits, and the little black dress are just a few main staples of the modern fashion world, especially in America. Along with these, bodycon dresses are a major item among consumers. This type of dress was pioneered by French fashion house Herve Leger.
The late fashion designer Herve Leroux founded Herve Leger in 1985 after working at Fendi and Chanel in the late 70s. The bodycon, or “bandage,” dress came into abundance in 1990 from his own invention. The popularity of these dresses spread quickly, primarily among celebrities, and are still in major demand today. The concept of the dress is to contour the female body, rather than draping it in fabric.