This assignment requires you to apply your understanding of concepts in the study of fashion and power to your observations in a “real world” setting. You will attend an event of your choosing and write up a blog post that explains what you observed there in terms of what you have learned so far in this course. You should balance rich description of the event and the people there with analysis – the reader should come away from your post with a sense of what it was like to attend the event and a clear understanding of how power relations and cultural meaning could be sensed through careful attention to fashion at that event.
The event may be explicitly related to fashion (a fashion show, exhibit, presentation, film, etc.) or it may just be a space where concepts of fashion and power are strikingly on display. You are welcome to attend the event with a classmate, but you must each write up your own unique review.
Your blog post will be assessed on the following criteria:
- An engaging title and introduction that draw in the reader
- Rich description that gives the reader a sense of what it was like to attend
- Analysis that demonstrates your understanding of course concepts and ability to apply them appropriately – a reader who has not taken our class should be able to grasp the concepts you use and see how they apply to your examples. Outstanding posts will teach readers who are knowledgable about the course concepts (e.g. your classmates and your professor) something new or give them a new way to think about something familiar.
- Proper attribution of ideas and words where appropriate, including bibliographic citations at the end of your post; you should cite at least 2 course authors
- Incorporation of at least 2 images from the event or related to it (your own photographs are best)
- Appropriate use of hyperlinks for readers interested in finding out more
- Professionalism (proofread for errors, formatting mistakes, etc.)
- Length is between 750 and 1250 words
Your post must be published to the course website in finished form by 4pm on March 12, 2015. I will happily discuss your work with you at any stage in advance of the deadline. See the Policies page for info on late submission.
Choose one of the 6 course keywords (representation, identity, discipline, resistance, appropriation, or transformation), and write an essay of around 1000 words that explains the meaning(s) of this word in relation to fashion and power. You will be formulating a definition of the keyword and explaining it to your reader. You should synthesize course readings to support the definition you put forth. To accompany your essay, you will curate a collection of 5-10 images that illuminate the meaning of the concept through a distinct, identifiable theme. These may be images that you find on the web, photograph yourself, and/or pull from the course pinterest boards. You are encouraged to choose a theme that relates to your personal and/or professional interests in the field of fashion.
Your image collection and write-up should be presented in the form of a blog post on the class blog. You should come up with a creative yet descriptive title. Include hyperlinks within the text wherever appropriate. All images should be credited/linked to their sources (you will be graded on this). See below for full requirements and grading criteria.
Components of this assignment
Thesis statement and outline (50 points)
Due as a hard copy in class on Tuesday, April 21 (to be returned to you in class on April 23)
- The keyword that will guide your curation/essay
- The thesis of your curation/essay (this should be a sentence that states how your keyword is defined and how your theme illuminates this definition.)
- The theme around which your images will center (you can include example images if you want to)
- A loose structure for your essay (can just be a bullet point or two for each paragraph)
- A list of assigned readings that you will use to explain your keyword and contextualize the images you have chosen; you should also indicate the quotes or passages you intend to draw from in these readings. (You do not need to utilize outside readings at all for this assignment. The bulk of the sources used should be course readings.)
Web skeleton (25 points)
Must be posted as a draft to the class blog by class time on Thursday, April 30
- A potential title for the post
- All images you intend to include in your post
- Sources for all images (either hyperlinked to the images themselves, included as captions on the images, or listed at the end of the post)
- Any written content you are ready to include at this point
Final post (125 points)
Must be published to the class blog by 4:55pm on Tuesday, May 5
Your post will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Content (100 points)
- Title is creative, engaging, and informative.
- Thesis is clear. The definition of the keyword you are advancing should be apparent to the reader throughout the post.
- Organizational structure is both logical and smooth. Discuss your points in an order that makes sense in support of the overall thesis. Aim for flow of ideas rather than a choppy list of ideas. Use an introduction, conclusion, and transitions.
- All images clearly support the thesis advanced in the written component. (Note: you do not need to discuss each image individually, you may treat them more as a collection that accompanies your write-up. You can explicitly discuss individual photos as befits your analysis.)
- Supporting readings are selected and cited appropriately. Authors are credited when their ideas guide your analysis. Appropriate quotes and/or concepts are selected from the readings and properly cited in text, including page numbers.
- Text is copy edited so that errors do not distract the reader.
Technical aspects (25 points)
- Images are sourced appropriately. Hyperlinks and credits are included either in-line with the images or at the end of your post.
- Formatting is neat and professional. If reference is made to an entity with an online presence, that presence should be hyperlinked.