Oct 20, 2009

Tudors, Gothic, Literary, Gypsy Pirate?

source Fashion Gone Rogue

For my Enlightenment to the Revolution Class, I had an assignment to transmediate the epistolary novel Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson.  I chose to create a blog post, using an editorial from the November 2009 issue of Dazed & Confused to portray modern versions of the stylings most likely seen in Pamela.
In case you aren't familiar with the story, Pamela is a servant girl who captures the attention of her Master Mr. B.  Mr. B. falls in love with her and gives her exquisite dresses to wear. 

When reading the novel, I never paid much attention to what it was she was wearing.  However upon further research, I found that the stylings of Pamela in illustrations change with the times, as if the ebb and flow of fashion trends is not only seen on runways and in the streets of New York/Paris/Milan/London but also on the fictional bodies of literary characters.
The style of the novel itself prompted the birth of the modern day novel as we know it to be in its most readable and entertaining form.  Now, Tudor stylings predate Pamela's wardrobe by about a century but the same goes for fashion as does for literature in that reading Pamela allows us to understand a pivotal point in literary history; studying Tudor style allows us to understand the aesthetics that follow, especially in Pamela's day.  In fact the gown in the third picture from the bottom is something I could see B giving to Pamela.  
In the novel, I saw beauty as almost a character in and of itself.  Pamela is at times vain about her looks, often her parents warn her not to be so.  However the most unique thing about the "love" that B has for Pamela is that it is not purely based on aethetics, it is born mostly out of Pamela's wit and intelligence highlighting the fact that it is not simply the dress that makes the women. 


Closet Full of Nothing said...

These are beautiful! love your blog, full of inspirations! link exchange?

nookie said...

these are stunning

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

how cool is that - what a good idea! i hope you got an A+!

FashionXK8 said...

haha, I hope so too.


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