• Paige Willoughby: Modern Times

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    Posted on January 3, 2014 by Paige Willoughby

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    ……….For centuries humans have looked to the past for inspiration. It is difficult to find art or architecture without any historical reference. In the 19th century, the ancient roman, the gothic, and various other styles heavily inspired most art and architecture. With the advent of many new technologies during the Industrial Revolution; art, architecture, and fashion, which had previously been reserved for the upper classes, were brought closer to the common man. Fashion is yet another art irremovable from its historical past.

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    One popular style during the 19th century was eclecticism, the melding of various historical styles to create something new. Few architects had success in achieving this, but those who did created buildings whose details were recognizable in history – yet the building as a whole was revolutionary. This is what common fashion aims to be today, though it is not made explicit.

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    As a personal example, I love certain aspects of the fashion from the 1950’s in America. Why? I have no idea. The 1950’s were an extremely repressive and conformist era for women, and the country as a whole, but who can resist a pin-up girl? We look to the past in trying to understand these Modern Times.

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    Self Portraits and Text by Paige Willoughby, Copyright 2013

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    About The Author: Paige Willoughby is a senior Engineering major at the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2014. To read more articles by Paige Willoughby, go to the search bar at the top of the page, type in name: click the green search icon.