Body Art: Calling All Fashionistas

Fashion can be widely misunderstood. The industry itself is often superficial, cutthroat, and intimidating. However, fashion at its most basic is what you put on in the morning. It’s what you do with scissors to your mother’s dress from the early 90’s. It’s the necklace you may or may not have stolen from Forever 21. Whether you like it or not, what you choose to put on in the morning represents various aspects of who you are, what you want, and what you know about yourself. Fashion can be used to communicate a sense of identity. It’s what people look at first, whether they care about your outfit or not.

Here at Sarah Lawrence, the eye-popping ensembles never cease. I have never understood why there hasn’t been an official fashion interest group on campus. If you think about it, when a school has hundreds of fashionistas prancing from class to class every day, it’s about time for an organized platform for students to express themselves through fashion.

Gaia Liotta, a first-year, approached me last week with the desire to start a collective. A place where students can have an open dialogue about fashion as an art form and potentially put on a show in the spring. We’re proud to present the first (to our knowledge), official fashion club on campus: Body Art.

Body Art is an all-inclusive group that will create opportunities for photographers, designers, stylists, editors, and anyone else interested, to experiment with ideas and showcase their art. We will be holding all kinds of events from screenings of fashion documentaries to bringing in speakers to talk about their experience working in the fashion industry. In addition, Body Art will act as a collaboration of talents and resources within the student community.

Body Art is about self-expression through fashion. Fashion is personal since clothes identify who someone wants to be, their social groups and beliefs,  and how they want to be portrayed . The purpose of Body Art is to create a community at Sarah Lawrence College interested in the promotion, education, and celebration of all things fashion. Body Art is a celebration of who we are through what we choose to wear (Liotta).

If you’d like to get involved, you can contact either Gaia Liotta or myself with contact information provided below. We’re unbelievably excited about the club, so come out and join us. In other words: show up, look fly and make art. Hope to see you on the SLC runway!




Image Credit: Pret-A-Reporter, Style Rookie

James Neiley (Fashion Editor) is a senior and enjoys lounge kimonos, vintage fur, and large bathtubs. He studies fashion history and french, but particularly revels in excellent cinema costume design.

1 Comment

  • Reply November 14, 2011

    Ari Jones

    Super sad I didn’t know about this earlier! If there’s anyway I can be of help, just let me know. I have a lot of experience with actual body art and make up, and I’d be happy to submit samples of my work.
    Props for putting this together!

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