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The Historical Evolution of the High Heel

What are seen as a symbol of the female population, high heels, have a very interesting backstory.

Contrary to what the majority of people know and believe, heels were originally invented for men (like so many other things). According to Roman Mars in his article “A Short History on the High Heel,” from class status to butcher shops to war, the heel played a few different roles in the lives of European men.

Wealthy men wore heels to flaunt their money to those less fortunate. Butcherers wore heels to avoid getting blood all over their shoes and pants. Soldiers wore heels on horseback so they could stand up and balance in their stirrups in order to use their guns.

High heels didn’t become something really designed for women until about the 18th century when men regarded them as impractical. After that they became highly marketed to women.

It was first in pornography that thin high heels, such as stilettos, were embraced. Later they became a big deal in fashion, like in magazines and seen on celebrities, and the epitome of femininity.

What does this tell us about our society and values?

Though it’s not very clear who invented the first high heel, the shoe has evolved through centuries and is now mainly worn by women. The big gender shift is interesting because it makes you wonder what the standards for clothing and accessories are, and who is “supposed” to wear them.

After talking with a few ladies about their heels, I have found a common theme. It seems that many women own at least five pairs. Also, to them high heels are empowering. They bring sophistication, confidence and elegance. None of the women said they wear heels to impress a man, as is a stereotypical assumption.

High heels can be a form of artistic expression. Megan Griffee a sophomore at Bethel College said, “I wear heels because they make me feel good about myself. They make my legs thinner and add some flair to my outfits.”


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Three Jackets to Wear This Fall

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Three Jackets to Wear This Fall

Fall has arrived! The first day of autumn was Sept. 23. It is now socially acceptable to be excited about fall holidays and activities. Halloween, hayrides, pumpkin patches and cider mills, but most importantly, fall fashion can make its way back into your wardrobe.

As the temperature drops, wearing a light jacket can keep you both fashionable and warm. There are a variety of fall jacket trends for this year. Recently, students have been wearing classic fall jackets, but with a twist.

Leather Jackets 

Leather jackets are a necessity when it comes to fall fashion. The classic, sleek black look will always be a go-to. Black goes with anything, so it is easy to wear a leather jacket with anything such as a pair of pants, jeans, dresses or skirts.

The twist: Colored leather jackets have become a trend for Fall 2015. Some popular colors for the jackets include burgundy and gray. The colored leather jackets are fun for fall, simply because you can style them like a normal leather jacket, just with a little more color. 

Denim Jackets

Denim jackets are another classic jacket that you will see around campus. In the ‘90s, people would wear over-sized jackets and pair them with denim jeans. The movie Dope featured many ‘90s styled outfits, including denim jackets. Movie-inspired outfits have been transitioning into fall fashion.

The twist: Taking style tips from the ‘90s, acid-washed denim jackets are making a comeback. Also, denim jackets with colorful patches sewn on are squeezing their way back into the style trend.

Trench Coats

When the weather is more chilly and rainy, trench coats come in handy. Just like leather jackets, they go great with any outfit, and come in a variety of colors.

The twist: The trench coat trend that is becoming fashionable this fall is the longer trench coat. This instantly adds a touch of class to any outfit.

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ATD Fashion Show Preview

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ATD Fashion Show Preview

This year the Apparel and Textile Design (ATD) major is vamping up its program with its first annual fashion show. This year’s show promises shock and awe with its meticulously selected designs and avant garde style.

Many may remember the spring fashion show that was previously put on by the Student Apparel Design Association (SADA). Some rumors have circulated that the show was taken away from SADA by the ATD department.

Student Assistant Director to the ATD Fashion Show, Olivia Grzasko, put these rumors to rest. “The show isn’t necessarily being ‘taken away,’ as most SADA members are part of the Apparel and Textile Design major. Rather, the department decided that it would be an added strength to the program to have its own fashion show, and seeing that both a SADA show and an ATD show could overwhelm students, it chose to direct all attention to the ATD show,” said Grzasko.

Assistant Professor Dr. Theresa Winge who is the adviser for SADA and a member of the jury for the ATD Fashion Show, further explained why SADA will not be hosting a fashion show of their own this year. “While it is true that SADA has had fashion shows in the past; this year, the fashion-forward board has taken a new direction that they feel will benefit all of the student members. In addition to participating in several local fashion shows and philanthropic events, they are also planning a most significant design activity this academic year–a Fashion Design trip to Iceland for Spring Break 2011,” said Winge.

Although it could be said that the new Annual ATD Fashion Show is replacing the SADA Fashion Show, there are many significant differences that will make this years’ ATD show completely unlike SADA shows.

Preparations for the ATD Fashion Show began in the fall semester with ATD 439: Portfolio Development and Exhibition. Since the start of last semester the ATD 439 crew has held open model casting, accepted garment entries, selected a venue and began planning for a reception, amongst other things, to prepare for the February 26 show.

The ATD Fashion Show is a juried show, meaning that garments are submitted and then the Design Committee, which includes two professors and students from ATD 439, decides which garments will be featured in the show.

“This is completely different than SADA, which allowed any designs into the show,” said Leigh Gervasi, Student Director of the ATD Fashion Show and former Vice President of SADA. “We were really looking for avant garde pieces, usually with some sort of hand sewn element. We were looking for things that will make the audience’s jaws drop,” said Gervasi.

Designer, Jen Henry

ATD senior, member of the Design Committee and Chair of the Model Committee, Jen Henry said, “Last year’s SADA show was unlimited, this year we can have up to 3 garments and they were judged; this was harder to get into. We had teachers on the panel pushing us to do our best and have the most visually interesting pieces going down the runway.”

Henry has three garments in the show. “All of them are very avant garde; they are not street ready,” Henry said. One of her pieces is a white dress with an entirely open side which is kept together with wire, the second involves starched yarn and balloons and the third was made using hangers.

Also distinct from previous SADA shows the ATD Fashion Show does not have a defined theme. “Unlike SADA shows in the past, where themes were chosen and designers were assigned to a specific concept, this year’s show is subject to each designer’s personal interpretation,” said Grzasko.

The absence of a theme was an intentional decision of the ATD program, “These events are meant to be opportunities to exhibit the very best designs from a program. It would be counter-productive to have a theme, which might eliminate some of the best designs,” said Winge.

It has been decided that the ATD Fashion Show will be held on campus, unlike shows in past years, at the Passant Theatre in Wharton Center. “It’s really exciting because we think it will draw a huge crowd to be on campus,” said Gervasi.

The student committees in charge of the show are also working on having a reception at the Wharton Center following the show. “Wharton Center is just so beautiful, we want to stay there as long as we can,” said Gervasi. The reception will hopefully be held directly after the show outside the theatre. It will feature mannequins of designs that do not appear in the main show.

“These are garments that don’t transfer well on a runway. Either because they have a lot of detail or they won’t hold up on the runway. This gives us an opportunity to show case those as well,” said Gervasi.

Although ATD 439 ended with the fall semester, the students of the class are still hard at work planning their avante gard fashion show which will take place on Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wharton Center.

Tickets have been on sale since Feb. 1, for $12 each. “We anticipate [the show] to sell out. Last year’s SADA show had 1200 seats and sold out; this year we have only 600 seats,” said Henry.

The show is sure to be something worth seeing as Spartans embark on careers in fashion, using the Annual ATD Fashion Show as a launching pad.

Tickets are on sale at: http://whartoncenter.com/boxoffice/default.aspx

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Student-run Fashion Show a Success

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Student-run Fashion Show a Success

Editor Kaleigh Roubichaud attended a fashion event put on by the Student Apparel and Textile Design Association (SADA). The designs were all made by students, and were based on different periods of art.

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Lansing Recycled Art and Fashion Show

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Lansing Recycled Art and Fashion Show

Launched on March 25, the Lansing Recycled Art Exhibit and Fashion Show reemerged for its second year to prove that one man’s trash really can be another man’s treasure. Or his shirt.

Ashlae Belisle models a white dress made of recycled plastic carrying bags.

Organized by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the Go Green Initiative and Linking Lansing & U, the exhibit and fashion show are part of a collaborative effort to raise awareness about environmental issues through the creation of reused, reclaimed or recycled materials.

Through inspirational works of recyclable art, Lansing hopes to encourage citizens to take advantage of their local recycling programs.

Opening day was marked with a recyclable fabric fashion show and an award ceremony for the eight featured artists. One fashion show participant, apparel and textile design (ATD) senior Sarah Bach, submitted her work for the second year.

“For one of my classes, we did a sustainable design, and in another we did a recycled neck design,” Bach said. “One of our teachers suggested we enter the fashion show and keep them on display.”

While Bach’s designs are not currently in the exhibit, three other ATD students have their pieces on display. The garments incorporate anything from used T-shirts and sweaters, to plastic bags and shower curtains.

Soon to graduate, this is Bach’s last year in East Lansing. However, she anticipates the exhibit to come back.

“It seems like the program will probably be back next year. With the increasing awareness of environmental issues, this kind of thing is really popular,” Bach said.

Prizes were awarded to the top three artists and honorable mentions were also given. In first place, Russell Bauer was awarded a $300 prize for “Fodder,” a 12-foot peacock made from trash and wheat grass.

Katie Woods models a red and black recycled wool sweater dress.

Originally constructed for the Grand Rapids Art Prize festival, the arts council requested that Bauer’s bird be submitted to the spring exhibit.

“I use recycled goods a lot,” said Bauer. “They’re more affordable and I like free materials.”

Despite the bird’s great detail and size, Bauer said he and his partner, Janel Shultz – an honorable mention winner – were able to put it together in about three days.

“They were long days, but once we had our materials, we were able to get it done in a few days,” Bauer said.

To see Bauer’s piece as well as other participants’, visit the main lobby in Lansing City Hall. The exhibit continues through April 15 and is open to the public Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Vogue Project

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The Vogue Project

Imagine sitting down in the cafeteria and instead of reading the news or looking at those triangle things on the table, a new, free, fashion magazine is staring back. Lauren and Julie Christopherson and Kerry Chereskin all came together in hopes of launching a new fashion magazine for MSU. The Vogue Project was their idea to bring a new spin on fashion, interior design and entertainment.

Fashion photography will be featured in the new magazine (photo credit: Abby Herber. Ethical note: this photo has been artistically altered.)

“I thought creating a fashion magazine here would be a great addition to MSU’s campus and would unite many students in different majors around a common interest,” Chereskin said. Chereskin and Christopherson are both advertising majors, but anyone who is interested in fashion can become a part of the magazine. “MSU students from a variety of majors are bringing many talents to the project and filling all the necessary positions,” Christopherson said.

Chereskin and Christopherson are learning that starting up a magazine is a lot of work. Organization is key. “To do this right and put out a magazine that is well-done, we have to be committed and put all of our efforts into it,” Chereskin said. They plan on teaming up with local stores and businesses to advertise, where a majority of the funding will come from until the magazine can be recognized as a student group. “We have definitely put in a lot of time in the beginning stages of this magazine!” Christopherson said. “We are still figuring logistics such as printing costs, advertising, etc. With the help of the staff, we can get this off to a good start and running smoothly!”

Chereskin, the editor-in-chief, said her inspiration for starting The Vogue Project came from her experience with a local campus fashion publication in Miami, Up Magazine. Her writing experience at Up, while the magazine was getting started, gave her great insight into how a magazine runs. With Up in her back pocket and knowledge she gained from attending Teen Vogue seminars, she is fully equipped to handle the start-up of the magazine.

Chereskin has high hopes that The Vogue Project will eventually be seen as an elite fashion magazine on campus. “I hope that the magazine will become a topic of conversation in the fashion community at Michigan State University, offering quality writing and photography that will highlight the latest trends in fashion,” she said. The Vogue Project wants to become a print magazine that is offered free to the students. “The overall goal of The Vogue Project is to inspire students to portray their individual styles in the way they think, act and live,” Christopherson said.

There is a small problem with the name, however. “Vogue” already has a strong affiliation with the current fashion magazine, and the new publication’s founders do not want to compete with that.  The Vogue Project got its name because Vogue meant “in style.” So, while the group will be called The Vogue Project the magazine is still trying to find a name, Christopherson explains. Currently their Facebook group is having a contest for the name and the winner receives a $25 gift card to Urban Outfitters.

Interdisciplinary studies in health senior, Cara Ruggeri is thrilled to have a fashion forward magazine coming to campus. “I’ve always had an interest in anything fashionable,” Ruggeri said. Advertising sophomore, Emily Misko, is also excited for the launch of the magazine. “[It’s] something that I would be very interested in. If I saw it on the racks in halls I would definitely pick it up,” Misko said. She is also excited about the fact that the magazine would be free; “Students are broke enough as it is, they probably wouldn’t pay to take their chances on a new magazine that they may or may not like,” Misko said.

Clothes and style will be a featured in the new magazine (photo credit: Emily Lawler).

The main part of the magazine is from a fashion view point, but it will also feature a section that showcases interior design and ideas for decorating dorm rooms and houses on campus. Ruggeri always enjoys looking at interior design layouts. “It inspires me to make my own house look nice,” Ruggeri said. Misko agreed, “I’m always looking for fun ways to make my apartment look decorated, especially since the Christmas lights just aren’t cutting it.”

Chereskin believes that MSU students would be interested in a fashion-oriented magazine, which she hopes can influence and inspire more students to dress creatively. Business general management sophomore Brody Coplai is excited about the different fashion perspectives he hopes the magazine will bring to the MSU community.  “I see a lot of different fashion types at MSU. Indie [the Urban Outfitters look] seems to always be in as of late, as well as the UGG, North Face and black leggings look for the females. I would be very interested if this magazine showed more creative fashions because people are always interested in finding out the newest trends,” Coplai said.

Misko thinks that most students like to look good and fashion forward while putting as little effort into it as possible. “I think more ideas on how to easily and cheaply, look put together would be beneficial for college students,” she said.
The feedback of a fashion oriented magazine on campus has gotten a lot of positive response from students. There are plenty of fashionable people at MSU who may take interest in this new magazine. As long as the magazine makes itself known, students are bound to show interest. “I have plenty of friends, especially in my sorority, who are always looking through various fashion magazines and I think The Vogue Project will be among those soon enough,” Ruggeri said.

The Vogue Project has already tapped into technology with a Facebook group sporting more than 200 members, and they also update their Twitter account daily. The magazine also wants to offer an online issue letting people blog their thoughts. ‘It’d be nice to hear what students have to say about [the fashions], hopefully encouraging more students to share their opinion as well,” Misko said.

The publication just had its first meeting and organized a staff of over 50 people. Two among those staff include linguistics senior Jack Tarantino and packaging sophomore Alyssa Wisenbaugh. Jack is applying for the photo editor position, choosing which photos go into the magazine. “The magazine will be launched online and in print. Online media is the best way to do things nowadays but printed magazines are so much more fun. There will also be more interactive content online to keep people engaged,” he said.

Wisenbaugh hopes to take the position of women’s fashion director. “I have always loved anything to do with fashion and art, and have spent countless dollars on many magazines…The Vogue Project have set certain standards to follow in the footsteps of the elite high fashion publications,” Wisenbaugh said. Look for the first issue scheduled to come out in Fall 2010.

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