My research plan for my upcoming Urban Milwaukee article is as follows:
Continue researching articles about fashion, and learn my likes/ dislikes when it comes to descriptions of style. I think fashion can be very floofy, but I want to take an artists approach and explore it more as a form of identity. I'd like to begin talking to my classmates who choose to express their identity (heavily) through stylistic choices. I've began compiling questions for my interviews and this is what I've developed thus far:
1. Do you/ why do you gravitate towards certain colors.
2. Is there a message you're trying to tell
3. when did you begin using style as a way to express your identity
4. Does this identity reflect in your artwork
5. How does your artwork relate to your style
6. What is the general feedback from the public, and do you care
My goal is to show Milwaukee to be chill when they see someone dressed differently than what they consider "normal". Maybe if they read the article they will think, "hey, that person is probably creative and this is another way they're expressing their creative identity" as opposed to just thinking, "they're weird".
Personally, when reflecting on MIAD style, I feel a sense of acceptance. I wake up each day confident enough to try new things because the environment at MIAD is very encouraging of that- or at least my friends are. I love my art friends because they are, in general, much more kind and openminded than the average person. I don't feel judged by other creatives, I feel like they just "get it", and are supportive.
In one of my classes, which happens to be full of artistic fashion lovers, a group of friends showed so much excitement and praise when their friend arrived decked out in a LOOK. She was wearing a long silver wig, with a dope outfit and fly ass makeup to match. One of her friends exclaimed, "OKAY! GIVE ME LIFE THEN", you should see the inspiration to explore one's creative identity flow from one person to the next.
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