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Freedom and Fashion and everything in between

It’s been about three weeks since my last real post. Busy body. It’s been about four days since I got to see all my hours of hard work come in fruition in the form of the Freedom and Fashion show. Post busy body. However, I’ve got to say that the fashion show against human and sex trafficking and the exploitation of women, as well as other important social justice causes–the fashion show was a huge success. I think we got the message across to people in a clear, yet creative way.

One of my friends wondered why we use fashion as the medium because the fashion industry tends to exploit women. Women are told to dress a certain way, to be a certain image, to be a certain size–isn’t it ironic? Well, dear friend, isn’t that the point? We want to reclaim the fashion industry, to bring into light the injustices it has done to women, and more importantly, to change the way we perceive fashion. Think of it–fashion CAN be fair-trade, and it CAN go to a good cause, and it CAN still be fashionable. Social justice is in, and apathy is out. When we forget that–perhaps that’s when we forget our identities as compassionate human beings.

UCLA’s Ackerman Grand Ballroom was packed. Every seat was filled, and after walking the VIPs and donors to their seats, I had to stand back a bit, look at the catwalk, and stood amazed that the day had finally come. Once everyone got to their seats, the hosts introduced rapper Jason Medeiros, where he performed two songs. One of the songs, “Constance,” is based on the true story of a Filipina girl who was sold into the sex trade industry. Then, the fashion show started. As soon as the song started playing, my heart skipped a bit. This is it! This is it! I remember thinking to myself. To make a long story short, I’ll let the pictures and video speak for itself. The pictures were taken by my friend, Kenny Gulley, during dress rehearsal (although it’s not everything featured on the actual fashion show) while the footage of the fashion show was taken by Freedom and Fashion crew and is streamed on Livestream.

If you are interested about social justice issues, check out Freedom and Fashion.

Check out some of the clothes featured on the fashion show (or at least on the photos below), by such clothing lines as Definicion Clothing, LiNk (Liberty in North Korea), Lalesso, Tagbag.

Lalesso Clothing

Lalesso Clothing

Lalesso Clothing

Lalesso Clothing

LiNK Clothing

LiNk Clothing

Freedom and Fashion Line

Definicion Clothing

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Clothe One Movement – Helping to Stop Child Prostitution

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about fashion and causes. My friend told me about a great clothing company. I’ll let him tell you:

Hello everyone,

I want to tell you about this clothing company called Aklesia. Right now they are doing this promotion called “Clothe One Movement”, and if you buy a “clothe one” shirt, they will donate a school uniform to The Sold Project <http://www.thesoldproject.com> which is an awesome organization that helps stop child prostitution by keeping children in Thailand in school. Their model and strategy for stopping child prostitution is amazing and effective. If you want to find out more, go to Aklesia’s blog website at http://www.elevatetoinspire.com/ and read the article on the Sold Project.

Whether you buy a shirt or not is your own prerogative, although I do recommend that you either buy one for yourself or gift one to help the cause (especially with the Holiday’s around the corner). But at the very least, get the word out to all your friends.

Here’s how you can help:

#1. Check out the post at http://www.elevatetoinspire.com/, then click on the Clothe One site and VOTE ON A DESIGN. It should take a minute and there are only 2 DAYS LEFT for voting.

#2. Post up the site URL on your Facebook Status and/or Twitter.

#3. Join the Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=29982477254&ref=ts and follow Aklesia on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Aklesia_Inc*

The voting is ABSOLUTELY important because it helps Aklesia pick the BEST design to use for their clothe one promotion. That means that as many children as possible in Thailand can get the school uniforms that they need to stay in school.

This is a very tangible way you can help stop child prostitution.

Thank you in advance,

Myles Hamby

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When Bad Fashion Happens to Good People

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Photo Credit: New York Daily News

Everyone knows Lady Gaga. And if you don’t, you either lived under a rock or you just need something to refresh your memory. She’s the songstress who burned all the dance floors around the world with her hit “Just Dance.” Many describe her as a cross between Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera. And like the two pop legends, Gaga is known for her sense of style. But lately, that style has been kind of off.  A couple days ago in an interview with German TV, Lady Gaga showed up with a coat made entirely of Kermit the Frog. PETA may be planning their next red paint attack on her for daring to wear an animal, especially one as believed as Kermit. I say that sarcastically, of course. But from far away, it looked as if she killed a lot of frogs to make such an outfit. Actually, the whole disaster of an outfit was created by designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac. But, it’s a look nonetheless. I think she’s just trying to get attention. Now whether this outfit will be a trend in Europe is left to be seen.

Do you think this outfit works for her?

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Phallic Symbol? Ties Need To Die…Sort Of

Growing up, I hated wearing my Sunday clothes to church, which consisted of dressy pants, a dressy shirt, and the dreaded tie. Oh the God-awful tie. Wearing the tie around my neck brought me great anxiety. I could feel it choking me, and as a seven-year-old, wearing such an attire was counter-productive.  It restricted movement and especially my playing time with other kids. It felt as if you were imprisioned in your own body.

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As a twenty-three-year-old, I still hate wearing such clothes, but I’m less dramatic about it. I

understand the arguments of wearing your Sunday best. Most conservatives argue that if you look your best for a wedding, a party, a business meeting, job interviews, and a court hearing, then shouldn’t you also look your best for God? Okay, I’ll take that. But I’m thankful that God doesn’t judge me by the way I look, God examines the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). God could careless how we look, He sees our hearts. So perhaps looking our best is really a cultural thing, it’s a performance that we do to maintain the status quo, to not insult those whose culture follows such traditions.

But it got me thinking about the dreaded tie. I pray to God that I won’t have to wear a tie to work each day.Why do we even wear them? Who thought about this crazy contraption that allows us to willingly place a noose around our necks?  I’ve always thought that they were worn to cover the buttons. However, when I eat a fancy dinner, I have to toss my tie over my shoulder or remove it entirely–so the tie just isn’t that practical, is it?

As a psychology and sociology major, I tend to see things differently. Perhaps the tie is a phallic symbol since the pointy end of the tie directs our eyes downward towards the genital area. I mean it makes sense in Western culture. Guys boast about such things all the time. We have huge egos. In other cultures, other things are done to display masculinity and power. Perhaps the tie is simply a Western thing.

I’m no historian, but legend has it that ties actually came from a military regiment from Croatia around the mid 1600s. After defeating the Ottoman Empire in The Thirty-Year’s War, the Croatians visited King Louis XIV in Paris. They happened to be wearing handkerchiefs made of silk around their necks as neck cloths, which were originally worn to warm up the vocal chords of those who did public speaking. The king took a fancy at their fashion, and immediately had everyone in the palace wear these neck cloths instead of the lace ruffs they usually wear. Some believe this may be where the word “cravat” (“soft necktie”) comes from because the French word for Croatian is “Croate.” And the rest, I guess is history…or legend.

And fast forward four centuries and we’re back with the tie as we know it today. As a twenty-three-year-old, I appreciate the tie, even if I hate it. I appreaciate how it can be a fashion statement and help me display my personality or sense of individuality.

There are all kinds of ties, some colorful, some boring. Some ties have words, some have pictures. But there’s a tie out there that suits you and your mood and what ever message you are trying to send, like ex-president Bill Clinton.

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Today, I wore a Burberry tie to complete my Harry Potter outfit. Apparently, Burberry is a brand that is looked down upon by the British. But here in America, it’s still pretty popular. Wearing the tie with a nice white dress shirt and some grey shorts made me looked more like a Catholic school boy though. I need to find a real Hogworts tie. Maybe I’ll go for a Gryffindor one.Yes, ties are remarkable.

Photo Credit in Order: TracyEdwardWeymer, CostumeCraze

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