Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Trappings of power

Came across a news article about an art project called "Trappings." Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki interviewed over 530 women across the U.S., asking them: What do you wear that makes you feel powerful? The results are portrayed through exhibitions of photos and videos, a public archive, and a book, "Trappings: Stories of Women, Power and Clothing"(Rutgers University Press). There are also photos and interviews available on their website: http://www.twogirlsworking.com/index.html

It made me pause a moment and think about their question. For me, rich colors are part of it. Red and black. Clothing that fits "right." Not pastel or frilly. Striking earrings. A touch of makeup.
But there are many aspects of "powerful dressing." There’s the "professional" outfit when doing presentations for work. The "artistic" look I like when going to a play or art opening. The casual "going shopping" attire. And the sporty "doing outdoor activities" apparel.

I wonder how guys would answer that question. What type of clothing—or other items—make them feel powerful?

--Speaking of power, the Geminid Meteor shower will reach its peak in just a few nights, December 13-14. The best viewing of this glorious shower is around 2 a.m., according to the experts.

--And of powerless: In a very close race, President George Bush lost the competition for the "Foot in Mouth" award, given out each year by the Plain English campaign. He was edged out by former England soccer manager Steve McClaren.


He is inexperienced but he's experienced in terms of what he's been through.
– Steve McClaren, speaking about soccer player Wayne Rooney

As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured.
--George W. Bush, on the No Child Left Behind Act

I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it.
--George W. Bush

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
-Lao Tzu

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

feel most powerful when I'm wearing my face, not a face I'm supposed to wear to earn a living that is often anything but, or this or that clothing, just this face that wears histories only one woman knows how to translate--you