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Volume 6
Issue 1
Spring 2014

Was My Family Fashionable?

Letter from the Editors
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One Family, Two Countries, Five Weddings
Courtney Cohen

Keywords: Egypt / formalwear / Italy / weddings / Western European fashion

Abstract

The Cohen and Benno families have moved to various continents over the decades. Originally from Egypt, the families were forced to relocate to Europe and then to the United States. This paper will discuss the history of the Cohen and Benno families by highlighting why they have moved all over the world as well as why each wedding was not like another. Social class and religious differences played a large part in the family histories and has influenced how they are today. This paper will also follow the fashion trends of the various decades to help further support that the Cohen and Benno families have remained classy, elegant, and stylish through the test of time.

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All in the Family
Jessica Mattern

Keywords: 1920s fashion / 1960s fashion / family / generation / popular culture / tradition / Valley Girl / womenswear

Abstract

This essay will explore how differences and similarities in fashion style are present in families, as well as the importance of tradition, popular culture, and aspirational thinking. By analyzing these aspects in the Steigerwald family and comparing this information to magazines, films, and style icons of various decades, this paper will gather evidence of the familial influence on fashion.

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The MTV Generation: 1980s Fashion
Nicole Chichilitti

Keywords: 1980s fashion / American Style / Madonna / MTV / music videos / Olivia Newton John

Abstract

This is the story about Monica LaSalle’s style journey through the 1980s. The fashion and trends of the decades made a significant mark on American popular culture as well as the fashion industry as a whole. Using interviews with Monica, as well as popular culture media such as music video and television shows, this essay will analyze whether or not Monica was on trend at the right time. In particular, I will focus heavily on the introduction of the Music Television channel (MTV) and the effect that its music videos by featured artists, Madonna and Olivia Newton, had on Monica’s sense of style.

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Sharon Schultz and the Influence of Clothing and Culture in the 1970s
Kelly Duignan

Keywords: casualwear / clothing / jeans / television / womenswear

Abstract

For most of her life, Sharon Schultz was a stay-at-home mom or could be found working in family-owned restaurants. She had a more casual wardrobe that reflected the needs of having children and a family. This paper will explore where Sharon’s style influences came from in the 1970s. Although she was not thinking too much about her fashion at that time, her style reflects popular television shows and trends.

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Where It’s From, What It Cost, and What She Liked About It
Margaret Heil

Keywords: American style / Calvin Klein / Farrah Fawcett / Lady Diana

Abstract

Princess Diana and Farrah Fawcett were two of many stars who inspired women all over America to change their style in the 1980s. Celebrities and popular culture influence how many people dress and present themselves in daily life. In this paper, I will examine how Anne Marie Schultheis, during her college years, defined her own personal style while still being a “follower of fashion.”

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