This past week we created our own paper dolls. Inspired by a website promoting fashion through paper doll models, we took their example and created our own.
Here are some of the questions we discussed and answered:
“Why do you wear what you wear? Do you like to? Do you wish you could wear something different? If you could wear anything, what would you wear?”
The following question got some very unexpected answers:
“What is your favorite thing to wear?” Answers ranged from “all clothes” to “dresses” to “Polo brand” and even to wearing a “phone”, by clipping your cellphone onto your pants. Why not include technology, if after all, you wear it?
Trayvon modeled his paper fashion based off the outfit he was already wearing. He included his favorite colors and explained that he loves all of the clothes in his drawers and closet and wears the first thing he pulls out. He has a lot of options, because he gets clothing from his siblings. He modeled the hair after popular tv-show Dragon Ball Z. Although, he doesn’t have this hairstyle in real life, he got to “try it on” with his paper creation and show what he might like to have instead, even if that hairstyle is somewhat impossible.
Mariah posed with the outfit she created for her paper doll. She chose to create a “fashionable T, with a long skirt and hat”. Mariah happened to be sporting her purple finger accessory for the photo, which matches her purple shirt. The purple finger represents Mariah’s sillier side. She chose to design her drawing based on fashion she likes and would wear.
Binti and Hamiso decided for their picture, they would show us the “Binti and Hamiso: Original Dress Ware” as they titled it. They both like to wear skirts and dresses. Binti explained, “we wear this, because of our religion”. They posed with Malachi’s paper doll in the right corner. His doll sported a t-shirt and pants, just like him.
Binti expressed in her drawing things that her clothes do not normally express. It brings the phrase, “wearing your heart on your sleeve” to a whole new level. She said she would never wear this in real life, but her doll doesn’t have to follow the same rules as she. Just like Trayvon, her doll wore things that she could not.
Similarly, Hamiso designed an outfit that she would never wear either. Her paper doll sported her ideas about fashion in manifestations that she does not wear. Just like Binti and Trayvon, she decided to design an idea from her imagination, rather than represent her true clothing style and choices.
What is your favorite thing to wear? Why do you wear it? If you could wear anything, what would it be? Show us what you wear, and what it means to you!