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Bouis Vuitton: Bags for the Revolution

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Fashion is an inherently political and reflective medium for the daily ramblings and revolutions of a society. Much of the time the influence is subtle. Silhouettes and fabrics reflect different stances on conservatism, on sex, on the degrees to which

Fashion is an inherently political and reflective medium for the daily ramblings and revolutions of a society. Much of the time the influence is subtle. Silhouettes and fabrics reflect different stances on conservatism, on sex, on the degrees to which we fetishize luxury, and on infinite other attitudes of an era. Other times the influence is extremely direct, with text printed on the clothing that explicitly articulates a current societal dynamic. I began exploring fashion in 2016, as the country had reached an unprecedented and linguistically weaponized divide.

While taking a fashion technology course under the instruction of Galina Mihaleva, I developed a tracksuit incorporating concealed LED displays that are capable of scrolling customizable text on the sides of the garment. I expanded on this futuristic execution of politically charged clothes by utilizing a more realistic application of the LED technology in the Bouis Vuitton project. This project is a collection of six white vinyl bags with semi-flexible LED displays projecting revolutionary slogans through the vinyl textile.

The bags act as an appropriate housing for technology that is intended for significantly longer use, as bags have a longer lifespan in wardrobes than clothes and return to trend more frequently. The production investment in the technology is more equitable to the investment in the production of a bag and facilitates the wearer’s broadcasting of concise messages. The result is a collection of functional, utilitarian pieces with a clean, futuristic look and a mixed modern and vintage silhouette scrolling pro-revolutionary messages.

Broadcasting the knock-off name ‘BOUIS VUITTON’, I’ve inserted only my first initial into the reputable luxury company and paired it with slogans: ‘EAT THE RICH’ and ‘HEADS WILL ROLL’. The collection articulates a sense of nihilism felt by the youngest generations growing up on the outside of a very exclusive economic and political sphere. Three upcycled vintage luggage pieces evoke associations with the white American upper-class society of the 1960s. The luggage pieces were retrofitted in white vinyl and white-enameled metal fixtures. Three additional soft bags made of the same material reflect a utilitarian style of functional bags on trend with Spring/Summer 2019 streetwear. For the runway presentation of the bags, the models are dressed in navy-colored Dickies boiler suits, white retro-style Fila sneakers, and white ascots reminiscent of the historical male ruffled cravat. The contradictions of iconic silhouettes from both upper and lower-class American fashion history further the juxtaposition of anti-capitalist slogans posted on luxury goods.

Bouis Vuitton: Bags for the Revolution is intended to embody an unapologetic disregard for established wealth and political power in the most public of venues: the sidewalk, the mall, the high and the low-income neighborhoods – wherever people are wearing clothes. Fashion is the modern protest that requires no permit, and the new poster is a luxury bag.

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Undergraduate Project Showings - 2012 (October)

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The ASU School of Dance presents Undergraduate Projects Showing, October 25-26, with works by undergraduate dance students, performed at Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio.

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2012

School of Dance LIVE!

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The ASU School of Dance presents School of Dance LIVE!, September 7-9, with works by dance faculty, performed at Galvin Playhouse.

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2012

Emerging Artists I - 2006

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The ASU School of Dance presents Emerging Artists I, February 9-12, with works by guest artists, dance faculty, and students, performed at Dance Studio Theatre, PEBE 132.

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2006

Rhythms of Life

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The ASU School of Dance presents Rhythms of Life, November 3-5, with works by guest artists performed at Dance Studio Theatre, PEBE 132.

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2006

Celebrating the Nagrin Legend

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The ASU School of Dance presents Celebrating the Nagrin Legend, September 16-18, with works by dance faculty and visiting artists, performed at the Galvin Playhouse Theatre.

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2005

New Danceworks II - 2006

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The ASU School of Dance presents New Danceworks II, January 26-29, with works by dance faculty, graduate students, and visiting artists, performed at the Dance Studio Theatre, PEBE 132.

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2006

Sharing Unimaginable Worlds: Spring Concert 2006

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The ASU School of Dance presents Sharing Unimaginable Worlds: Spring Concert 2006, April 27-30, with works by dance faculty, alumni, graduate, undergraduate, and visiting artists, performed at Galvin Playhouse.

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2006

Poetry Both Fierce and Fragile: Spring Concert

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The ASU School of Dance presents Poetry Both Fierce and Fragile: Spring Concert, April 19-22, with works by guest artists, dance faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, performed at Galvin Playhouse.

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2007

Emerging Artists I - 2007

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The ASU School of Dance presents Emerging Artists I, February 15-18, with works by guest artists, dance faculty, and undergrad students, performed at Dance Studio Theatre, PEBE 132.

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2007