Bringing Ugly Back

The runway serves as a designer’s space for dramatic expression, often dodging the true-to-life stories of garments. Ergo, the "story" we saw — and reported earlier this month — from the latest spring/summer collections is that the fashion industry has taken a deliberately ugly turn. Dowdy, monstrous silhouettes, discordant combinations of fabrics and colors paired with unsightly hair and makeup are dominant, and show-goers often hide behind oversized glasses in a mock-display of concealment. The odd shapes? The grossly oversized everything? In the wake of our observation, we found this New York Times article today that digs into the history and psychology of "ugliness" — and most importantly, our growing fascination with it. View the New York Times article at nytimes.com.

Cami Drummond




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