Art history

1st Part: Introduction
Topic: In my exhibition and paper, I would like to showcase the power of fashion and the
progressions it has induced on developing societies, connecting cultures together, and building
identities within individuals.
Thesis: To focus on the cultural and spiritual beliefs that are inherently represented in the fashion
ideals of the time and the use of fashion as a means of distinguishing between social classes.
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  • How fashion progresses developing societies by creating by allowing individuals to
    express, create and instill beliefs to the world.
  • The demonstration of cultural unity in fashion
    ○ Specific garments/accessories connects individuals to their culture
    ○ The relationships that bond the clothing people wear to their identity, and how
    have social views and standards changed the way people dress over time
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  • Exploration of the religious, social, and political norms in:
    ○ Ancient Egypt, the Near East, Tlingit tribes, Italy, Japan, the Bwa Tribe in Africa,
    the Kwele people and Nigeria
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  • The bringing together of cultures with religious objects in: sacrifice rituals, tribal practices,
    cultural practices, sacral symbolism, rites of passage
  • Eg: Marriage rituals in the Japanese kimono (Kosode Robe)
  • The relationships that bond the clothing people wear to their identity,
    2nd Part: Objects for exhibition
  • Will focus specifically on the specific garments/masks/accessories chosen and explore the
    religious, social, and political norms
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  • Pectoral and Necklace of Sithathoryunet with the Name of Senwosret II
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Funerary Mask of Tutankhamun
  • Ancient Egypt
    ● Ancient Egyptian burial rituals and how the objects buried with the deceased create
    hierarchy in the next life
    ● The ancient Egyptians had an elaborate set of funerary practices that they believed were
    necessary to ensure their immortality after death.
    ● The connections of the Necklace of Sithathoryunet and Funerary Mask of Tutankhamun
    to identity
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  • Ceremonial Robe (Chilkat Blanket)
    ○ Tlingit tribes
    ● Northwest Coast dancing ceremonies and the power of the ceremonial robe
    ● How did the Tlingit tribes use the Ceremonial Robes as a form of identity in their tribe
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  • Massaccio, The Tribute Money (clothing in the painting)
    ○ Italy
    ● The dresses that women wore during the 14th century
    ● The suits that men wore during the 14th century
    ● Levels of social hierarchy with the Italian fashion
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  • Kosode Robe, with design of bamboo fence and citrus tree
    ○ Japan
    ● Evolution of the Kosode Robe and traditional Japanese kimonos
    ● The practices of the Japanese Kimono and relations it has to marriage rituals
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  • Mask for Performance, Burkina Faso, Bwa
    ○ The Bwa Tribe in Africa
  • Beete Mask: Ram (Bata)
    ○ The Kwele people
    ● Similarities and differences between the two tribes rituals and the masks’ significance to
    cultural identity
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  • Queen Mother Pendant Mask: Iyoba
    ○ Nigeria
    ● The forms of a traditional African mask
    ○ African masks provide a physical form for invisible spirits which are personified
    as human beings, animals, or composites of both.
    ○ Eg: Spirits, deities, ancestors, and nature spirits
  • Tie in ideas from thesis, exhibition objects, and exhibition goal

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