Uniforms research text - Resistance process
Withing the theme of 'resistance' I chose to deep dive into uniforms.
Uniforms, in theory, are in place to create unity and recognisability. The term “uniforms” covers a lot of forms from school to the office, from military to MacDonald’s, from the Ku Klux Klan to the police. Uniforms are so restricted that I was interested to find a way to resist them.
While researching I found an interesting article “A Brief Cultural History of Uniforms - What does it mean to all dress alike?” In the article Emma McClendon, assistant curator of costume at the Museum at FIT and the recent curator of the exhibition Uniformity, says “We consider uniforms as stifling of creativity and individuality. […] When you’re in a democracy that fosters individual voice, uniforms go against that. In our culture, they’re shown as a symbol of control, and not creativity or expression. […] The reaction against a uniform is a very normal story for us as a formative moment in adolescence — where you find yourself by your distaste for the uniform.”
Some more quotes from the text:
"This belief is silly when you consider that youngins already wear a kind of uniform, but for the purpose of standing out.
“A punk girl doesn’t want to look like a sorority girl, but she looks similar to another punk girl. So there are these contradictory ideas of belonging and individuality.” In a sense, punk is a uniform, too."
“When you wear a personal uniform, peppered with small, affordable changes or twists — a new scarf or necklace or piping — those tiny gestures glimmer. Subtlety catches the eye against the white noise of fast fashion. When you think about it, maybe the best way to stand out... is a uniform.”
“Resistance has always been happening by altering uniforms because uniforms are really about control, controlling the body.”
With this information the idea of 'the resistance doll' was born.