Sssssso, my dream for years now has been to be a part of a fanbook but I always seem to miss sign-up dates, or get to know about their existence when everyone’s already posting their previews lol
Lately I’ve been thinking “Well, this is obviously a case of Do-It-Yourself-If-You-Want-It-So-Much”, and I ended up waking up today with this YoI x Fashion book idea!
I have a vague idea of what I’d like this to be: mainly a collection of different artist’s illustrations focusing on different kind of fashions, involving our dear Yuri on Ice characters! Open to a certain amount of artists who want to take part of this!
BUT.I’d seriously need someone else’s help, prefereably someone who knows about or has experience with printing a zine or book; and perhaps someone who could deal with the printing+shipping (because it’s the only thing that’s inhibiting me of starting a project like this. I’ll explain in more detail if you’re interested in helping!)
Also, if you’re an artist who already took part on some book or zine in the past, I’d love to hear your experience, how were you remunerated (Were you paid? Were you sent a copy?), what do you think organizers could have done better, etc! (no need to mention names, I just wanna make sure this would be the smoothest experience possible for everyone ♥)
Please, I’d love to hear your opinions on this matter! Are you interested on participating? Would you buy it? Would you be willing to help? Any kind of input in welcome to try and make this project a reality! ^q^
Some of the concepts and the lexicon introduced by the women’s movement remain modish, however: We are still encouraged by fashion and media and Hollywood and each other to be “strong women.” “Liberation” and “empowerment” are still buzzwords, but they once referred to bucking the system, going on strike against submission, adopting a brazen, braless, unshaven, untrammeled approach to life. These terms have since been drained of meaning. Instead of hairy legs, we have waxed vaginas; the free-flying natural woman boobs of yore have been hoisted with push-up bras or “enhanced” into taut plastic orbs that stand perpetually at attention. What has moved into feminism’s place as the most pervasive phenomenon in American womanhood is an almost opposite style, attitude, and set of principles.
Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, 2006
This is what Rosalie’s hair should have looked like when she was changed in 1933.
*runs for my life*
I am of two minds about Rosalie’s hair. On the one hand, I think it most likely that she tried to be trendy. Her parents, who were capitalizing on her beauty to lift themselves into a higher social sphere, encouraged her to be fashionable as well– and in the early 30s that meant your hair was bobbed.
On the other hand, we’re flat out told that it’s very long. I suppose there are two main questions, really:
First, did Mrs. Hale have Rosalie’s hair cut short when she was a child in the 20s? If she wanted Rosalie to be at the peak of fashion, then yes, she did. Rosalie was born in 1915, which makes it possible (or even likely!) that her hair was never allowed to grow long in the first place. However, I suppose Mrs. Hale could have loved Rosalie’s golden hair so much that she couldn’t bring herself to cut it. I don’t particularly like Rosalie’s parents, tbh. I think Rosalie’s fixation on her own beauty and the way she borders on measuring her own self-worth (and the worth of others) by appearance is directly related to the way her parents’ love for her seems to have been based on her beauty and what it could bring them. She has a whole lot of baggage that has nothing to do with being a vampire and lots to do with crappy parenting. Anyway, all that to say
I see her mother as the worst kind of beauty pageant mom, and I can easily envision her brushing Rosalie’s hair and talking about how beautiful it is and how it would be a crime to cut it short. Also, if they kept Rosalie dressed uber-fashionably then her long hair theoretically could make her stand out in a good way (as opposed to making her look like an unfashionable, countrified urchin.) So, I do think it’s possible that Mrs. Hale, in her vicarious vanity, kept Rosalie’s hair long and lustrous.
I don’t like the implications of such an extreme decision– because make no mistake, having hair long enough to hang curling halfway down her back (as Bella describes her in Twilight) would have been incredibly strange for a young woman in the early 30s, especially one of Rosalie’s social class living in the city– but it is, unfortunately, possible.
I have to wonder why it was so very long, though, because it’s not as if she could have worn it down in public. Once she was a teenager (15 at the absolute latest) she would have had to put it up every day and that’s A LOT of hair to have in a bun at the nape of your neck. Shoulder-length or even shoulder blade-length would have been doable, but halfway down her back? And even with gentle curls it would be a couple of inches longer than that when pulled straight! There’s no way she would have been able to easily imitate the hairstyles of the day or wear fashionable hats. We may think, “Oh, hats, big deal,” but they WERE a big deal back then, and an important part of a fashionable ensemble. That’s what I mean about not liking the implications– the only people who would be able to see Rosalie’s hair down is her family. Why was having it that long worth the trade off of being unfashionable? Did her parents make her keep it down at home so they could look at it? I doubt that Stephenie Meyer, who is happily ignorant about history, realized exactly what situation she was creating for Rosalie, but it creeps me out.
Which brings us to the second question: did Rosalie rebel when she became a teenager? When she was 14 or 15 or 16, did she stop at the hairdressers’ after school and have her hair cut short? Was she tired of dealing with that mass of hair and looking so different from her peers? Or was she too invested in her parents’ plans for her by then to even want to rebel?
I wish she had rebelled. I wish her hair was only shoulder-length, because then it would be possible she had it lopped off at ear-length when she was 14. It’s late and I’m tired, but she’s just making me sad.