This morning when I was half asleep I was thinking about the shape of women in society and how rebellion against some ideal notion upsets people. It upsets a lot of people when their mother engages in a sexual relationship, women body builders are met with disgust and women in the professional sector are both undermined but also feared. I wanted to make a moodboard that celebrated the feminist movement with a vintage touch which was inspired by 20th century mugshots from America, candid images of musicians but also subtle suggestions of narcissism.
As women we're kind of told to be "humble" but this often goes misinterpreted and we seriously under sell ourselves- my favorite anecdote on this subject comes from Tavi Gevinson who observed this phenomenon when watching a television sketch of women who fight off compliments. They say things like "Oh this outfit? I got it from a dumpster!" and then they all get killed off. The moral of the story is, no one likes false modesty and embracing your badass bitch side is a good thing (this has been a public service announcement).
1a- Toni Young, of the 1980s Washington, D.C. punk band “Red C”, b- Hole album art via. 2. 3a- unknown, b- Photo by Ed Van Der Elsken,1955 , c- 60s women mugshots via. 4- Roller skating on Campus, 1950s. 5a, b- Kate Moss by Bruce Weber for Vogue Italia October 1996. 6. 7a, b- 60s women mugshots via, c. 8- MARY ELIZABETH & MAXINE ANASTASIA- Lucia O’Connor-McCarthy Photography. 9a, b- Françoise Hardy listens to Françoise Hardy. 10. 11a, b. 12. 13a- 60s women mugshots via, b- High School Hellcats (1958), c. 14- Cynthia, Maureen and Pattie enjoying Cokes and tea
at the Edelweiss Hotel while waiting for their men to finish filming a
scene outside the hotel, March 1965 .