Culture, Fashion, Creativity

Written by Alana Jolley

April 28, 2014

Culture, Fashion, Creativity

Culture, Fashion, Creativity is visited in an article by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd of The Cut.  She wrote a fashion piece last Friday, making us aware that “. . . in 2014, we are nearing a festival-fashion tipping point: a moment when over-saturation promises to eclipse any creativity.”  She was talking about festivals, primarily, but such over-saturation in fashion is nothing new.

This “tipping point” apparently has been reached many times in the culture of fashion.  Take a look at a tipping point 80 years ago as Josephine Baker (1906-1975) models a lacquered wig.   Certainly these lacquered wigs seem to be an “oversaturation” of creativity.


Josephine Baker,
Entertainer in 1920’s and 1930’s

Baker was a dancer, singer, and civil rights activist.  She moved to Paris and there became one of Europe’s most popular and well-paid performers in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  She fought against discrimination in the entertainment industry, returning to the U. S. as an activist in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  She was the first entertainer to have a “discrimination disclaimer” embedded into her contract.

Her wig-wearing fashion may have tipped the limits of creativity, but her life was truly creative as she fought for change and racial equality long before it was a cultural norm to do so.  Follow the link below to learn about this amazing lady who rose from poverty, on her own initiative, and worked to make the world a better place.

You may need to copy (Control C) and paste (Control V) the link into your browser.  After viewing the link, return here to Explore More! Cultural creativity sets humans apart from every other organism.

Click on What is Culture?, which has four free lessons, to learn more about cultural changes over time.


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