DUST

 

 

Vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. The word vintage originates from its use wine terminology, and when used to describe garments, it conveys as a more elegant-seeming euphemism for “old” clothes. Clothing from the 1920s to 1980 is considered vintage. Retro, short for retrospective usually refers to clothing that imitates the style of a previous era.

Vintage clothing can sometimes be obtained from older friends and relatives. Some people store pieces of fashion for long periods of time and this way clothes are passed on from one generation to the other.

There has also been an increasing interest in environmental sustainability in terms of reusing, recycling and repairing rather than throwing things away. A resurgence of historically based sub-cultural groups like rockabilly and swing dancing has also played a part in making vintage clothing fashionable these last two decades.

 

The installation presented is the outcome of two sources. The first relates by to my childhood , I have always been inspired by both my grandmother’s style. The second relies on a street fashion survey I have conducted in the month of January 2010.  Combining both interests made me wander through the streets of Beirut City trying in vain to capture a glimpse of some of Beirut’s best dressed “Teta’s”. Due to the lack of public transport and public space in our city, the elderly woman of B.C perhaps remain at home; keeping their retro style unseen. As for the youth, I have noticed that street fashion does not yet exist in Lebanon, since I have only encountered a few people worthy of being photographed through my walk around the city.

DUST is 80 years of age. It exploits various techniques from a street fashion survey and walks around the city to collage, projection, interior shop setting and window display. Each clothing piece is unique since it comes from a different era. It has been preserved and was worn by 3 users of different generations.  So this is truly a fashion retrospective covering the 1930’s, 1950’s,1960’s,1970’s and 1980’s!

Shopping and wearing vintage is like being your own designer because you can choose and combine your ensemble from a variety of eras including contemporary. In the 21st century knowing how to create a unique look in an otherwise bland mass-produced market may be a way to regain one’s individuality through re-valuing and reuse, and redefine fashion in the process.

Special thanks: Leyla, Linda, Tonnie, Nayla, Kristina, Nada, Belkis, my grandmothers and grandfathers

All photos by Sarah Lily

For Honey, always

 

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DUST- the making of

The Making of Dust

Photographer: Sarah Lily

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DUST an Installation on vintage street fashion

Dear friends and collegues,
You are cordially invited to the opening of DUST, an art installation that explores vintage clothing in Beirut City,Friday January 22nd 2010 at 6pm.
As part of my final project for the Drawing course at AUB, it will include diverse techniques of projection, collage and memorabilia.
Do not miss out on the exquisite display of unique retro pieces.
If you cannot make it, you can get in contact with me for a private viewing.
Visit the event page on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=514965145#/event.php?eid=257320367334&ref=mf
Check out the attached invitation card.
Looking forward to seeing you,
Aya Elsa
+961 3 505712

 

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In class still life- Hands’ off my fur!

This is one of my favorite assignments so far. I loved that there was only one single oriented light and music, it made the work much more interesting. I struggled with which angle to choose.

At the end, I chose this one. I love this picture. unfortunately I do not have a picture of my work because all the data on my phone was lost. You can check it in the Library were it is now exhibited along with some other drawings.

Enjoy

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Urban Landscape- London Life 1

Inspired by pictures of my first visit to London City in 2007.

My favorite city so far! Plan to live there for a couple of years

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Multifaceted Cube, Or NO CUBE!

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Ghetto

Based on Maya Zankhoul’s lecture on drawing inspired from every day life in Lebanon.

I’ve decided to draw Ghetto after a visit to the Beirut Art Center (BAC). The area has been booming with local artists’ graffiti these couple of years.

It is really impressing because graffiti 

 on old factory walls. The ares is very nice and pleasant, especially if you visit it on a warm sunny day!

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