Hiding and Revealing The Body


February 16, 2013

by Gracia Ventus

Inspiration

Jil Sander Spring Summer 2011

Result

Recently I found this billowy maxi dress from [Aqua][1] which I was immediately drawn to because it reminded me of Jil Sander’s SS09 collection. It’s the same dress which I wore in my beach holiday in my previous post. While I do realise that a long dress isn’t quite de rigueur of beachwear, I can hardly think of a more comfortable option for several reasons. Not only am I shielding my skin from potential risk of skin cancer, I can avoid putting my body up to the scrutiny of others while at the same time not having to squeeze into skin tight lycra that refuses to breathe, that is until I have to change into my bathing suit for a swim.

There is also something appealing and liberating with the idea of hiding one’s physical body, which is almost the anti-thesis of Western (and some Eastern) aesthetics that constantly emphasises the waist. It made me wonder why one’s attractiveness is so highly dependent on how much one’s figure is revealed. One would think that at this day and age where rational thinking is highly prized, we would enjoy a little bit of mystery that challenges our imagination rather than being shoved with obvious visual cues that denotes one’s suitability in procreation (ie. hourglass figures = fertile). It doesn’t help that most major fashion publications equate ‘flattering’ with the hourglass shape to pander to the male fantasies, disregarding the fact that a pear or apple or even trapezoid silhouettes can be as equally, if not more, fascinating. 

To end this post, I’d like to share an anecdote that inspired this commentary. When I posted one of the pictures above to a female fashion forum, one of the feedbacks I received was that I looked like a tent, to which I replied: “I like looking like a tent, thank you very much. Not everyone wants to look like an hourglass. Be careful when you see me walking down the street though, I can’t guarantee my kimono will not hit you in the face.”


(17 comments)






17 thoughts on “Hiding and Revealing The Body

  • inkarlcerating

    by inkarlcerating on February 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    i love this so much that my pulse was racing … ohh ignore those kardashian wannabees. there’s something more substantial in what you prefer to wear. i love love u.. you’re thought process , concept , everything!

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  • The Dutch Lady of Fashion

    by The Dutch Lady of Fashion on February 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    You just touched a nerve here indeed….

    Fashion should be diverse. Why this obsession for certain figures?(and who in the hell decides this is the right way to go?) most of the time I’m not comfortable to show up my skin (unless I’m on the beach!)and I love maxi “tents” but this doesn’t make me feel less feminine. It’s about who you are! Fortunately I’m on a age I don’t care anymore what people think. It’s about my perception and that’s all.

    You look gorgeous on this dress!!!

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  • Hannah Podbury

    by Hannah Podbury on February 18, 2013 at 5:03 am

    This is absolutely stunning! And completely agree with you here, I find it quite liberating to dress in a way that hides my body… being able to hide something that others will place their entire judgements on. I think it’s beautiful.

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  • Jhon kenyy

    by Jhon kenyy on February 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    You look attractive..Its an amazing dress.

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  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous on February 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    You look great as a tent!

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    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous on February 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      lol

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  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous on February 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

    How are going to get skin cancer? Jesus! Do you want to look like a caucasian? It is kind of terrible seeing people so obsessed of being non-tanned (Indians, Asiatics). Sorry, but you are beautiful as you are. Even darker, you would be stunning.

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    • The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus

      by The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus on February 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

      In what way did I even mention about my fear of being tanned? If you learn anything about science at all you’ll know that exposure to sun will increase chances of skin cancer. Jesus, stop being so judgmental and putting words in other peoples’ mouths.

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    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous on February 23, 2013 at 10:48 am

      She’s not hiding under an umbrella or tree. Wher did you get the idea that she’s actively trying to remain pale?

      For the record, WHITE people wanted to be white when working outside meant you were a peasant and poor. Only the rich had the luxury of staying indoors and remaining pale. In modern society, being tan means you stay inside and work all day. Being tan implies you have enough leisure time to jet away to a beach for the weekend and bask under the sun.

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    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous on February 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Yes, increases the chance to get cancer if you were white enough. I think she wanted to meant that.

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    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous on February 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      ” skin cancer comprises only two to four percent of all cancers in Chinese and Japanese Asians”

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    • The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus

      by The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus on February 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      No, you are making incorrect assumptions about my intentions. I have no wish to look what I am not. In case you haven’t noticed I am very proud of my Asian heritage. Now go away and bother someone else.

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    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous on February 23, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Putting tons of photoshop effects…

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    • The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus

      by The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus on February 23, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Ah, I knew it was you. Say what you will, but I’m the one who decides what’s the truth. Also where are my manners? I forgot to thank you for your compliments, but I do not want to be lighter or darker than I need to be. I’m yellow-skinned with slitty eyes so that’s that. I don’t understand what’s your beef with me but why don’t we have a cup of coffee the next time I’m in NYC? Maybe, just maybe, you’re not as insufferable as you come across through the internet.

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  • West Village Foodie

    by West Village Foodie on February 24, 2013 at 1:14 am

    what is going on here? can we just be happy about the great photos of ms. rosenrot in her amazing outfits? i don’t think anything about her says she would like to appear white. i mean, she looks pretty asian and is emphasizing her features, no? can we let her choose how she wants to look and not have the forum dictate that? this is her blog…

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  • FELICIASWARTLING

    by FELICIASWARTLING on February 27, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Hi
    I love the dress from aqua but i can’t find it on the website…is it sold out?

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    • The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus

      by The Rosenrot | Gracia Ventus on February 27, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Hi Felicia, I’m afraid the dress is sold out now since it was from a previous collection. You might still be able to find some on Ebay though.

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