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Is Less More?

Posted in Fashion by thisisanexperiment on January 23, 2009

The show of Skin and the selling of Fashion/clothes has always have had a tumultous though somewhat consistent relationship, I feel.

What started as a love-affair by most teenagers (I’m guilty myself, too) of flashing one’s navel, (hopefully) flat belly, and testing the limits of how far my jeans/pants can go without exposing my butt, has now evolved.

This season, Sheer, Sheer, Sheer seems to be one of the way to go. Not that I’m complaining; I love the peekabo, “tempt-and-tease-you-wench” effect that Sheer tops, sheer everything can bring. Sometimes, it’s not what you CAN see, but what lays mysteriously hidden, what your imagination is delectably tantalised by the too little (yet too much) glimpses of skin.

But, I digress.

I stumbled across this article on nudity and fashion.

We remember how apocalyptic it all seemed when American Apparel’s CEO, Dov Charney, came out with those racy ads: hide your children, it’s porn stars selling tube socks! Hate ’em or love ’em, it was exactly the sort of guerilla advertising that launched the company into notoriety (while their 20-dollar tees flew off the shelves). And while the L.A brand released their raciest ads just this month, another unlikely contender also chooses to bare it all: high street chain Urban Outfitters. The mass market retailer put out some killer collaborations (Lark & Wolff by Steven Alan, Rapscallian by Samantha Pleet) this past season, but never did we expect to see such T&A on display in the spring catalog (the kind that caused ad bans and protests for American Apparel). Sure, we get the whole underwear-as-outwear or no-bra trend, but are we really being sold a pair of lace thigh-highs in some photos…or just sex? Well, word on the street is that no clothing is the new clothing

Aye, or Nay?

Is the nudity featured just too much skin? Art or Porn? Personally, I’m conflicted. I can’t say I dont get surprised by the sight of so much boobs in a fashion spread, but at the same time, the human body is a beautiful thing.

The female form, for one, is much of what Fashion revolves around, no? How clothing fits the female form,  follows the curves and contours of, how it drapes even. Is it not fitting then that fashion spreads feature the nude female body extensively then?

Does nudity detract from the clothes, or only places more emphasis on them?

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  1. Omari Beauty said, on January 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    She came from a wealthy and competitive Philadelphia family, brought up society held little appeal for this acclaimed beauty. Omari Beauty

  2. Nudists Obsessed With Sex? « All Nudist said, on January 23, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    […] Is Less More?  Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Voting in the buff?My Experiences…To Catch a […]

  3. All Nudist said, on January 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Hi! Good posting. We’ve written an article similar to it, and linked to yours at All Nudist (

    Keep up the good work!

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