How Britney Spears, ‘Clueless’ And Pop Culture Changed The …

September 24, 2014 - School Uniform

There isn’t an outfit that has been sexualized, scrutinized and given a sartorial spin utterly like a school uniform.

Traditionally ragged as an garb that represents status and history, a uniform naturally lends itself to reinvention while maintaining some of a strange attract and youthfulness, according to Rebecca C. Tuite, a conform historian and a author of “Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look.”

“The 1920s is mostly credited as a decade that gave arise to a beginning chronicle of a schoolgirl uniform we know currently — middy blouse and low pleated dress that fell to next a knee,” Tuite explained to Huffington Post Style around email. “Through a 1930s and 1940s, there was larger investigation with pinafores (apron-like dresses), blazers with crests festooned on a breast pockets (taking impulse from boy’s uniforms and menswear) and hemlines were relocating adult and down during a fast rate in response to wartime issues.”

Yet, Tuite explains, it was a 1950s that combined a “quintessential picture of a schoolgirl uniform/skirt, ensuing in propagandize uniforms with a good change of smartness and suitability.” The plaid kilt, classical Black Watch tartan skirt, sweaters done of healthy fibers and Peter Pan collared blouses all rose to recognition during this decade. From a 1950s on, a uniform impression radically remained a same with tiny updates over time. “Certainly, any decade had a possess quirks and trends when a propagandize uniform done a jump from a classroom to a catwalk,” Tuite says, “but these belligerent manners would change little.”

So how did a uniform develop from schools to a runway to cocktail enlightenment phenomenon? “At a many elementary level, a elementary propagandize dress is a unequivocally versatile mantle — we can make it mini, knee or midi length; pleated with buckles, plaid with a belt, plain wool, leather, etc,” she adds.

The flexibility and longevity of a propagandize uniform is since Tuite is assured that it has appealed to so many designers, including Tommy Hilfiger (Fall 2010), Alexander Wang (Spring 2014) and Michael Kors (Pre-Fall 2014), who any combined an wholly new take on a look.

However, we can’t have a contention about uniform impression though highlighting Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” song video. The cocktail star set hearts racing with her impertinent lyrics, voluptuous dance moves and that charming Catholic propagandize lady outfit, that continues to commission generations of girls to omit propagandize dress codes. Even yet that picture is perpetually imprinted in a memories, Tuite believes it reaffirms since a propagandize uniform “survives and thrives as partial of a conform and party scene” today.

“Its repute and meanings can be built on in layers, and with new imagination and invention over a classroom,” says Tuite.

School yourself by scrolling by photographs of a many iconic uniforms in cocktail enlightenment below, along with explanation from Tuite, “Clueless” dress engineer Mona May and, of course, HuffPost Style editors.

“The Facts of Life,” 1981

the contribution of life

“Most of what done ‘The Facts Of Life’ such a good uncover was a fact that we had these 4 girls who were all so different, though were all traffic with things immature women could describe to (whether it be counterpart pressure, relationships, etc.) Those iconic, relating outfits served as a common thread between them in a progressing seasons.” – Jamie Feldman, HuffPost Style associate editor

“Clueless,” 1995

clueless movie

“The film came out in a time when women were prepared to welcome a delicate in a greeting to a grunge look. we wanted to make certain when a film came out 7-8 months after sharpened a trends were fresh. Cher knew how to put a propagandize demeanour together with adding a relating plaid jacket, a right white tee with a relating cardigan, over-the-knee socks, Mary Jane boots and fun accessories. we consider she positively knew that mini plaid skirts make a conduct turns of that man you’ve been carrying a vanquish on (as Dionne valid that theory) and likewise we could make a other girls sceptical of your sweet, trusting though stylish looks.” – Mona May, dress engineer

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” circa 1990s

the uninformed king of bel air

“Ashley Banks is a summary of preppy impression with her navy blazer, uninformed white shirt and plaid pleated dress that strike right above a knee. She melted hearts with her schoolgirl attract and that classical half-up, half-down hairstyle.” – Dana Oliver, HuffPost Style executive conform and beauty editor

Whitney Houston and Molly Shannon as Mary Katherine Gallagher on “Saturday Night Live,” 1996

whitney houston snl

“Before saying Mary Katherine Gallagher, we was always led to trust a disfigured idea that schoolgirl uniforms were edgy, even voluptuous since of Britney Spears and ‘The Craft.’ But when we watched Molly Shannon take off in that character, who only happens to wear a Catholic propagandize uniform, a hilarity of it all done me comprehend that uniforms can take on many, many iterations formed on a chairman wearing it.” – Chanel Parks, HuffPost Style associate editor

“The Craft,” 1996

the qualification movie

“Dark plaids, braces, low-cut blouses, non-regulation T-shirts, even rosary beads and chokers during their necks — this film can be credited with holding a classical schoolgirl uniform and giving it a rebellious, dim makeover.” – Rebecca. C. Tuite, conform historian

Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time,” 1998

britney spears baby one some-more time

“School uniforms have found themselves a madness of a investiture with some-more provocative outings, such as Britney Spears in a ‘Baby One More Time’ video. Instances such as that prompt a doubt of a infantilization or objectification of immature women by this lens of a clearly trusting ensemble.” – Rebecca C. Tuite

“By holding an picture that was so fetishized and determining accurately how it was portrayed in a media, Spears, in a way, reclaimed a voluptuous schoolgirl for herself.” – Michelle Persad, HuffPost Style conform editor

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham of “The Gilmore Girls,” 2000

the gilmore girls

“Living in a illusory Connecticut city of Stars Hollow and attending a private, bleak prep school, Rory wears a classical uniform — blue plaid skirt, blouse, sweater, blazer, hosiery and saddle shoes. Every mantle is customary of an American basic school, though what is engaging is that a uncover unequivocally desirous a resurgence in a recognition of these classical clothes. Suddenly, saddle boots were a boots to have, either we were wearing them with jeans or indeed carrying to wear a propagandize uniform.” – Rebecca C. Tuite.

Madonna, 2001


“Pop enlightenment figures, a punk stone transformation and Madonna have kept [schoolgirl uniforms] conform forefront.” – Mona May

“Harry Potter,” 2001

harry potter

“Schoolgirl uniform traditions in a UK are only as abounding and historically poignant as their US counterparts. What ‘Harry Potter’ does so good is give a Hogwarts uniform all a customary sartorial mixture of uniforms found in customary classrooms all over a nation (scratchy gray sweater/cardigan, plain white collared shirt, plain dress and striped tie), though supplement in nods to a grand traditions of British educational institutions (robes, etc). And, of course, a few additional special sorcery accessories!” – Rebecca C. Tuite

t.A.T.u., 2003

tatu singers

“This Russian song twin caused utterly a stir with their song video ‘All The Things She Said,’ where they stood in a sleet kissing dressed in propagandize uniforms. Though I’m still not certain what’s some-more argumentative — them “playing lesbians” or what they were wearing while swapping spit.” – Dana Oliver

“Gossip Girl,” 2008

gossip girl

“The extraordinary universe of a Upper East Side private propagandize was showcased here ideally by a uniforms on display. A good understanding of permit with a dress formula authorised for any impression to adjust a uniform to her possess impression — maybe many memorably, Blair (portrayed by Leighton Meester), who was evermore buttoned-up, mostly with a small crawl tie, tights or hosiery and a super preppy headband.” – Rebecca C. Tuite

Katy Perry, 2013

katy perry

“Ms. Perry is no foreigner to appropriating elements of history/pop enlightenment into her personal style. But we have to give it adult to a star for going all a approach in with this take on prep, including a girlish milkmaid braid.” – Dana Oliver

Ariana Grande, 2014

ariana grande

“The rising cocktail diva is arrange of following in a footsteps of Britney Spears. She’s young, gifted and clearly doesn’t mind pulling bounds with her risqué schoolgirl style” – Dana Oliver

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