Signposts Passed at Dusk: Where are the colors in Movie Posters; where are the moms in Urban Fantasy; and where lies ideology in the Wedding Dress?

Posted: June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Movie Poster and Colors since 1914

Vijay Pandurangan gives us a breakdown of colors used in movie posters by the year beginning in 1914.  Visit the site to get the specifics year to year!

“The movies whose posters I analysed “cover a good range of genres. Perhaps the colors say less about how movie posters’ colors as a whole and color trends, than they do about how genres of movies have evolved. For example, there are more action/thriller/sci-fi [films] than there were 50-70 years ago, which might have something to do with the increase in darker, more ‘masculine’ shades.”

Urban Fantasy, 2009. Zhang Xianyong

Paul and Rene ponder, over at Feministe, where the mothers have disappeared to in contemporary Urban Fantasy Fiction (the genre which embeddes supernatural entities into modern living settings).

”Just because Urban Fantasy is largely produced by women and consumed by women does not mean that it is free of sexism and misogyny. When it comes to motherhood, a role that most women will one day assume, it is hardly surprising that within the genre most examples are highly problematic — when they appear at all.

The lack of representation of motherhood is so extreme that the viewer is forced to ask is, “where are the mothers?”. It seems like such an odd question, because you’d expect most characters, like most people, to have a mother lurking around somewhere; especially since most of the heroines in these stories are young women or even teenagers. Search as we might, the mothers are conspicuous by their absence.”

Check out the rest, or just visit Paul and Rene at Fangs for Fantasy

Yohji Yamamota, Bride, 1998

Michael Braithwaite over at Bitch Media gives some thoughts on the wedding dress as social signifier and its ideological import in his short essay Bridal Party: Pomp, Power, and the Myth of Virginity

“Historically, weddings have been the ritualistic symbols of the exchange of property and the unification of power, and so brides from particularly wealthy families used their dresses as a way to show off their socioeconomic status.”

For more broad background information:  Check out Ohio State University’s site of the Wedding Dress Tradition (exhibition of “Wedding Traditions” from Early Victorian times to the Present) which has a overview of the Apparel and Meanings.

And for A Social History of the Men’s Suit, see here!

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