Eve's Glory
February 15, 2016 1:56 AM   Subscribe

A hundred years after the First World War, modern women demonstrate military prestige by donning vintage uniforms historically exclusive to men. Highlighting uniforms from the Second Industrial Revolution until the end of the Weimar Republic, Eve's Glory compares the ceremonial attitudes historically associated with the military to the proud independence of modern women. posted by moody cow (13 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
Do not weep, young man, for war is kind,
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These women born to drill and die.
The unexplained glory flies above them.
Great is the battle-god, great, and her kingdom--
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your mother tumbled in the yellow trenches,
Raged at her breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Swift blazing flag of the regiment,
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These women born to drill and die.
Point for them the virtue of slaughter,
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Father whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your girl,
Do not weep.
War is kind!
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 2:59 AM on February 15, 2016 [4 favorites]


So this is non-military personnel wearing military dress uniforms?

ok...

But a more provocative (and less war-glorifying) set of photos would be women wearing uniforms from men's sports leagues (NBA, NFL, NHL, etc...). I think it would be cool to see a woman wearing one of those green jackets that male winners of the Masters golf tournament wear, or the yellow jersey from the tour de france.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:53 AM on February 15, 2016


I am interested in challenging the conventional ways in which females are visually presented. Women in fashion magazines, TV commercials, and mainstream films are usually dressed in a way that speaks to a structure of social expectations. Characterized by a sharp division between masculinity and femininity, dominance and passivity, toughness and delicacy, women are narrowly defined. A woman in uniform is a visual impossibility.

Make it a novelty, and it will be perceived as a novelty. Rather than seeing a female model wearing a military DRESS uniform, I'd rather see images of the most hardcore group of female warriors on this planet to "challenge the conventional ways in which females are visually presented" wearing FIELD uniforms that they have earned.
posted by hal_c_on at 4:09 AM on February 15, 2016 [9 favorites]


The pictures are okay I guess but this
modern women demonstrate military prestige by donning vintage uniforms historically exclusive to men. Highlighting uniforms from the Second Industrial Revolution until the end of the Weimar Republic, Eve's Glory compares the ceremonial attitudes historically associated with the military to the proud independence of modern women.

just reads like artist's statement blather to me.

And this
A woman in uniform is a visual impossibility.
Is just outright insulting.

What's more, most of the uniforms chosen are not that different from standard military dress uniforms of today (including those worn by women) though those in the photographs have the excess bling of higher ranks. So I don't really get that it is being super-historical or something. Admittedly the women chosen look like interesting people but we are told nothing about them. All in all, this looks like a really empty project, with some high-faluting ideas about gender or power or history tacked on.
posted by Megami at 4:39 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


hal-c-on, thanks for that link to the YPJ. Those photos are amazing.
posted by Mogur at 5:02 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


^And this
A woman in uniform is a visual impossibility.
Is just outright insulting.

Exactly. Sheesh. Where's this person been?
Some really cool portraits, though.
posted by evilmomlady at 5:03 AM on February 15, 2016


This picture really makes me want to make her the captain of a giant space warship in some really dense Legend of Galactic Heroes type space opera with lots of 19th/early 20th century kitsch. With her as the disagreeable Grand Admiral. And this woman can be the hotshot decorated fighter pilot.
posted by graymouser at 6:40 AM on February 15, 2016 [3 favorites]


I liked the 1902 version better.
posted by zamboni at 8:01 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah, we could have done with just the photographs; I've never been a fan of artists' statements (the art should be the statement), and while it may be technically correct that the women of those cultures in that specific era probably didn't wear those specific uniforms, it's a bit jarring to call it a "visual impossibility", especially when the current British monarch (and longest-reigning queen in history) is a World War II vet who used to sport a pretty impressive uniform herself.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:03 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


I wouldn't mind a version in which men dress like the women of olden days. At least in the West, a man wearing a dress is more subversive than a woman in pants.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:06 AM on February 15, 2016 [2 favorites]


Oh. I just thought they were JRPG characters.
posted by Naberius at 9:21 AM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


This picture really makes me want to make her the captain of a giant space warship in some really dense Legend of Galactic Heroes type space opera with lots of 19th/early 20th century kitsch

So...basically, one of David Webber's "Honor Harrington" books.
posted by happyroach at 6:38 PM on February 15, 2016 [1 favorite]




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