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CT 124: I’M FROM THE 90’S B*%T$H!
A song by Icona pop song, “I love it” goes, “You’re from the 70’s, but I’m a 90’s b*tch!” Yep, that’s the second line that I sing with my heart out, next to the chorus “I don’t care, I love it!” Simply because I am a 90’s baby, literally born on the second day of the year, 1990.
That’s why when our professor in Apparel Accessories Class asked us to make an accessory that tells of our childhood, I know exactly which decade to look back to! And being the SHOEPERSTAR, the first accessory of choice is of course, shoes! I decided to use my old floral wedges that I bought in China town, in Downtown Los Angeles for $5 or 250 pesos (back 2009)
I also asked my parents and grandmother to look back at the time of my childhood, that showed signs I was into fashion, specifically, shoes. My lola said that when I was about 6 years old, I was begging her to buy me these gold mesh bakya (wooden sandals) from Pasig Palengke (Pasig Wet Market) Once I had the bakya, I wore it to the mall, to church, and even at home. My mom said, I was a fashionista baby, always in Guess for Kids, OshKosh B’gosh, and had different shoes than kids my age. I followed after my dad’s love for boat shoes! When Kids were wearing rubbershoes with lights, I was wearing my brown leather Bass shoes. I remember I had the most simple shoes during my gradeschool P.E. class, good old white Keds Sneakers. And lastly, my mom told me I was addicted to my Low cut Dr. Martens, I wore it with everything, even my dresses. I guess I was a hipster myself!
Now onto the shoes, I decided to place my childhood memories in 2 categories. First, the cartoons that I love to watch and then, the people that influenced me a lot. So with right shoe, I placed my favorite cartoons that I really loved to watch after school! This includes:
Doraemon – Who want a loyal and helpful friend like Doraemon?
Cardcaptor Sakura - Student by Day, Heroine by Night! And a cute love story too!
Ghost fighter - My dad’s name is Eugene, so I have a definite bias for the main character. And the plot is really really good!
Darna - The Philippine’s own version of Superwoman, except she has to swallow a rock to transform! I love her!
Mind you, these cartoons did not only entertain me, but influenced me a lot. The common denominator of these 4 cartoons, is everyone had this extraordinary superpower that changed the world and helped a lot of people. That’s who I wanted to be, a Superwoman, that will really make a difference in the world. The original title of my blog was actually “THE SHOEPERWOMAN” until a blogger with the same blog name from London told me she has exclusive rights to the name “SHOEPERWOMAN.” I guess I was meant for “THE SHOEPERSTAR” to shine bright like a diamond! Heehee!
The left shoe is filled with pictures of my so-called “Idols” and the list includes:
Michael Jackson – It’s MJ, period. He influenced me to go into dancing that stretched til I was 18 years old! I love him so much that I have 3 big posters up in my room for 5 years.
Tom Felton – I hated him during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but when Chambers of Secret came out, I knew I was going to marry this man.
John Prats – My Filipino Celebrity Childhood Crush! For years, I supported this guy like a real fan girl!
Lizze McGuire – Every pre-teen who has Disney Channel on her TV, is a follower of Lizzie McGuire! I mean, she got to kiss Aaron Carter!
I had so much fun making this project. Coming up with the concept into making this shoe, made me really nostalgic. Childhood life was simpler and utterly more positive. We feel like our own heroes, rockstars, and superstars! And that mindset should be something that we should keep to this day, To dream big no matter what.
Go be a Shoeperstar!