In May 2013 I handed in my bachelor thesis about choreomusical aesthetics in dance, focused on ballet and modern, and when I was getting ready to defend it in June I though a lot about how I was going to present myself to my teacher and the censor. I knew my paper inside out, and wanted to portray that same professional confidence in the way I dressed. It felt like my first chance to really present myself in a professional way, and bursting with pride and confidence about my work, I wanted to show them my professional integrity as clearly as possible.
I have always been very conscious about the power of aesthetic expression, clothes just being one of them. I have since an early age felt very drawn to art in any way, shape or form, and the possibility that artistic expression gives you. This has translated really well into the way I dress, and I can probably tell you what I have worn at every important event since I was 12.When I was defending my bachelor thesis I wore a raw silk shirt from Filippa K, black and white dotted silk shorts and a beautiful blue blazer, black leather 'boy' shoes, a brass necklace and my hair straightened and pulled back into a low ponytail. Coincidence? Not at all. Of course not, I can't do anything half way. I believe in the power of aesthetic expression and personal expression through style. What you wear and how you carry yourself have an impact on how you are perceived, and I firmly believe that wearing something that makes you feel confident and fits the situation you are braving, has an impact on your performance. The last two years I have been studying happiness, identity and fashion, and looking back on my though process when preparing for my bachelor thesis defense, it feels good having had the opportunity to write my master thesis on fashion as identity, and how expressing our identity through fashion has a deep connection to our true self, and the potential to make us happy, not in a shallow, but very profound way. Having my peers and professors tell me it's a bold claim to make only fuels me and makes me even more confident that my paper has a place in my academic field, namely philosophy. I took a huge risk with my bachelor thesis and ended up with the very best grade, and even though my master thesis is a lot bolder and braver (as it should be) I believe that my efforts will have been worth it. I would rather risk getting either a spectacular or horrendous grade, than to be somewhere in the middle because I didn't take a chance.
With that said, I'm also completely terrified, but anything you put your energy and pride in should be able to do that too, or else I don't believe you have invested enough of yourself. I'll write a little series about the topic on here as well, and if any of you want to read the whole thesis, I will make it available for you following the first article on the blog.
I'm delivering my thesis next friday
And I have never been more excited about an academic contribution before,
my paper is going to be f* brilliant.