Sunday, August 6, 2017

How Important Is Being "Period Perfect" In The Pinup Community?

One thing I hear a lot about in the pin-up community is being "Period perfect" for those of you who don't know what that means. It means that you perfectly match the era that you are trying to recreate, From your hair to your nails.

Period Perfect

Sometimes it is looked down upon to add a little modern twist to the traditional pin-up look. For instants, if there's a modern pin-up but with a few tattoos, it's not uncommon for some people to complain that it's not a "Period Perfect" look. And it's not if you just have tattoos you could have a different hair texture than what was socially acceptable in the era you're trying to recreate or have your nails painted any color but red, It can be any little change you make to the traditional look.

I've heard that some people get really offended If you don't perfectly match the traditional look of a Rockabilly or Pin-up girl But sometimes it's the other way around, some people will scold you for not adding a modern twist to your vintage look. So you really can't win either way.
It really doesn't matter as long as you're having fun with it.

1 comment:

  1. There is sooo much debate among my friends with this. First, many argue that "pin-up" in itself is not period perfect. That the pin-up image was a hyper-real version of a girl from the 40s and 50s, and has since been translated into a weird borderline fetishized version that works mostly to offer a curvy figure with only hints to being "from the period".

    Additionally, I'm really fine with anyone doing whatever they want style wise, as long as they know exactly what they are doing. Don't tell me you're a perfect 50s girl and wear your halter dress with your petticoat sticking out past the hem, no stockings, and shoes that are clearly modern. Tell me you are inspired by the 50s, and then did what you wanted to style it to your liking. It is incorrect representation that aggravates me. The reenacting groups are really big about this idea too. So many people show up to events like The LA Air Raid, Fort Mac Days, etc. saying they are accurate, when they are far from.


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