Italian-American Fashion: Guidos & Guidettes: The Progression from offensive toâ€Śstill being offensive 1920â€™s
Ashleigh Michael & Seth Catron
Works Cited "Al Capone — Made in America." Trutv.com. Trutv, n.d. Web. 07
April 2011. “How to be a Guido: the Definitive Guido Guide.” jersify.com. Jersify: the App, n.d. Web. 07 April 2011. Yetimachine1, dir. “Snooki explains ‘guidos’ and ‘guidettes’.”
Youtube. Youtube, 11 December 2009. Web. 4 April 2011.
Outline • • • •
What is a Guido? A “Guido’s” definition of a Guido Modern Day Guidos-Guidettes Early 20th Century Guido -How I-A’s are portrayed • Mid 20th Century Guido -Portrayal • The wrap-up: What’s so offensive?
“Snooki” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U Wt0e6d9FRk
Modern Day “Guido” The “Checklist” Hair
full of hair product Big muscles Tan skin Ed Hardy, Armani Exchange “Duck face” Optional: A rosary necklace Optional: Expensive sunglasses http://remotecontrol.mtv.com/tag/jersey-shores-mike-thesituation/page/20/
Modern Day “Guidette” The “Checklist” Big hair (usually accompanied by extensions of some type) Flashy bellybutton ring Tan skin Ed Hardy, Juicy Couture Duck face sunglasses
The “Checklist” Pinstripe Suits/Tie/Bowtie Trench Coat Black Dress Oxford Shoes Pocket Square/Handkerchief Greased-back hairstyle Optional: Fedora Optional: After-fight make-up
Early Stereotype • • • •
Set during 50’s Very popular Still popular Emphasized Mobster
The “Checklist” Tracksuits Open-buttoned shirts Leather shoes Slicked back hair Leather jackets Gold Jewelry
Stereotype of Italian-Americans
•Set during 70’s and 80’s •Showed America “Ne Mobster”
What’s the offense? Guido: The Word A derogatory term for Italian-American workers in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Guido: The Lifestyle Young adults aged 16-30 who wear provocative clothing, fake tan obscene amounts, and “hook up” at various party destinations, the most popular being in Seaside Heights, NJ.