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Rumor has it that today is the international day against the ue of child soldiers, and we would like to propose our solution [image source: OSCE]
It have been four days of heated discussions, long sessions and many cups of coffee. During the conference the press recognized a high level of professionalism regarding passionate and powerful speeches. A lot of ideas for resolutions have been discussed, whether in sessions or private conversations. The delegates dedicated a great amount of time and work into solving armed conflicts in Europe. New relations have been formed and diplomatic relationships strengthend.
the past few days have gone by in a whirlwind! Most probably, you were at times not able to follow this blog as closely as you wanted (honestly, neither could we). Therefore, we have put together a list of a few highlights that you should definitely have a look at.
- This UN-quiz to test your knowledge
- these fantastic photo interviews
- our fashion tag
- these interviews with foreign delegates
- our small article on German carnival (Fasching)
- this great pun speech
- this informative article on dress codes throughout the ages
We will also try to tag some of our favourite memes as #qualitymemes.
Formal wear may not be liked by all, but it is undeniable that it makes one feel fabulous. From strict tuxedos to narrow skirts, all these combine into a special formal gear. But how did this uniform change through the years?
Let’s take a quick look at the transformations in the past 100 years.
This period is marked by modesty and conservatism.
Men would wear black tail coats with white shirts with high collar, together with some classy white gloves and tight vests. Generally speaking, black & white combo would continue to be dominant throughout the century for men, as the absolute classic colour combo.
Women too presented themselves in absolute grace, with some long gloves and hair done up.
If you ever watched Titanic, you can get a clear idea.
The motto was definitely ‘going loose.’
Relatively speaking, men’s wear remained relatively the same, with some additional accessories of a walking stick, pocket watch on chain and a top hat. Yet some enjoyed flashy neckties and gold-covered walking sticks.
Women though enjoyed a greater freedom of dress. Shapeless dresses with shorter lengths decorated with fringes and feathers. A long pearl necklace and headbands are some of the iconic ‘flapper’ accessories.
Everyone for sure has seen ‘The Great Gatsby.’
An unstable period in the world and a drastic change in clothing; that is how the period can be described.
Men wore suits with extra-broad shoulders and thin waists, emphasizing the ideal manly figure.
Women too went back to highlighting their hourglass figures. Long, sleek and sexy dresses were the key characteristics of evening gowns, usually with backless designs. Being inspired by Ancient Greek and Egyptian Goddesses, this was seen in the modest elegance of the outfits.
‘Water for Elephants,’ for example, captures this well.
Strictness and simplicity – the right words to describe this decade in a nutshell.
During war times, financial ability to walk around in lavish outfits was minimized. Military uniform became part of the formal uniform for men, with a bold look in general.
Women’s dresses simulated the Victorian age. Puffed sleeves, column-shaped gowns and short jackets grew in popularity. While black was the most popular colour, pink, red and blue too had a large consumer demand. In a less fancy manner, narrow skirts with knee length and jackets were the common pieces.
This is well seen in ‘Allied.’
The Golden Years definitely impacted the formal wear.
Being marked with wealth and elegance, the period led to men continuing to dress up in suits with wide shoulders, yet with a greater variety of classic colours of grey, blue and red.
The female outfits are too one of the most legendary. Brighter colours such as red have returned, and a certain romantic and glamorous touch was largely present. Skirts have too become wider, usually reaching the length between ankle and knee.
‘Far from heaven’ is a good example.
As it was indeed a socially revolutionary era, this reflected in the formal wear.
However, men’s wear unsurprisingly maintained the conservative nature with a simpler style.
The clothes worn by women have changed though. Shorter and narrow skirts, jackets and hats have ruled the decade, with more colours appearing on the acceptable palette. Simpler style was present overall, with fewer materials being used.
The movie ‘Jackie’ greatly represents the formal wear of women, based on the style of one of the America’s fashion icons.
More freedom in formal dresscode can be marked, as the transmission to a new era of formal wear is developing.
While the style of suits for men remained the same, more colours started to become acceptable.
Women had more loose dresses, with brighter colours and thin fabric all forming a sense of social freedom.
The exhibition of ‘Anchorman’ movie portrays that sufficiently.
Starting from 1980s, a modern uniform has been established in the rules of formal wear.
While men have always worn suits with slight fluctuations in style here and there, women too started to adapt suits more and more in the past 3 decades. Usually, the colours of white, black, dark blue or beige are preferred, marking this as the absolute classic.
Simpler style which is more fit to the natural body structure is now the ultimate way to dress and impress. Narrow trousers and blasers are the ultimate ingredients to the recipe of correct formal attire, where only the 90s have been the last moments with widened shoulder pads and baggy suits.
At this year’s MainMUN OSCE committee, a model of double delegations, meaning that each country is represented by two members was used. In several controversial interviews it was stated that it is nice to have a fellow member, but also difficult at times. On the one hand a second opinion can be helpful, in order to develope a more precise statement. Furthermore, it distributes the amount of work onto two pairs of shoulders and time can be used more efficient. On the other hand it also means that one has to cooporate with the other delegate—sometimes not easy, especially if they do not know eachother. Disagreements are certain, but shared experiences strengthen relationships and might lead to unexpected friendships.
1) Which one of those countries has joined the UN the latest?
- a) Bulgaria
- b) Cameroon
- c) Canada
- d) Brazil
2) In which year has the name “United Nations” been coined?
- a) 1940
- b) 1952
- c) 1945
- d) 1942
3) How many member states do the United Nations currently have?
- a) 203
- b) 184
- c) 166
- d) 193
4) How many official languages does the UN have?
- a) 3
- b) 6
- c) 9
- d) 5
5) In 70 years, the United Nations, its specialised agencies, related agencies, funds, programmes and staff were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize [??????] times.
- a) 12
- b) 11
- c) 10
- d) 9
6)What does Orlando Bloom have to do with the UN?
- a) he is the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
- b) The Secretary General loves his movies and organized a weekly movienight for the delegates
- c) he is the model for a campaign the UN is currently launching
- d) he is the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
Highlight for answers: 1a, 2d, 3d, 4b, 5b, 6a
Consensus voting is a big waste of time! OSCE totally disfunktional! SAD!