Title of Project

Alternative Fashion Wiki

Email Address and URL

Email: madammorbid@gmail.com
Wiki URL: http://alternative-fashion.wikia.com/

Executive Description

I will create and develop an Alternative Fashion wiki, providing information on the Steampunk, Mori, Gothic Victorian, and Lolita aesthetics. I believe a wiki, rather than a blog, would help to do this because it will enable me to compile and present information in the forms of text, images, and links, as well as collaborate with others, and it will be used as a resource for anybody who is interested in learning more about these fashion styles.

Narrative

With my Alternative Fashion wiki, I intend to provide information about alternative fashion, specifically the Steampunk, Lolita, Gothic Victorian, and Mori aesthetics. In creating this wiki, I would like to achieve having at least a basic collection of information about these aspects of alternative fashion. I would like to find out whether others will share in growing the wiki and, if so, I would like to know the kind of information others would add and hopefully expand my current knowledge on the subject.

As I will be discussing four distinct and yet at times related fashion styles, I will cover one type each week, aiming for at least 500 words per page to start. For the first week, I will cover the Mori aesthetic. First, I will provide an overview of the style and discuss what defines "Mori" and what does not. Next, I will provide examples of the style through photos. Then, I will compile a list of links to outside resources, such as relevant blogs and online stores. The second week I will add a page discussing Steampunk, the third week I will add a page discussing Gothic Victorian, the fourth week will be Lolita, and each of these pages will cover the same types of information as the first week. The fifth week of this project will be spent adding pages to all topics and refining and expanding on the existing information, and preparing my final report. I would prefer to organize my project this way because it feels more organized than creating all pages at once. I expect that setting up my project this way will help to keep my wiki organized, which will be visually appealing, help to maintain my focus on the project, and be more inviting to those who may want to contribute to the wiki.

While searching the internet, I have only found a - Steampunk wiki covering all things Steampunk, though it covers fashion it does not have a focus on the fashion aspect. I believe my wiki could be more detailed regarding Steampunk fashion. I have not yet found a wiki for Gothic Victorian, Lolita, or Mori fashion or lifestyles, or a wiki covering multiple forms of alternative fashion. I will be looking over the Links section of the Steampunk wiki I have found and borrow any links I feel would be relevant to my wiki. I will also link back to the Steampunk wiki. However, I will do a few things differently than the Steampunk wiki, for example I will not be focusing on modern media, such as television shows, games, comics, or any other such things, as my wiki will focus solely on fashion.

I expect to organize my wiki by category. The home page will give an overall description of the wiki, and provide a link to each starting page, such as Mori, Steampunk, Gothic Victorian, and Lolita. Each starting page will lead to the other pages within those categories. This means, for example, that the Steampunk page will link to a Steampunk Accessories page, Steampunk Footwear page, Steampunk Dresses, etc, just as the Lolita starting page will link to those same topics within the Lolita category, and so on. I also intend to organize each page with headings, titles, and lists. I will also be organizing the links on my wiki. Each category (Steampunk, Lolita, Gothic Victorian, Mori) will have internal links for specific pages within that category (Accessories, Footwear, Jackets, etc), and each category will also have a separate page organizing all external links used by that category (Steampunk Links, Lolita Links, Gothic Victorian Links, Mori Links). These external links pages will contain only headings and lists organizing all the links within each category.

I will write about the various fashion styles, including information on tops, jackets, skirts, pants, pajamas, jewelry, hats, and other accessories such as parasols and fans. I will also provide images to help give more information, as well as links to outside resources where readers can go for more information.

With this project, I intend to achieve a compilation of at least basic information on these subjects, providing information for others or myself to expand upon or use. Since I have only found a Steampunk wiki and not yet found wikis for Mori, Gothic Victorian, or Lolita fashion, I hope to grow my wiki, even beyond this project, to provide that information about these, and potentially other, alternative fashion styles for others who are interested.

I envision my project report being a blog post about my wiki project, as this will help to keep my wiki focused on the information provided rather than class assignments. This project report will cover what I have accomplished and what I have learned, either via input from others who have contributed on the wiki or my learning about wiki use through my own wiki experimentation and research habits. In this project report I will provide one to three images from each aesthetic as examples to show the differences between the fashion styles and to help provide context for the information given. I will explain what I originally set out to accomplish with this project and I will discuss any changes I may have made to the project along the way, and why those changes may have taken place.

Weekly Reports

I will provide weekly reports each Monday by midnight, on my blog, at http://ermahgerditsamber.wordpress.com. Each weekly report will cover what I accomplished during the week and be between 750-1ooo words in length.

Contract for Grade

I intend to create and develop wiki pages a minimum of three times per week, and to start each page with a minimum of 500 words, with the possibility of coming back later to refine and add to that information. By sticking to this plan, I expect that my wiki will grow to a minimum of fifteen pages, though I hope to achieve more. This is not including whether others decide to add pages.
I am going for 150 points (B) to allow for time limitations and other unforeseeable circumstances that may prevent me from reaching my goals for this project. However, provided that nothing gets between me and my wiki, I should hope to have a well-developed wiki that is richly linked and organized beyond the 150 point mark.

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