Tagged with the slogan “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing,” these advertisements capitalized on using the symbolism of sex and sexuality to equal the power and attractiveness of clothing. In order to demonstrate this notion, this paper will analyze the use of symbolism and semiotics through this advertisement as well as discuss the ramifications this famous advertisement had through the public and determine what the effects of those issues had on the Calvin Klein brand. Print Advertisement Description In beginning this essay topic, the first step is to discuss the content of the advertisement itself. While by current standards the content of this advertisement is essentially mild, in the days of 1980 the image of a 15-year-old girl with a partially open shirt exposing her bare stomach and highlighting a pair of skin-tight Calvin Klein jeans was quite a shocking image (Huffington Post, 2012). When the photograph was coupled with the slogan “Nothing comes between me and my Calvin’s,” the public was obviously startled by the idea that a teenage girl was the focus of such a sexualized advertisement. With Shields being a famous and well-known actress, especially at the time she posed for this advertisement for Calvin Klein, the public was fully aware of her young age and considered this as an immense factor when taking in the overall intended message of the print advertisement. As is evident in the advertisement itself, the highly sexualized pose that the young actress is resting in is the first indicator of the purpose of the Calvin Klein jean ads. Despite the pose itself, an in-depth analysis of the symbolism and semiotics within this picture will demonstrate the intended symbols the public was meant to take from this advertisement. Symbolism Examples Within this print advertisement, there are three distinct examples of symbolism that come to the forefront as the intended message for consumers. These concepts include the symbolism of this advertisement as a catalyst for the progression of sexual influence in popular culture, the social pressures created for women due to the use of over-sexualized nature of advertisements and finally the notions of clothing equaling heightened sexuality and power. Symbolism of Calvin Klein Ad Campaign as a Catalyst for Future Ads With both print ads and television commercials, the 1980 Calvin Klein jean advertisement campaign began a major, nationwide sense of symbolism in the notion that this style of advertisement campaign created such an incredible fury of popularity that it represented what the future of advertising campaigns would be. According to the featured actress herself, Shields, in a September 22, 2010 interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show for the 30th anniversary of the advertisement campaign, said that this Calvin Klein slogan and advertisement presentation was essentially one of the first of its kind. “That was one of the first times they had sort of smart and provocative television commercials” (Shields, 2010). With this realization from Shields herself, it is evident that the impact of the 1980 Calvin K
Name Here Professor Name Here Course Name March 19, 2012 Mixed Messages in Denim: Deciphering the Semiotics in a Famous 1980 Print Advertisement According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the concept of semiotics is defined as “a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics” (2012)…
It can then be said that visual semiotics have a large part to play in selling products in the modern marketplace because of their influential position to determine human actions. Carefully chosen images form a subtle relationship between the signifier and the signified so that the randomization pointed out by Berger (1995) is minimized.
Advertisements play an important role in ensuring the success of a certain product. Different types of media are utilized by companies in order to secure a significant market share that will make the product profitable for the company. Typically, advertisements are catered to the consumers through TV commercial, radio, magazines, newspapers, and the internet.
The study of semiotics therefore involves the study of all the signs that are used in the process of communication to convey different messages about different situations. Semiotics is used to describe the different signs and phenomena which is also known as descriptive semiotics.
All this is done with the intention of creating a positive response from the consumer to be. To woo clients, several approaches are used, and with different intentions. Adverts employ several approaches to woo prospective consumers; such include rhetorical appeals such as logos, use of logic, ethos basing opinion on a person and pathos based on the emotions and sentiments of the viewer.
Name Instructor Class 5 October 2012 Lickable Marketing: The Welch Grape Juice Print Advertisement In the February edition of People, it advertised a product, not only for seeing, but for licking as well. While other juices are limited to simply making their ads look delicious, Welch promoted its 100% grape juice by offering a sample through its advertisement.
The theoretical basis of this analysis is largely drawn from Roland Barthes’s essay ‘Rhetoric of the Image’. The paper will look at specific instances of the use of indexical, iconic and symbolic signs and the ways in which the photography, lighting, and other elements of the mise-en-scene affect the connotative meaning of the advertisement.
The main object of analysis is the image that is used in the advertisement which is discussed in detail. Thesis statement “Be Delicious” image connotes an ideology of modern femininity and sexual attraction. Outline of Essay/ method This paper focuses on the categorical case of the use of language, phrase, image, symbols and other elements that create the entire ambiance of the advertisement.
There was an issue about flouted morality during 1920’s-1930. Most of the poster advertisements created by big companies tried to preserve what is traditional but were entangled with a slow show off of modernity. It can also be seen in the particular advertisement cited. The concept of buying clothes by women is not common during these times.
One considers that the disastrous love affair is akin to the life process of a relationship that has blossomed only later to be exposed for the dark realism of existence, just like the Cuban Revolution. The metaphorical images of Castro and Guevara represent a sort of