Fashion And Identity Essay

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hion has immense influence on people. As we live in an postmodern society, where everything is changing fast due to globalization, we communicate through our cloth to others the different roles we play in everyday life. It is something which society created throughout the centuries, as something expressing meanings and identities. Fashion plays one of the most important parts in its ability of giving the people a way of expressing their feelings. We have come to a point ( in the 21century) where it became essential to wear different cloth for different occasions, as for example wearing a suit for a business meeting and jeans after work. Within the different dress codes there are variable styles of wearing them. Those individual styles express statements about identity. Those statements might be related to gender, social – class, tradition etc. Clothes also express individual statements, besides the comunication of the different roles we play in live. Coming to an job interview with a jeans and a t-shirt or in a well fitting suit 'says' different sings about a person. As the the persons identity is not only being defined by their way of dressing, it can only to a certain extend be said that 'the choice of clothes as an expression of ones identiy ...(is) too simple.' The human race is constantly constructing their identity. This process is manly influenced by society and social interaction. George Simmel, a German philosopher and sociologist, based his analysis on the premises 'that the prerequisite for fashion's existent is a relatively open society, consisting of several classes in which an elite strives to separate itself from the bulk of the population by means of adopting observable signs, notably in dress. This adoption ... ... middle of paper ... ...statement of rococo fashion were rooted in elegance, refinement, and decoration, but there were also elements of capriciousness, extravagance and coquetry. Women dresses in the 18century were ornate and sophisticated. Men costumes in the seventeenth century had been more extravagant and colorful than woman's, until women seized initiative and their dresses became splendidly elegant. During the rococo period were more since of visual statements on individual identities compared to the earlier centuries. As the clothing style veered off into two diametrically opposed fashion directions, people had more choices in order to define their identities within their style of clothing. As mentioned earlier in the text there was a 'fantastic conceit of artificial aesthetics and the desire to 'return to nature'.
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