Limits And Boundaries Defined For Male And Female

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Chapter 3.1 Limits and boundaries defined for male and female 1072 Fashion and society is continuously changing but the relationship between the two has remained, while society uses fashion as a method of identification, for each fashion posses a meaning along with them. High heels however are an item that have endured time but instead their meaning is always being altered. Today they are associated as a feminine item of dress, as it represents discomfort, physical restriction and is an accessory which functions fashion over practicality, aiming to create a look that society expects to see from women. However the history of high heels reveals that they were originally designed for men, used to form a masculine and luxurious look. Men announced their high power and status through impractical footwear, as it expressed their wealth by showing the little they had to work or use their feet. “Removed from their practical purpose, shoes are part of a performance. Their appearance in public can transform the wearer into a king or a queen.” (V&A 2015) Alike to many other cultures and centuries the design of the shoe is all apart of the wearer 's performance, taking away any practical use but the purpose of the design being how they are seen to other people, by their sound, height, appearance and ability to move giving them a particular status they want to communicate to the viewer. 195 Footwear has been used to create boundaries onto how people are positioned in society by their identifiable features. For example in the 1670’s louis XIV, a King of only 5 feet and 4 inches, started a trend for heels as he increased his height by always wearing heels of 4 inches. The shoes always had red soles, to express their luxury and exclusivity, a... ... middle of paper ... ...le the fight for gender equality still exists as “Official figures show men earn 14.2% more per hour than women.” (BBC, 2015) The fact of men being given a higher pay than women for the same job exposes society 's view of females to be the same as it was in the 19th century, being beneath and less capable than any man. The gender pay gap reveals that from November each woman effectively is working for free for the rest of the year, in comparison to a man 's average pay. Although the difference is five days later this year than 2014, this slow reduction means it will take up to another 50 years to fully close this gap (BBC, 2015). Society 's little progress with the inequality of genders has not prevented the integration of crossdressing and transgenders, showing fashion is ahead of society and eager to push for the breakthrough of gender equality to happen now. 140
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