Trends in Fashion and Jewelry

Observe the connections between conformity and individuality in dress as they associate with our culture. With opportunities to take a look at the method we dress at the individual, group, societal, and cultural levels, it will also afford a barometer by which you may assess the present state of our social and political culture.

Dress is more than mere items and products individuals put on their bodies. What we wear, can be an indication or sign that refers to or stands for meanings not inherent in the product or object. In sum, the physique when dressed reflects the "social body" or surrounding social system (Turner, 1991).

Throughout history the stress and societal relationships that exist in between different social groups has actually been reflected in their dress. Hardly ever was brand-new clothing available to the poor, making it a most valued possession. Prior to the 20th century, in Europe and America, it was not unusual for a pauper to own just the clothing on his back and these typically had actually been handed downed many times before reaching him. Fabric, therefore, became a commodity of such fantastic worth that it became its own type of currency and was utilized as payment for services (Crane 3).

is a theme that is ever-present in American political culture. Frequently this change is reflected in the dress of its people. From the plain of the Puritans to the hip-hop appearance these days, political and change in fashion have, in theory and practice, been connected.

Regardless of the theory to which you subscribe, there exists an unassailable connection between American political culture and fashion. Through the ages this connection has actually most clearly been seen throughout times of extreme political and social change. Where some groups and people have been compelled to conform, others have felt obliged to resist, and this has frequently been shown in their gown.

Change in fashion was a direct result of class struggle or that it resulted from the requirement for the elite to keep their distinction from and supremacy over the masses. This, then, produced a "drip- down" impact where the elite were constantly embracing new designs in order to maintain their difference once the lower classes began to imitate them.

In preindustrial times such as the Colonial Period, clothing was associated with a person's position in the social structure. "It not only revealed your social position and gender, however your occupation [each one had its own outfit], religious affiliation, and regional origin, too. The political culture of the time was reflected in the way individuals dressed and the way individuals dressed determined how they were perceived by others and by themselves" (Crane 3). This was acutely seen in the example of the Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch as they came to be known. They had left spiritual persecution in Europe in the 1700's. They viewed themselves as "apart" from the outdoors world, which they considered "corrupt" and they utilized clothes as a method of identifying themselves from others. Through their "plain gown" they had the ability to keep an unique social identity that embraced uniformity and rejected uniqueness (Kaiser 397). Their.
rejection of the fashion system, therefore, can clearly be viewed as a kind of social and political resistance at the group and cultural level.
However, it was not until the advent of the Industrial Revolution and machine-made clothing, that the impact of social and political stratification on fashion was really changed. The shift from agrarian to city life and the greater affordability of factory-made clothes developed a change in how one's social status was figured out. The outfits that had actually when represented a specific occupation for a specific social class in agrarian society were changed by clothes for a specific "type" of job. Your position and your rank in this new "hierarchy of [commercial and industrial] professions" was now identified by the uniform you wore and became an indication of how wealthy you were (Crane 4). A bellboy dressed less grandly than a concierge, but the uniforms of both showed that they held service occupations.

Fashion can be specified as a prevalent style by a specific group at a particular time, and, for that reason, might be linked to a specific cultural and historical context where there is basic acceptance of a given style or look. Politics belongs to what identifies exactly what is appropriate in a given period.

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