CONSTRATING THE FASHIONS OF THE 1990 AND 2000 DECADES IN NORTH AMERICA.
Historically, fashion has always fascinated men in all human culture. Fashion, fads and trends are intertwined with human culture and civilization. The desire to look good and exceptional and to be acknowledged by others drives individuals to invent new fashions. Fashion can simply be defined as ‘’the cultural construction of the embodied identity’’ (Fashion Theory, 1). In everyday usage and for the purpose of this write-up, fashion is seen as the prevailing mode or style of dressing prevalent at any particular period in any given society. Fashion embraces all forms of self-fashioning that includes street styles and the so called high fashion created by high designers and couture (Fashion Theory, 1). Implied in this definition is that fashion is prone to changes. Changes in fashion often reflect changes in the socio-economic state of the society. It is pertinent to point out that there are fashions in other human endeavors such as furniture, automobiles, houses etc. However, greater attention is often paid to sartorial fashion. The reason for this is probably due to the fact that clothing has such intimate relationship with the physical body and by extension the personal identity of the individual. This essay focuses on the contrasting styles of the 1990s and 2000s fashion with particular reference to the North American fashion scenes of those decades. The 1990 decade began with recession and high unemployment figures. It was a very uncertain decade in many ways. The 1990 decade witnessed rapid socio-economic and political changes that were occurring globally. Dictators and totalitarian regimes were kicked out of office and democracy and its concomitant freedom gave many people the opportunity to savor the gains of the free world. The pace of life accelerated and the world experienced great technological changes. Internet, mobile phones, personal organizers and other gargets that were...
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