CHS essay

Topics: Identity, Cosplay, Clothing Pages: 2 (549 words) Published: March 11, 2014
“Fashion provides one of the most ready means through which individuals can make expressive visual statements about their identities.” Bennett, A (2005). Culture and Everyday Life. London: Sage. p. 96 Discuss this statement with references to individual examples. As Bennett suggest above, nowadays clothing is a good symbol of people’s rising pursuing of fashion and beauty. It is so important to people’s daily life and it can perfectly embody who people are, who they are not, and who they would like to be. This has given rise to fierce competition in almost every aspect of life; gender, social and identity politics, struggle for survival and thus, the immense pressure for one to successfully find their place and voice in society. Fashion plays a vital, if not the most important role, in enabling individuals to construct, sculpt and express their identities, especially in larger metropolitan cities where they “mingle with crowds of strangers and have only fleeting moments to impress them” (Bennett, 2005 p.96). According to Kratz et all (1998), fashion can be defined as a cultural phenomenon as it is concerned with meanings and symbols, thus is an instantaneous mode of direct, visual communication. Fashion enables us to make statements about ourselves and our identities, with the use of clothes, accessories and other physical items that enable us to visually communicate who we are, who we’d like to be, what kind of social group we belong to and who we are most likely not to be associated with. “Fashion also has to do with hair styles, make up, accessories… and can include items that have nothing at all to do with clothes” (Kratz et all, 1998 p.195). Similarly, clothing has to do with other things apart from fashion like functionality, practically and protection. A lot of other immediate assumptions can be drawn up about an individual through mere observation of dress – which part of the world they may be from, what kind of job they may possess or what their economic...
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