Before this class I never really thought about subject positions and how they affected how I lived my life and dressed. How the choices I have made throughout my life are essentially based off of these factors. Susan Kaiser’s ideas about subject positions and intersectionality led me to realize that everything is connected and that they all build off of each other. Assignments such as the dress practice log and the intersectionality map helped me realize my personal subject positions. Discovering the different factors that play into why certain choices are made. And also discovered what actually causes the shift in my dress practices when moving from Los Angeles to New York. In the same way, discussing the idea of time really made an impact on how I thought about the choices that I was making. Realizing the different paces of every events in life. After considering what Susan Kaiser says,”To me, the question,”What grade was that?” cannot be separated from the question,”Where was I?”(179). I made me think think about time in a personal way and how personal timelines of the events in our lives shape our dress practices. Whether due to age or life events I never really considered these ideas until taking this class. My whole outlook on fashion has shifted in a way because I didn’t realize how many external factors cause everything to be a certain way. How each idea builds off of each other and how fashion is basically a snap shot of a person in a time that is affected by certain factors. After learning about all these different topics I have discovered that fashion isn’t just what people wear but why people wear what they wear.
Susan Kaiser, “Fashion and Cultural Studies”, Bloomsbury (2012), 179