Learning Portfolio Post #1

The first aphorism I chose was “fashion is not necessarily spectacular (though it often conforms to the theory of the society of the spectacle), it can also be demotic, ordinary, mundane, routine and humble. It is the stuff of the ethnographer and the anthropologist.” This aphorism means that fashion is not only about being remarkable or impressive but it can also be about the ordinary clothes that people wear everyday in different cultures. Fashion has been often associated with high-end or artistic fashion brands and overlooked the fact that fashion is always inextricably linked with people all over the world. Even if the clothing is common, there are various historical and cultural meanings and contexts behind every clothing. Therefore, fashion is not only limited to art and design but also has its significance as an anthropological subject. I agree with this aphorism because fashion is a very complex social phenomenon that is related to everyone and the historical and cultural significance of what we wear in everyday life is also an important part of fashion. Another aphorism I chose was “fashion can be about confirmation, of self and others. But it is also about anxiety, ambiguity and worry. As an aid to understanding psychological complexities it is unsurpassed.” This aphorism is saying that fashion is also affected by social acceptance by others. Fashion can act as a very personal statement, but there are also certain rules and custom that one should follow as a member of society. Because what people wear is the most evident aspect to others, the anxiety or worry of being alienated and the desire to be ambiguous among the social community the person involved in affect how people dress. I agree with this statement because fashion has a significant role in social relations as a medium that connects people and simultaneously separate people.

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