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Fashion & Identity

A discussion presentation based on the question of whether fashion impacts one's identity.

Lizzie Traub

on 15 March 2011

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Transcript of Fashion & Identity

Why do we make these assumptions? "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." "It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."
-Oscar Wilde Fashion & Identity Victorian Era Social status could be clearly seen by simply looking at an individual's clothing, as mandated by the rigid social standards of the time. Along with distinctive dress came distinctive assumptions and prejudices. So, what does this mean about society today? QUESTIONS (maybe some answers...maybe) Do people dress in a certain way in an act of defiance or conformity? BOTH Does dressing like others have an impact on one's identity & if so, can this make one's fashion choices a form of collective identity? "To partake of a collective identity is to reconstitute the individual self around a new and valued identity."
-Aldon D. Morris & Carol McClury Mueller Do you agree and think that fashion can foster a collective identity? "A collective identity is a public pronouncement of status...But it is more than that. It is also an individual announcement of affiliation, of connection with others."
-Aldon D. Morris & Carol McClury Mueller "Can't judge a book by its cover."
"Looks can be deceiving."
"The first page doesn't tell the whole story."
"It's not what's on you; it's what's in you."
"Just because you sit in a garage it doesn't make you a car." "In previous centuries, clothing was the principle means of identifying oneself in a public space. Depending on the period, various aspects of identity were expressed in clothing in Europe and the United States, including occupation, regional identity, religion, and social class."
-Diana Crane Does this collective identity change over time? Hats "With the right hat, nothing else matters." "As a singer I tried on all these hats, these voices, these clothes, and eventually out came me." "Leave everyone wondering which is the more interesting piece of work...you or your hat." "I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality. Why just be yourself?"
-Margaret Atwood
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