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Week 3_Fashion and Class Formation

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Washington University in St. Louis
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Anthro 3331 - Anthropology of Clothing and Fashion

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Anthropology of Clothing and Fashion Fashion and Class Formation ANTHRO 3373 Dr Kedron Thomas Why do we wear clothes Adaptation to Environmental Conditions Adornment The inhabitant of both sexes in this island and in all the others which I have seen or of which I have received information go always naked as they were born with the exception of some of the women who use the covering of a leaf C Columbus 1493 Evolu on of Dress The second Inca wore a red headdress decorated with feathers and the fourth Inca s coat of arms and sallet were dark blue his mantle was red and his shirt was blue in the top and was decorated with three stripes Pome de Ayala 1615 Histories of Clothing Sartorial regimes Sophisticated systems of social classification Gender rank power Nakedness deployed as sign of barbarism by civilizing group What is Fashion The Dialec c synthesis thesis Georg Simmel Fashion 1957 an thesis The Fashion Dialec c fashion imita on Georg Simmel Fashion 1957 individuality Fashion and Class Forma on Fashion is a product of class dis nc on Fashion is found therefore in socie es where status dis nc ons are present and all the more in socie es that are more highly developed Primi ve Socie es Strong socializing impulse Di eren a on based on hos lity no desire for imita on LiEle dis nc on between classes within a given community The fashions of the upper classes develop their power of exclusion against the lower in propor on as general culture advances p 546 Women and Fashion Women are more involved in fashion and the style innova on because They occupy a weak social posi on They must generally conform to custom to feel a part of the group They strive for individualiza on in more frivolous areas of life Fashion is the valve through which woman s craving for some measure of conspicuousness and individual prominence nds vent when its sa sfac on is denied her in other elds p 551 General Theory Individuality vs imita on unity Fashion supplements a person s lack of importance



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