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How does fashion create identities ?
 
My mother always said, "You can tell what a person is like based on what he or she is wearing." Was there any truth in her words? Clothes do define a person in many ways. In the past, clothes were the easiest article on the body to make a statement, to stand out from the masses, to convey a message and many more. Some examples of these 'standing out' became very popular and were followed by more people. This was the moment when fashion appeared.

Nowadays, fashion is sometimes defined as a 'constantly changing trend, favored for frivolous rather than practical, logical or intellectual reasons'. I can imagine the images of fashion catwalks where fashion houses display the season's hottest hits, and many are almost impossible to wear, yet these pieces are evaluated, commented and practically obsessed by the fashion world each time a fashion show date arrives. Nevertheless, clothing has become an integral part of self-realization of every person.

The type of clothing completely depends on the person who is wearing it, therefore, it becomes a reflection of his perception of himself, which leads us to the term - personal identity. The choice of clothing is as important as identification through the color of hair, height, skin and gender. Clothing nowadays is a media of information about the person wearing it. It is like a code that needs a decryption in order to understand what kind of person is underneath it. As every cloth carries a strong message about its owner, every owner places a certain value in it, depending on his temperament, mindset or today's mood. Therefore, the clothing of a person is a means of communication with the outside world of the identity he or she wishes to portray to the world on that day.

Clothes have an immense impact on the perception of people around and on the perception of the person wearing them too. A suit can make a person feel more confident and organized, which would eventually change even the gestures and the manner of talking of the person. Wearing jeans after a suit may change the conduct of a person to a very liberal and feeble one. The perception of people around can be very predictable in terns of their reaction on a person wearing this or that style of clothing.

Fashion is one of the most powerful means of communication, which sometimes may play a vital role in the life of a person; it especially concerns the cases of getting a desired job. The preference is always given to people who dressed in 'business style', personifying their dignity and seriousness in everything. This is one of the primary reasons that even the smallest companies make wearing a suit one of their requirements for their employees. Do you remember shaking your head in amazement that people put on suits in our tropical climate? Now you know why. The customers feel more confident in such 'consultants' too. So fashion is a very important instrument to manipulate people's perceptions of social class, culture and even gender.

It is no surprise to any of the people who at least know what fashion is that the clothes that people wear are usually very symbolic. The symbolism of clothing is another part of delivering the message that a person tries to put into it. Every observable symbol may carry a deeper meaning that it is visually understandable. Expression of symbols through clothing is a very popular tendency nowadays. For instance, a man with a tiger on his T-shirt may seem aggressive to one person, and a Green Peace member for another. A bird may be a symbol of freedom. In the present day, actual statements that directly spell out certain ideas are very popular.

Fashion and identity are inseparable companions. Fashion, with all its symbolism and attributes, forms an outstanding base for personal and cultural identification. Identity is a necessary process of a healthy personality. It is a part of self-realization of a person that is so much required for finding a place in the life of every person. Fashion has become a tool for achieving harmony with the inner world and a way of revealing or concealing peculiarities. Fashion possesses a specific meaning, and the more diverse is the society around us, the more fashion trend will appear and surprise us. As long as it does not hurt people around, fashion symbols are acceptable. Therefore, fashion does create identity indeed.

     
 
 

 

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