As part of my senior thesis project, I wrote a literature review regarding fashion theory and its relation to identity politics. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart. Give it a read if you dare!
Fashion as a Means of Identity Expression
The works on fashion theory that I have selected examine clothing as a way to both stand out from, and fit in with, certain cultural norms, making clothing an indicator of personal identity and public representation. I have split these theories into the following sections: identity and agency, group identification, culturally situated standards, class, and the development of clothing trends. Additionally, I have selected various ethnographic works on clothing that differ in terms of place and date in order to include a diverse sample. Through reviewing this literature, it is my goal to assess various fashion theories in order to apply them to the distinct ethnographies…
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