The readings related to consumers and how people who buy clothing can interpret it in different ways. These readings relate to what we have been discussing in class. Different cultures have various ways of wearing clothing. For example, in the “Work of Consumption” article, they say ” The Cultural constraints on women’s dress practices are far more pronounced than on men, who can create a smooth, continuous line, enveloping their bodies to perfection with the combination of suit, shirt, and tie(323.)” Women are looked at more carefully and judged on what they wear. We have discussed in class how women are categorized as certain types of people or from certain social economic backgrounds based on what they are wearing. However, on the other hand men aren’t judged as much and can get away with wearing something simple.
In other countries and cultures, clothing and the way a woman presents herself has a lot to do with how she is viewed by others and her identity. For example, in China a women’s hair and shoes serve as ways of bringing up topics like morality, and national spirit. Everything from clothes to shoes and accessories can be interpreted as certain messages. People can relate certain looks with certain stereotypes. If a woman wears heels that is viewed as dressed up but if a woman wore long leather boots with a skirt or something revealing, they would be judged as showing a different message. Nowadays, there are many stores and fashion places that sell clothes that are inspired by different cultures. I know that Forever 21 is one of them. Many times when I got into Forever I see very colorful dresses or shirts that remind me of clothing that I have seen in Mexico. This is an example of something I would consider a Mexican inspired dress. The bright colors and flowers are what makes it resemble something that people in that country would wear. You can see these type of dresses when you go to the markets in Mexico.
I’ve also seen clothes that look like clothes that people would where from Asia or other countries.
This shirt is called Mayan Princess Tunic. I think that they included the name “Mayan” in the title because that is what they think would resemble the Mayan people and culture. Just like with the “Studio and Soiree” article where they talked about the Chinese Dragon Robes and how they were to show what status the people wearing it had. A lot of fashion that we have today is brought from outside cultures and countries. Many people are inspired by what used to be significant dress of that country or culture.