Clothing research is not a separately identifiable part of anthropology; it shares the general reorientation of the discipline and incorporates many frameworks and concerns from other disciplines that also study the dressed body. Museum-based research on textiles and cloth overlaps anthropological studies of dress, complicating disciplinary distinctions.Anthropologists are inspired by interdisciplinary scholarship on textiles and …

‘Death of Gender’ is one of the last example of what Jean Baudrillard called ‘the desire of ending’. After Feminism, in Queer perspective it seems that by death or birth of gender, Feminism besides the other identity-based movements faced with lost-orientation or in the best case, totally different problems. Different styles in clothing like jeans …

The anthropologists Mary Douglas and Baron Isherwood claim that ‘commodities are neutral and the way in which they are used social: they can be used as barriers or bridges.’There may be a reason for being skeptical about having a division between the commodity ‘in itself’ and its use. It should rather be said that use …

‘Identity’ is one of the seminal concepts for describing the function of fashion. Fashion allegedly contributes to the formation of identity. Our identities have become problematic – they are no longer something we take for granted. This is linked to a general focusing on self-realization.Self-realization is an extremely modern phenomenon. If, for example, you had …

It is always possible to say, as the fashion theorist Caroline Evans does, that fashion is capable of expressing the underlying interests circulating in culture, and that as such it is ‘a route to unpleasant truths about the world’. But what truths are these?Lipovetsky’s fashion person governs an absolutely negative freedom, but appears to lack …

One of the assumptions that have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic is that the pandemic has deterred violent extremist groups from pursuing their sinister agenda.This assumption is false. Even as human activities, mobility and interaction have been limited to a certain degree, there is evidence to suggest that violent extremist groups in certain countries remain …

Fashion is occasionally cast as art, but this is problematic. Some designers have appropriated aspects of art practice in their own work, but they remain within the structure of the fashion industry and use these borrowed methods to explore the nature of fashion itself. When, for example, in their early career, Viktor and Rolf decided …

Finkelstein (1996: 23) remarks that fashion is a versatile social and psychological mechanism that lacks a fixed point of origin. Lipovetsky and many others argue that fashion as a concept emerged as the phenomenon of fashion began. While clothes are almost universal, fashion is not. Fashion does not belong to all ages or to all …

By understanding imitation as a characteristic of fashion among many others, we learn that it requires a certain kind of social system for imitation to occur or for imitation to be ‘allowed’ to occur. Imitation is something that must be permitted by authority, which in turn implies the thrust toward equality that characterizes a modern …

In contrast to other classical sociologists who argue that imitation is a positive behavior, Veblen degrades the act of imitation since the imitation remains merely an imitation, that is a second-order, second-rate reproduction. Nothing can compensate for the lack of ‘real’ products such as ‘real’ pearls or ‘real’ silk; in other words, the materials employed …