Different Theories of Clothing and Fashion

Clothing and Fashion

One of the earliest theories that formed the clothes’ hypotheses was the shame/modesty theory. This ancient theory is also known as the fig leaf theory, based on the story in the Bible. Genesis asserts that Adam and Eve realize they are naked after consuming fruit from the famous tree ( you all know the story). And in shame, they both carefully stitched clothes out of fig leaves, hence the pseudonym fig leaf theory.

Many people started considering shame to be the only reason behind clothing and fashion, but as time flew by, people read more and, hence, offered many different theories. Arguments said that clothing existed merely to protect one’s body from the environment’s threats. Other opinions stated that humans created clothing and fashion to display the beauty of one’s body and created sexual attraction.

Humans discovered clothing eons ago. From the pre-historic days of Indus Valley Civilisation, there have been stone carvings that depict clothing and fashion as one of the major love-affair humans had with life.

The discovery of a 500-year old male corpse on a glacier on the Austrian-Italian border also nicely revealed such. The body was covered in a fur cap, a loincloth, a leather cap, and real leather shoes. These clothes were probably there to protect against the harsh winds. Decorating one’s own body often affords satisfaction to humans. It is seen that people started adorning themselves much before they began clothing. Early age signs of decoration included tattoos and painting, and even expensive jewelry. Numerous cave paintings from Oceania Islands have proven this fact.

Contemporary researchers now state that clothing symbolizes one’s identity and communicates nonverbally. Clothing in a few societies is as utilitarian as language. It represents a person’s gender, age, ethnicity, marital status, occupation, and social status. Clothing reveals some data about an individual’s personality and financial standing. If a lady is dressed in blue jeans and is adorning a frilly flowered top, she is apparently trying to state that she wants to look more casual. On the other hand, a person wearing a T-shirt which an NBA team’s name on the shirt, then its very likely that the person is a basketball fan (Go Lakers).

The economy of one’s culture, society, and traditions also stimulate what one wears. According to many faithers, only the elite class can wear certain clothes, whereas the others cannot. Democracies today also share the same figures. Well-off people are dressed in fine designer clothes, representing a social status. Uniforms are another class of clothing that depicts one’s occupation (army, navy and airforce). They are most likely to be worn by students, police, the army and so and so forth. Events also affect what one wears; for instance, unique clothes are made just for marriages and its sequels in many societies. Sportswear is another clothing class that is made to provide easy movement and protection during games such as basketball, soccer, tennis, etc.

Clothing has now stretched to a much diverse meaning. In colleges, the most popular students wear something extraordinary, which makes them stand out as opposed to the young adults called nerds. This difference defines the boundaries between these two kinds of groups.

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