TC165-16 - Postmodernism in Dress ’I—f— eclectic...

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Unformatted text preview: Postmodernism in Dress _ ’I—f— eclectic / 7‘50 ‘5 Consumers pick from a wide array of styles and influences (cultural, ethnic, lifestyle, political, price levels, brands) to produce their appearances. Eclectic combinations may appear in one outfit or may be found in the variety within a person’s wardrobe. nostalgic Styles popular in previous decades and historical eras are re- interpreted and incorporated in present-day dress. Old things (needlework, crafts, antiques) are valued because they are old and rare, not necessarily because of the original meanings of the things. , Nostalgia is eclectically combined into appearance styles. questioning of rules Traditional ways of doing things are questioned. Conservative aesthetic rules may be vioiated, gender symbols may be borrowed across sexes, casual may be worn for formal situations, etc. simulations valued It is no longer uncool to wear fake or manufactured versions of natural materials. Technological innovation allows us to make desirable substitutes, as well as to "simulate” and unnaturally produce the body we want through cosmetic surgery, liposuction, drug treatments, etc. The four categories of postmodern appearance trends are not mutually exclusive. One appearance can contain elements that are eclectic, nostalgic, questioning, and simulating. And one aspect of appearance can relate to several of the categories. This allows postmodern consumers a wide array of choice, but also makes meanings of dress and rules for dress highly uncertain. Getting dressed has become complex. >//fl§rdhf' aft/“(r {74"}!(‘4 «Ix flhc‘ (4“ ...
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