Fashion and Lifestyle

Fashion and Lifestyle

Systems of fashion and cycles of popularity percolate through contemporary life. Styles, conventions, and dress codes can be identified in all groups, including subcultures, ethnic groups, alternative lifestyles, workplace and leisure cultures, and in all the mundane places and institutions of everyday life. While some parts of the everyday fashion system are directly attuned to elite fashion codes, most aspects have an indirect, oppositional or remote relationship with elite fashion. There is little in common between a secretary, homemaker or law-enforcement officer and a habitué of the seasonal Paris collections. To the latter, clothes are, indeed, ‘the poster for one’s act’ but to the former, clothes are predominantly shaped by one’s ‘rank, profession or trade’, characteristics which Wilson allocates to ‘pre-industrial’ clothing (Wilson 1985:242)

From “The Face of Fashion: Cultural Studies in Fashion”

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