Dress as a Social Record
Author: Buck, Anne
Source: Folk Life - Journal of Ethnological Studies, Volume 14, 1976 , pp. 5-26(22)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Fashionable dress presents a sequence of changes, a pattern in time. But in any period, or at any moment of time, the dress of society as a whole presents a pattern much more complex. The visual evidence of this complexity is everywhere around us now, in the division between generations, the particular generation in which another distinction, that of sex, almost disappears, the uncertain divisions of class, the difference between city and city, between two streets in the same city, the suggestions of different ways of life. The relationship of this pattern to earlier and later patterns, from which and into which it flows, reveals more about society than the single pattern of changing fashion.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1976-01-01