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Arts, fashion.  ---  .This section is about  fashion.  Topics include: ( ) Communication and fashion.  ( ) Ecology and fashion.  ( ) Fashion as body modification.  ( ) Men's fashion.  ( ) Psychology of fashion.  ( ) Sociology of fashion.  ( ) Technology and fashion.  ( ) Teen fashion.  ( ) Women's fashion.  ---  1/24/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  (1) Fashion as costume.  Its Halloween out there everyday.  (2) Fashion as acting.  See notes on movie acting.  See notes on social acting.  ---  4/18/2001

Arts, fashion.  ---  (1) Fashion as self expression.  This is the psychological side of fashion.  Fashion as a daily aesthetic decision, even if no one else sees it.  (2) Fashion as communication.  This is the social side of fashion.  In terms of semiotics, fashion is more of a simple signal than a complex symbolic language.  (3) Fashion as technology.  The technological side of fashion is captured by the notion of fashion as body modification.  ---  1/14/2002

Arts, fashion.  ---  (1) Fashion as the expression of mood is bullshit because you need tons of outfits to have a decent palette.  (2) Fashion as expression of uniqueness and specialness is ok because you need only one wild outfit.  Like Holden Caufield's hunting cap.  (3) Fashion as an expression of individuality is good.  "I dress myself.  No one dresses me."  I am my own person.  ---  11/16/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  (1) Fashion is important because clothes are important.  Clothes are important because the weather gets cold and hot.  (2) The future of clothes.  (A) Summer.  A cooling outfit made from very light fabric, kept continually wet by drip from shoulder water tanks, to avoid summer heat induced insanity.  (B) Winter.  Very thin long underwear that feels comfortable outdoors and indoors.  ---  11/10/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  (1) In humans, women are more interested in fashion than men.  (2) More time and money is given to fashion than is warranted.  (3) Fashion is primarily a social display to show fitness to get and keep a mate.  Fashion is like the feathers of a peacock.  Fashion is an evolutionary adaptation.  ---  10/28/2001

Arts, fashion.  ---  Accessories: shoes, jewelry, bags, shades.  Hair: color, length, shape, texture, straight, curly.  Face: makeup, mustashes and beards.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Artistic elements.  Clothes are sculptural.  Moving sculpture.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Artistic elements.  Fit:  Baggy vs. tight.  Long vs. short.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Artistic elements.  Line, shape, color, texture, lay or movement.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  As clothes became more various, cheaper, and more plentiful, how did it affect fashion trends?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  At what point in the evolutionary history of humans did people start covering up with clothes?  When was the first loin cloth?  ---  4/16/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  Audrey is fine.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Baubles and trinkets, mementos and souvenirs, geegaws and thingamajigs, watchamacallits.  ---  12/30/1995

Arts, fashion.  ---  Blue and silver vs. gold and black.  North vs. south.  Poor vs. rich.  ---  11/01/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  Casual and formal fashion.  (1) Casual clothes for work that are ecological and organic is the way to go.  (2) Suits and ties are monkey suits.  People should realize that one's self-worth and social worth are not based on the latest fashions.  ---  3/30/1998

Arts, fashion.  ---  Change in fashion.  (1) Leaders: individuals, experimenters, avante garde.  (2) Trend setters: ones everyone follows, gate keepers.  (3) Followers.  ---  09/01/1994

Arts, fashion.  ---  Clothes are like a second skin.  ---  1/1/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  Communication and fashion.  (1) Fashion as billboard (ex. T-shirts with slogans and logos on them).  (2) Clothes to reflect philosophy.  (3) How much can you say with clothes?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Communication and fashion.  Fashion is about communication, that is, "speaking" (wearing clothes) and "listening" (seeing the clothes other people wear).  In this regard there are four fashion problems: (1) Some people don't know how to talk the language.  (2) Some people don't want to talk.  (3) Some people don't have anything to say.  (4) Some people speak different languages.  ---  2/22/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  Communication and fashion.  Semiotics and clothes.  (1) The meaning outfits carry change through time, just like the meanings of words change through time, depending on how they are used.  (2) Also, the meaning of an outfit, just like words, depends on the context in which it it's used.  ---  10/23/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  Contra Logos.  Buy clothes without logos.  If unable to find clothes without logos, remove or deface any logos on your clothes.  ---  1/31/2004

Arts, fashion.  ---  Current fashion palette.  What's hot: earth brown, sky blue and forest green.  What's not: blood red and funeral black.  ---  10/27/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Cutting edge fashion is of two types.  High tech fashion, that places function over form.  Couture fashion, that places form over function.  ---  12/29/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Cutting edge fashion.  New materials.  New colors.  New cuts, lines and shapes.  ---  12/29/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Ecological fashion practices.  (1) Hemp is preferable to cotton because cotton requires pesticides and lots of water.  (2) Natural fabrics are better than synthetic fabrics because synthetic fabrics are made from oil.  (3) Organic natural fabrics are better than non-organic natural fabrics.  (4) Recycled synthetic fabrics are better than non-recycled synthetic fabrics.  ---  10/10/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Ecological fashion, levels of.  (1) A fashion of natural materials.  (i.e., non-man-made materials).  (2) A fashion of materials not based on the slaughter of animals. (i.e., no leather, no fur).  (3) A fashion based on organic, non-animal, natural materials.  ---  11/1/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Ecological fashion.  Natural fibers.  Organic fibers.  Recycled synthetic fibers.  ---  12/29/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Ecological fashion.  The current US fashion industry is entrenched in a non-ecological, "profit first" fashion mentality.  The current US fashion industry should be more ecological.  A variety of carrots and sticks (incentives and penalties) should be used to get clothes manufacturers and consumers to make clothes that are more ecological and that promote social justice to avoid things like foreign sweatshops.  ---  10/12/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Ecology and fashion.  Fashion should be ecological.  ---  3/29/2002

Arts, fashion.  ---  Emotional meaning of color vs. symbolic idea meaning of clothes.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Ethics, politics and fashion.  Fashion is an ethical issue.  Fashion is a political issue.  Everything is an ethical issue.  Everything is a political issue.  Dress in a way that is ecologically sustainable and promotes social justice.  ---  12/16/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Factors.  (1) Feel: how a fabric feels on skin.  (2) Breathability.  Weight.  Warmth.  Flow vs. stiffness.  (3) Texture: rough, smooth.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion and environment: temperature, precipitation, wind, and sun.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion and subcultures: hippie, nerd, preppy, jock, each subculture has a semiotic fashion code that it uses to communicate with those inside and outside the group.  ---  09/01/1994

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as body modification.  Body.  (1) Body sculpting, working out, plastic surgery.  (2) Body adornment: piercings, tattoos, scarification.  (3) What your body looks like affects how the clothes you wear look.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as body modification.  Dieting oneself thin.  Eating oneself fat.  These are examples of body modification.  ---  10/9/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as body modification.  Hormones are sometimes misused beyond medical prescription, and often in the face of health drawbacks.  Four examples:  Males taking extra testosterone.  Males taking extra estrogen.  Women taking extra testosterone.  Women taking extra estrogen.  There is not much difference between the above four cases.  They are four examples of body modification.  ---  10/9/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as body modification.  Makeup is a type of body modification and it fits in with the other forms of body modification such as clothes, jewelry, tattoos, piercings, bio-mechanical devices (ex. peg legs, breast implants, plastic surgery, etc.), and bio-electronic devices (ex. hearing aids, artificial eyes, etc.).  Body modification is about controlling who you are and creating who you are.  (1) Controlling who you are: To take control over your body (and mind) is to not let someone else, or society, or life take control of you.  To control your body (and mind, behavior and environment) is to take responsibility for self, to care for self, and to develop and grow self.  (2) Creating who you are: Clothes let you create a new you.  Examples include alien hairstyles, halloween costumes, gorilla suits and transgenders.  ---  4/3/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as body modification.  Tattoos are an interesting phenomenon.  There are many reasons why people get tattoos.  (1) You like or love something so much that you get a tattoo.  For example, a tattoo of your girlfriend's name on your arm.  You say "I carry her with me always".  You say, "She is now a part of me".  You say, "I want the world to know".  (2) As a memory.  For example, a memento mori such as "RIP".  (3) You identify so much with something that you get a tattoo.  For example, to get a tattoo of a national flag, or a corporate logo.  You say, "I am proud to be a member of this group".  You say, "I believe what this group believes".  (4) As a canvas for artistic expression.  (A) As a thing of beauty.  For example, a woman gets a tattoo of a flower and she says "This flower is beautiful".  Or she says, "This flower makes me more beautiful".  Or she says, "I am beautiful".  (B) As a thing of toughness or coolness.  For example, you get a tattoo of a mongoose.  You say, "This mongoose is tough and cool".  You say, "This mongoose makes me more tough and cool".  You say, "I am tough and cool".  ---  7/10/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as body modification.  Three views on plastic surgery.  (1) Pro view:  We have the right to self-determination.  We can change ourselves.  We can build ourselves.  We can create ourselves.  Everything is for sale these days.  (A) Beauty is for sale: plastic surgery.  (B) Health is for sale: organic food.  (C) Knowledge is for sale: school.  (D) Strength is for sale: gym.  (E) Also gene therapy, tattoos, and digital chip implants.  (2)  Contra view:  We have no choice in who we are.  We must accept the natural injustices that give one person an unfair advantage over another.  (3) Neutral view:  Accepting yourself as you are.  Being proud of who you are naturally.  Not being prey to society's stupid tastes, fads and fashions.  ---  8/1/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as body modification.  When one considers the many types of body modification, it becomes apparent that body modification is very popular across all cultures.  People want to change themselves, either temporarily or permanently.  Body modification will get even more popular as new options for modification of the body are developed.  ---  1/10/2002

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as environment.  Fashion as controlling one's environment.  The clothes you wear are your immediate environment.  To choose the clothes one wears is to choose one's environment.  ---  2/25/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as function, as beauty, as communication, as social fad (to look alike vs. be different).  ---  01/01/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion as technology.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion for fitting in vs. fashion for standing out.  Mob psychology, groupthink, and fascism vs. celebrating differences, rainbow coalition, and tolerance.  ---  7/2/1998

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion is about a layer that mediates between your body and the environment.  (1) Protects from outside.  Temperature control.  Humidity level regulation.  Precipitation shield.  (2) Handles the inside.  Deals with body sweat.  Deals with shedding skin.  (3) Somewhat like a space suit.  ---  10/15/2004

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion is construction of an image to either communicate an attitude (emotion + thought) or to achieve catharsis.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Fashion materials:  Plastic.  Rubber.  Metal.  Stone.  Wood.  Glass.  ---  3/13/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Future fashion.  (1) If my clothes had the ability to change color, I could wear the same clothes everyday and have different color clothes everyday.  (2) If my clothes had the ability to change shape then I could wear the same clothes everyday and have different shape clothes everyday.  ---  10/15/2004

Arts, fashion.  ---  High tech and low tech fashion.  (1) High tech fashion.  Examples:  Running shoes.  Gore-tex.  Electrically heated jackets.  Computers in clothes.  (2) Low tech fashions.  Examples:  Buttons instead of zippers.  Hand knit wool sweaters.  ---  1/21/2004

Arts, fashion.  ---  If everyone decided to wear a new set of clothes everyday then it would be a tremendous waste of natural resources.  ---  1/1/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  In prehistoric times it was important to see who one was standing next to.  Prehistoric man was constantly looking at other people to see if they were someone who was, for example, strong or weak, young or old, male or female.  In these modern times we wear clothes but we continue the prehistoric practice of observing the people next to us.  The clothes become the body that we observe.  ---  1/30/2002

Arts, fashion.  ---  Individual and fashion.  (1) My fashion history.  (2) What I wear and not and why.  (3) What I think of other people and clothes.  (4) What I like to see on a woman.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Is it possible for guys to dress sexy?  How can a guy tell what a girl thinks is sexy?  Show shape, show skin, sexy fabrics and colors.  How turned on do women get from guys dressing sexy?  ---  09/20/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  It does not make sense to wear clothes that look nice if the clothes are harmful to the wearer, harmful to the environment, exploits animals, or exploits workers.  ---  12/2/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Just like the books you read can shape your attitudes, personality and philosophy, so can the clothes you wear shape your attitudes, personality and philosophy.  In this way fashion is most like high art.  First you may latch onto a "look" and a feeling of a fashion statement, and from this may emerge an "attitude", an idea, and eventually a worldview.  This is also why picking your own clothes is so important.  Even at a young age, or especially at a young age.  ---  12/20/1998

Arts, fashion.  ---  Leather is murder, so stop wearing leather.  Fur is murder, so stop wearing fur.  ---  10/19/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Leather is pretentious.  Vinyl is friendly in an unassuming way.  ---  01/12/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Loose versus tight.  Tight clothes are about the body.  The tightest clothes are skin tight, or body painting, or naked.  The loosest clothes are a sack, or a barrel, or a box, or refusing to come out of your apartment, which is like wearing an extra large box.  ---  3/5/2007

Arts, fashion.  ---  Many people are obsessed with personal appearance.  It is a mistake to value appearance over substance.  ---  1/1/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  Many people are overly concerned with fashion.  One reason that many people are overly concerned with fashion is because many people subconsciously associate fashion as an extension of hygiene.  Many people are obsessed with the hygiene of themselves and others.  People mistakenly and subconsciously associate new clothes with clean clothes, and clean clothes with general cleanliness, and cleanliness with moral goodness.  At some point, obsession with fashion becomes like people who wash their hands fifty times a day due to obsessive compulsive disorder.  ---  1/1/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  I do not wear a watch.  I do not wear any rings or chains.  I do not have any tattoos.  I do not put gel in my hair.  I do not like to wear any labels and logos.  Unadorned.  ---  9/12/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  I prefer the long and loose style of clothing.  Not the tight and short style of clothing.  Baggy, not constricted.  ---  11/7/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  My current fashion style: non-descript.  ---  6/4/2001

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  My fashion aesthetic is not to wear anything that needs ironing, or that restricts movement, or that is not comfortable (i.e., that is not loose, or not natural fabrics), or that is not unobtrusive (i.e., calls attention to self).  ---  01/07/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  Paul fashion aesthetic, and history of Paul fashion aesthetic.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  Paul favorites: t shirt, boxers, jeans, white cottons socks.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  Paul style: loose, baggy.  ---  01/01/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  Me.  Paul's current fashion aesthetic.  T shirts: black, blue, gray, green.  Blue jeans, cool shoes, blue collar windbreaker, cotton socks.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Men's fashion is dogmatic, boring, and neurotic.  Men's fashion: all function, no form.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Men's fashion.  (1) Any culture that requires one to shave everyday, and get one's haircut every two weeks, is ill.  It is a waste of time, energy, money and resources.  Just let your hair grow naturally.  (2) Not being able or allowed to cut your own hair is a weird state of affairs, like not being able to wash yourself.  ---  7/17/1998

Arts, fashion.  ---  Men's fashion.  Ties run the spectrum from strict regimentation (ducks in a row) to wild organic chaotic colors and forms (expressionistic, impressionistic).  ---  06/17/1994

Arts, fashion.  ---  Men's fashion.  Ties: conservative, conformist, regimented vs. rebel, wild, fun (ex. American flag, leopard skin).  ---  09/20/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  Modeling.  Models don't talk.  Models just stand there and look pretty.  Anyone who takes money to keep their mouths shut is doing themselves and society an injustice.  Such is the negative side of modeling.  ---  10/15/2004

Arts, fashion.  ---  Modeling.  Why its better for models to be dim than pretty.  Successful modeling is based on the ability of the viewer to project their feelings and attitudes onto the model, to project themselves into the models place, into the models skin, and into the models clothes.  Projection is most easily achieved if the model has a "blank", expressionless face.  A blank face is most easily achieved if the model has no thoughts of her own.  Nothing says "blank" like the expressionless face of the dim.  That is why dim trumps beauty in the fashion world.  ---  8/30/2001

Arts, fashion.  ---  Most important idea.  The goal of fashion, which was long delayed by social norms and technological limits, but which recently has been reached for the most part, is the freedom to wear anything we want, and the technology to create anything we can think of.  Put this into practice by wearing all sorts of wild things that people might not consider as clothes.  ---  03/01/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Naked.  The big question is, naked or clothes?  ---  3/13/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Natural and artificial look.  (1) Natural look in fashion:  Little makeup.  Natural fabrics.  Natural colors.  Popular in the 1970's.   (2) Artificial look in fashion:  Heavy make up.  Synthetic fabrics.  Synthetic colors.  Popular in the 1980's.  ---  10/17/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  People who wear leather are starting to remind me of Ed Gein.  Natural, organic, plant-derived clothes are the way to go.  ---  11/23/2004

Arts, fashion.  ---  Pro and con fashion.  (1) Anti-fashion people.  (A) On the positive side, these people are anti-materialistic, anti-waste (against yearly arbitrarily changing fashions), and anti-formula (uniforms and trends).  (B) On the negative side, these people are repressed.  (2) Fashion people.  (A) Positive side: express self identity well.  (2) Negative: caught up in b.s. world meant to rob them of money.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Pro and con fashion.  (1) Contra fashion:  (A) The arbitrary changes every season just to sell product.  (B) The tremendous waste of money just so people can say they have the high status labels.  (C) The tremendous waste of money of people trying to express themselves with clothes.  You have to buy a ton of clothes to have a palette.  Put a button on for petes sake.  (D) The tremendous waste of money people spend so they don't have to be seen wearing the same thing twice.  You have to buy a ton of stuff.  (2) Pro fashion.  (A) It's fun to have choices.  It's fun to have a ton of goofy stuff.  It's nice to have different things to wear for different occasions.  (3) Is it just fun?  Or is it healthy.  Does fashion contribute to health?  Is the Mao suit repressive?  Does it stunt, stupefy, stullify?  (4) Couldn't the money spent on fashion be better spent elsewhere?  (5) And is not fashion (in the sense of 1A-D) a waste of natural resources?  Like cutting down christmas trees?  ---  01/12/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Psychology of fashion.  (1) How does your personality affect the clothes you pick?  How does what you wear affect your personality?  (2) Psychological affects on fashion choice vs. fashion affects on psychological state.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Psychology of fashion.  Fashion as expression of personality or mood.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Psychology of fashion.  Fashion for ourselves: catharsis.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Psychology of fashion.  Fashion style as a form of self identity development and expression.  How early do you buy your own clothes.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Pure art vs. pure function.  Functional clothes vs. aesthetic clothes.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Self identity and fashion.  (1) One day you put on some clothes and you say, "This is me.  This is who I am.  This feels good.  This looks good."  You create a self identity in part through your clothes.  The next day you put on some other clothes and you say, "This looks bad.  This feels bad.  This is not me.  This is not who I am."  You create a self identity in part by what you choose not to wear.  (2) In addition, the people around you who you interact with, and whose opinion you value to some degree, will look at you and make noises like, "That shirt is you, but that hat is not you."  Your local culture affects your sense of self.  (3) In addition, society at large, through the media, will also affect your  sense of self.  (4) Will you determine your own self identity or will you leave the formation of your self identity up to the random whims of society?  Forge your own self identity.  (5) Will you forge your self identity out of clothes alone, or will you move beyond clothes, and other physical objects, to forge your self identity out of ideas?  Forge your self identity out of ideas.  ---  5/30/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Self-heating clothing.  How could one heat the clothes instead of heating the entire room?  What would be the power source?  Electricity?  What about the wires?  How would one wash it?  How would rain affect it?  Is it easier to carry a small heater than to build the heater into the clothes?  If you carry a small heater, would the heater be something you wear under the clothes or would it be something you set up nearby?  (2) How about wearing headlamps instead of lighting entire rooms?  That's easy.  LED headlamps run a hundred hours on a set of rechargeable batteries.  ---  2/28/2004

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sexism and fashion.  When society expects women to wear one type of clothing and expects men to wear another type of clothing then that reflects sexism in fashion.  When women are expected, or even forced, to wear a veil, that is an example of sexism in fashion.  When women are expected to wear skirts and men are expected to wear pants, that is an example of sexism in fashion.  Sexism pervades every aspect of society including fashion, and sexism disempowers women.  The struggle against sexism is waged on all fronts including the fashion front.  Fashion should be gender neutral.  ---  5/14/2007

Arts, fashion.  ---  Social status and fashion.  People want to be rich or at least appear rich through the clothes they wear.  People want to be cool or at least appear cool through the clothes they wear.  People want to be popular or at least appear popular through the clothes they wear.  At the other extreme is geek chic and spaz wear; the pocket protector, the high water pants, the eyeglasses taped in center.  ---  10/17/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology and fashion.  People wear expensive clothes in a quest for social status.  ---  1/1/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  (1) Fashion for others: public relations.  (2) Trendy fashions vs. classic fashions.  (3) Tradition, norms, fads.  (4) Following vs. leading in fashion.  (5) Conformist vs. rebellious fashions.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  (1) Politics and fashion.  Fashion in pursuit of social status and power.  Fashion pecking orders (ex. school kids making fun of kids without new clothes).  Money = power.  (2) Sexuality and fashion.  Beautiful and sexy.  Fit and healthy.  (3) Communication and fashion.  ---  11/15/2001

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  Can you capture the zeitgeist in clothes, even if the zeitgeist was not strong enough to put a verbal label on?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  Dressing to show off, and dressing to get ahead.  Clothes as a display of wealth and status.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  Fashion as expression of social position.  Who must and can't wear what, classified by sex, class, and job.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  Fashion to say you belong to a group (wearing what others wear) vs. fashion to say you are an individual (wearing what no one else wears).  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  How does what you wear affect what people think of you?  How does what people think of you affect the clothes you wear?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Sociology of fashion.  Public clothes vs. private clothes.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Style.  American fashion.  The high school jacket, t-shirt, jeans or chinos, sneakers.  Winter look: the hooded sweatshirt under jean jacket under leather jacket.  ---  01/19/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Synthetic clothes.  (1) Synthetic clothes are high performance but it feels like you're wearing a plastic bag.  (2) Synthetic clothes send a message to others that says, "Plastic".  Natural fiber clothes send a message that says, "Natural".  ---  10/1/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Synthetic fabrics: bodies wrapped in plastic.  ---  11/1/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Tattoos.  Many people get tattoos to be different, special, unique.  More and more people are getting tattoos, and thus, people without tattoos are becoming a rarity.  I have no tattoos, and if I continue on this track, my lack of tattoos with eventually make me special and unique.  Quite ironic, isn't it?  ---  4/30/2007

Arts, fashion.  ---  Technology of fashion.  Fabric production.  Natural fabrics: cotton, wool, hemp.  Manmade fabrics: nylon, rayon, dacron, polyester.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Technology of fashion.  Functional clothes.  Clothes to deal with weather don't matter if you are always inside.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Technology of fashion.  Material: weave, weight, cut and shape, color and pattern.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Technology of fashion.  Types of clothes by function.  Flop around (sweats); neat and casual; business; formal; special purpose; bed clothes (lingerie and pajamas).  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Teen fashion, the aftermath.  What used to happen, in the 1950's and early 1960's, was the teens got older, entered the workplace and absorbed the values of a conservative workplace.  (1) They tried to fit in like interchangeable parts by wearing what everyone else was wearing.  They tried to appear stable by wearing the same thing every day.  Instead of trying to show their creativity, they tried to show their obedience.  (2) They got married and had kids, and they wore modest clothes that showed that they were no longer looking for a mate.  And they tried to wear clothes that set a respectable example for their kids.  To sum up, they became real boring, real fast.  However, today, in the business world, things are not as bad as all that.  ---  7/25/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  Teen fashion: funky, flash, loud and wild.  Other words used to describe teen fashion include cool, hip, friendly, quirky, unique, different.  Why do teens wear these kinds of clothing?  (1) Teens are poor and funky clothes are cheap.  (2) Teen are all about exploring boundaries and testing limits.  Wild clothes help them find out how far they can go.  (3) Flashy clothes help express psychological emotions and also help express physical energy, much like rock music, which is another teen favorite.  (4) Flashy clothes help a teen call attention to themselves in order to attract a mate.  ---  7/25/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  Teens are often fooled into thinking that the endless parade of fashions somehow has some meaning to it and perhaps even exhibits some form of progress.  So they try to follow fashion.  Then they eventually realize that fashion was not as meaningful as they thought, and they realize that no progress is made in fashion.  This is progress for the teens.  ---  7/25/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  The big fashion question:  Go naked, why not?  People don't want to see it.  People don't want to be it.  Why?  Clothes are used to create psychological distance, boundaries, defense, armor, barriers, and protection.  When you don't want others to see the real you.  When you don't want to see the real you (i.e., repression).  ---  4/3/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  The clothes I wear for work now have absolutely no functional value.  They have no functional value other than to cover my nudity, feel good on my body, and keep me warm.  Other than that, they are purely meant for (1) Art.  (A) Trying to be expressive of myself.  (B) Trying to be aesthetically pleasing to others.  (2) Symbolic communication.  Trying to send a message.  (3) Social conformity.  Fitting in to the group.  (4) Identity creation and identity communication.  To show where I am on the work group ladder, and what I aspire to be.  ---  08/12/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  The drive to appear attractive and fit for reproduction.  Youth = sexy.  Health = sexy.  Physical fitness = sexy.  Power = sexy.  Beauty = sexy.  Interesting (not boring) = sexy.  Sexy (frisky, horny) = sexy.  We use fashion to try to appear all of the above.  ---  10/28/2001

Arts, fashion.  ---  The entire concept of underwear is overrated.  ---  10/25/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  The fashion industry's meaningless change of styles from season to season and year to year.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Things people say about what other people are wearing.  (1) He's just wearing that to show-off that he has money.  (2) He's just wearing that to look good, but looks are not everything.  (3) He's just wearing that to be different.  (4) He's just wearing that to be like everyone else.  (5) He's just wearing that for the job, to get ahead.  (6) He's just wearing that for the chicks, to get laid.  ---  7/31/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  Three levels of fashion.  (1) Fashion as skin.  This view of fashion sees fashion as a surface-only phenomenon.  Changing your clothes is viewed as changing your skin, while the underlying structure remains the same.  Much like techies change the skin on their web browsers.  (2) Fashion as body modification.  This view of fashion sees fashion as a change of the physical self that goes deeper than the surface.  This is a view of fashion that sees fashion as a part of a spectrum of bodily changes that goes beyond the skin.  (3) Fashion as a sign of psychological changes.  This view of fashion focuses on the phenomenon that changes of mind cause changes in fashion.  Also, changes in fashion can cause changes in mind.  (4) Fashion as change of self-identity.  When you change body and mind you change yourself.  ---  6/26/2002

Arts, fashion.  ---  Two fashion statements.  I am an individual vs. I am part of the team.  ---  11/27/1999

Arts, fashion.  ---  Two views of fashion.  (1) Fashion as architecture.  Fashion as a house you wear.  Like a snail wears a shell.  Like a turtle wears a shell.  A built environment that you take with you.  (2) Fashion as a nesting instinct.  A nest you bring with you.  ---  3/29/2002

Arts, fashion.  ---  Unfortunately, some people use fashion as a wall or barrier to separate and insulate themselves from reality (the world and other people).  Barefoot nudism forever!  ---  6/28/1998

Arts, fashion.  ---  Uniforms can contribute to the abdication of personal responsibility.  ---  10/14/2003

Arts, fashion.  ---  Unisex adult vs. men's vs. women's.  Teen fashion.  Unisex child vs. boys vs. girls.  Unisex baby.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Wearing forest green is a political statement.  The Green Party.  ---  02/22/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  What is fashion?  Fashion as a subdivision of arts.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  When it is raining, and people buy newspapers to hold over their heads, that is fashion.  ---  4/16/2006

Arts, fashion.  ---  White is a stupid color for clothes and laundry.  ---  10/30/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Whoever invented white shirts, ties, creases, collars, cuffs, was sick.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Whoever the two were who invented ties, collars, cuffs and stockings and high heels are fu*king each other in hell.  ---  06/11/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women and clothes.  (1) All that women have available to spend money on is clothes.  Food is fattening.  Sports are for men.  (2) Clothes for women are beauty that can be bought.  (3) Women want something new and different yet there is safety in dressing like everyone else so they want to be the same but a little different and they want someone to tell them all what to wear.  ---  10/23/1993

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women in clunky platform shoes and tight, low cut, bell bottoms.  The 70's look is back.  ---  03/01/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion: all form, no function.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion.  Fashion camera shoot: Its about youth, beauty, women, clothes, hair, makeup, jewelry, movement, faces and facial expressions, body and body positions.  Its about legs, tits and ass.  Its about personalities.  Its about people.  ---  5/13/1999

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion.  One view.  Why are women so interested in fashion?  Because society expects them to be.  Not because they have a genetically based interest in fashion.  ---  5/6/1999

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion.  The women are wearing clothes for each other.  Because men have no concept of fashion beyond whether a woman looks sexy.  ---  9/24/2000

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion.  Three trends in NYC women's fashion.  (1) See-thru stuff.  (2) Wearing just lingerie.  Ex. slip without the dress.  (3) Underwear on the outside.  Ex. bra over blouse.  ---  08/17/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion.  Two theories why women love shoes.  (1) The baby theory.  A shoe is small and cute, analogous to the way babies are small and cute.  Women are attracted to shoes because shoes are like babies.  (2) The flower theory.  A shoe on a woman's foot is like a flower in a woman's hair.  Both shoes and flowers serve as decorative accents to a woman's beauty.  (3) To test the above two theories, I asked women whether they are attracted to the shoe as an object itself (baby theory), or are they attracted to the shoe on the foot (flower theory).  Most said they were attracted to the shoe as object, so therefore the baby theory holds sway.  (4)  (The question of why men are attracted to women's shoes and feet was not a part of this study).  ---  3/8/2001

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion.  When women buy clothes, are they trying to appear (1) Rich.  (2) Trendy and "With it".  (3) Beautiful.  (4) All of the above.  ---  10/10/1997

Arts, fashion.  ---  Women's fashion.  Why are women so into fashion?  (1) Emotional expression.  (2) Want to look pretty and attract men.  (3) Colors = feminine?  (4) It's a way for them to communicate.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, fashion.  ---  Wool.  In general, natural fiber clothing is better for the environment than synthetic fiber clothing.  Wool is a natural fiber.  But wool is a natural fiber derived from animals, namely sheep.  What are the objections to wool?  (1) An animal rights argument against wool.  Wool represents the wrongful domination of the sheep species by the human  species.  Even if you argue that wool-producing sheep are treated well, there is a counterargument that says enslavement is wrong even if the slave is treated well.  (2) An ecological argument against wool.  There is an overpopulation of humans on earth.  When humans wear wool there is a resulting overpopulation of sheep on earth.  Sheep produce a lot of waste that impacts the environment.  ---  11/21/2005

Arts, fashion.  ---  Work clothing aesthetic.  Cheap and long lasting.  Proletarian.  ---  08/15/1994

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