Blog #3 More than Fashion

Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada? No, how about Express, Armani, and Guess ? We all know what comes to mind when we hear those words, we think of fashion, swag, self identity  standards, and so on. Fashion is indeed a world wide phenomena, we have so many variations of what fashion is. Mainly in the U.S. fashion is about the “name” or it’s what you feel represents you. Now Georg Simmel thinks of fashion in relation to social life. To him we all use fashion to be unique and end up falling within the crowds of our surroundings. But don’t  classify fashion strictly to what we see in the U.S. Let’s take a look at what is going on Seoul  !

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0wWKjxxM6q8&noredirect=1

 

Here we have a more extreme involvement with the idea of fashion. South Korean women and men are truly into fashion for the soul purpose of looking good and standing out, seems normal. But WAIT there’s a twist ! Let’s push the limits of what fashion is to physical features ! The women of south Korea go through physical torture so they can mutate their body to be able to look more western like. This is a regular practice and is given as gifts from parents to many of their daughters at the age of 16. So does this classify under Simmel’s though on Fashion ? Or is this to extreme to be considered fashion ?

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One response to “Blog #3 More than Fashion

  1. I am not sure, but perhaps saying that it is not the capital in capitalism that generates the difficulties which are encountered but rather the corruption related to it is similair to saying that its not the soft drink which causes Type II diabetes, but the sugar in it. People are the common catylist in any form of social order, so I don’t think that aspect can be surgically removed from the equation.

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