Association of College Professors of Textiles and Clothing. ; International Textile and Apparel Association.
Development of a theoretical framework for understanding linkages between identity and dress depends on
careful selection and definition of terms and development of a broad, holistic view of Social Aspects of Dress. A
comprehensive definition of dress includes both body modifications and supplements to the body. Properties of
these modifications and supplements can be cross-classified with sensory responses they evoke. Because dress
functions as an effective means of communication during social interaction, it influences peoples’ establishing
identities of themselves and others. An individual’s self incorporates identities based on assigned and achieved
positions within social structures, especially those that organize kinship, economic, religious, and political
activities. Identities communicated by dress are also influenced by technology and society-wide moral and
aesthetic standards for dress. Specific types and properties of dress that communicate identity may change through
time in response to economic, demographic, and other societal changes.
Roach-Higgins, M.E. & Eicher, J.B. (1992). Dress and identity. Clothing & Textiles Research Journal, 10:4, p.1
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