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Dress and Identity

Sandra Lee Evenson

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

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Dress is a visual form of communication. Before two people are close enough to each other to exchange words, they communicate a world of information (or misinformation) through dress. They may register gender, age, ethnic origin, income, social status, rank, occupation, group membership, sexual availability, personality, opinions, beliefs, tastes, interests, and mood. Some scholars have suggested that because so much information is exchanged through the medium of dress, face-to-face social intera

Aging

Nora M. MacDonald

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

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Clothing serves as a source of ego support, self-image enhancement, social acceptability, and personality expression throughout a person’s life. Problems occur, however, when appropriate clothing is not available or marketed to certain segments of the population, particularly older persons and those with a disability. Design problems may relate to the fit, cut, function, and appropriateness of the item(s), while marketing problems may relate to communicating the product(s) to the consumer. Fashio

Children and Adolescents in the United States

Jo Barraclough Paoletti

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. The United States and Canada 2010

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Children’s clothing can be especially revealing of a culture’s beliefs and values because it is so often used not only to signify the wearer’s identity and group association but also to teach cultural patterns to the young. The fashions worn by North American children and youth reveal a history of increasing emphasis on individuality expressed through consumer goods.

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