Fashion History (50s to Present)

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INTRODUCTIONFashion is a unique social occurrence of humanity. Enveloping not only our material culture, but also many other sorts of our activities, including music, architecture, theatre, medication, etc.

To understand a particular historical era the meaning of fashion is very important. Fashion has its own theory, and not only theory of art. There is much more to this.

Fashion is something we deal with every day. Even people who say they don't care what they wear, choose clothes every morning that say a lot about them and how they feel that day.

Fashion is always changing, as well as music, videos, books, TV, etc. season to season, year to year, decade to decade.

There are lots of cultural icons that dedicate fashion, such as musicians, celebrities, actors, and also political figures and royalty. At the same time, clothes could be used as political weapon. For instance, in nineteenth century England, laws prohibited people from wearing clothes produces in France.

And during twentieth century communist revolutions, uniforms were used to abolish class and race distinctions.

"Clothes separate people into groups"1 This statement means that clothes reveal what groups people are in. For example, in high school, groups have names like goths, skaters, preps, herbs, etc. Styles show who you are, however they also create stereotypes and distance between groups. And acceptance or rejection of the style is the reaction to the society we live in.

"Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understand."2Fashion is a language which tells a story about the person who wears it.

The designers who create clothes and the people who wear them, are the first and last words in the language that is fashion.

"In the perspective of costume history, it is plain that the dress of any given period is exactly suited...