1. What are the three cardinal attributes to define the sociologic phenomenon of fashion? Provide a definition in your own words, based on what you read of each attribute.
“In a comprehensive review of the sociology of fashion, Thomas Schnierer suggested three cardinal attributes to define the sociologic phenomenon of fashion: its temporal, social, and material aspects” (pg. 160). The temporal aspect refers to fashion trends that are not long lasting. These types of trends are quick changing and do not stick around for very long. The social aspect refers to our sense of fashion in our surroundings. The clothes we wear can communicate a lot to the world about what we are doing, who we are, and our attitude. Clothes can say so much about who someone is, as I learned in the Dressing Journals that our clothes can speak to the world. The material aspect refers physical elements. These real elements are items that can be altered to fit ones need.
2. What does it mean, “Fashion is Play” How do you play at fashion? Provide examples, and images.
Fashion is play because it is very sociable. Our clothes can communicate our different attitudes and feelings with people and our surroundings. Clothes are also playful with different styles. We play with different styles until we find one that we really like. Even then we continue to play with our style and our clothes. Playing with fashion makes it fun. “Fashion changes its character when it is taken too seriously, when it lacks the characteristics of play, when it pretends to be more than it is” ( pg. 163-163). Fashion is much better when it is playful, if it weren’t playful then it would be boring.
3. Define the Histrionic Attitude and Schizoid Attitude towards Fashion. Provide examples from your own experience.
The historic attitude and the schizoid attitude have very different attitudes towards fashion, “one gives fashion too much attention, and the other condemns it” (pg. 166). The historic attitude towards fashion is largely dependent on the opinions of others. They put in extra effort and time to appear fashionable. The historic attitude can be seen amongst the majority of society. I have fallen into this attitude at times where I care to fit in at specific social settings. The schizoid attitude towards fashion does not care very much about what others think about them .They do not follow trends and to tend be alone and quiet. People with this type of attitude can be seen as lazy. I do not think that it is always lazy though, I think that it takes time to not follow trends and have a unique style.