Fashion becomes a signifier of class structures. Such is the
nature of social class that the elite never mix well
with the commoners. We live under hegemonic structures,
whether we like to admit as much or not, and we use
fashion to not only preserve our differences but also to
legitimize them. When the well heeled order haute
couture, they order dresses that establish them as
different. Wearing that expensive outfit becomes a
statement that seals these differences once and for all.
Thus, fashion is used as a fence to keep away lesser
citizens by the elite. But it doesn't stop there. The
commoners use it as a bridge to become nearer to their
social superiors. This explains the almost pathological
rush towards designer labels taking place today, and
also leads to the branding of fashion as meaningless.
But the truth is that fashion is an aspiration towards
creating meaning. Such class struggle may seem
frivolous and fashion may seem to be the culprit. But
fashion is only a symptom that communicates the illness.
The illness lies in society itself.”
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