The idea of the body and dress as a social acceptance of morals, or that it has a directional quality to it is a fascinating thought, this is definably relevant in discussions of dress to me as a designer and as an voyeur. In Joanne Entwistle’s “The Dressed Body” she speaks over how certain situations dictate the way one dresses, such as a wedding for example. You don’t wear white to a wedding unless you are the bride, and on a job interview, you don’t wear jogging pants due to the social construct of that not being presentable. This idea of dressing for certain situations is interesting due to the fact that how prevalent it is our society in everyday life whether we choose to think about it or not, especially how it is seen on different types of people, for example the shift between pedestrians and the “famous”. Especially today, pop stars are the kinds of people that have to be dressed up all the time, or they lose there appeal to someone who does do it 100%. Things you would wear for a certain occasion, or somethings you think of being like that is just bizarre and has no place to be worn, certain celebrities or fashion icons have developed into a regularly ritualistic application that goes hand in hand with their everyday activities. Not just for appearances or videos or award ceremonies, but to do the most basic of things. For Example, the icons that do this everyday, that make us wonder what crazy thing do they wear to bed are as follows.
The Late Elsa Schiaparelli
Just to name a few……
These women are examples of how there dress whcih is going on 24/7 even when they are going to the grocery store have developed a way to incorporate things for certain situations into an everyday common practice. Things that the everyday person would do in sweatpants, Daphne Guinness would do in a pair of 8′ heel-less shoes.
In conclusion it is interesting to see the fashion industry really inspire people to do this, and our society today as we had Madonna who started the whole craze arguable of being true to your “persona” has moved into today with such icons as listed, incorporating what is right what is wrong and what is acceptable to leave the house in.