Where Fashion, Style and Language Intersect

Foundation Operation X for languages, cultures and perspectives

Written by Dyami Millarson

Fashion and style may be used to convey a message to other humans. This may, for instance, be a political, diplomatic, emotional or sexual message. Fashion is never exclusively used for one purpose. An example of the complexity of fashion is that one cannot say that fashion only exists for sexual attractiveness, though sexual attractiveness does play a role in fashion as merely one of the many factors that influence the dynamics of fashion. Reducing fashion to one single factor is bound to lead to an erronous understanding of fashion and how it relates to human language.

Style may be defined as a distinctive appearance, and fashion may be defined as a popular style of clothing. Tastes change and so fashion and style change. However, what I am interested in is how fashion and style are being used to communicate. When humans have a certain style…

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