Formal Changes in Fashion and Hegelian Dialectic



A careful interpretation of Alfred Kroeber and Jane Richardson’s morphological study in 1940, from the perspective of Hegelian dialectical development, helps us understand that the form of Western female evening dress transformed over some 332 years, under the same law by which generic history has unfolded. Underappreciated and forgotten, their research on changes in dress fashions provides strong justification for the idea that comprehending the development of fashion history allows us insights into the mode of the dialectical movement in history. In addition, Adorno offers a theoretical foundation upon which the observation of changes in dress fashions finds its grand purpose as one way to apprehend the totality in historical specificity.


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  1. 1.Department of Fashion DesignSungkyunkwan UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

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