Dialectic of Fashion History in Modern Times



This chapter examines the dialectical progression of fashion history in modern times. Its objective is to search for the logical necessity of the dialectical process in fashion history, by observing morphological changes in dress fashions. In order to carry out this task, this chapter probes some important topics such as the origin of fashion and its etymology and the disparity between the prefashion system and the fashion system, and looks into the two most critical threefold dialectical movements in fashion history. Hegel and Marx provide the theoretical hinge on which this investigation stands. Toward the end of the quest for a necessity that fashion history reveals, however, one should find that grasping the dialectical development of fashion history, and indeed history at large, requires an understanding of the progression in the realm of human consciousness, ideas, or ideologies, although the two different systems of Hegel and Marx are operative in the development of fashion history during modern times.


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