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Fashion as a Utopian Impulse: The Inversion of Political Economy Via the Consumption of Fashion

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Fashion has the power to alter the existing order of society. The repercussions of the influence of fashion are not confined to the production side of bourgeois industrialism, since fashion by means of consumption has become one important driving force for the changes made toward a positive utopian society, while having liberated women from feudal relations. Fashion is often blamed for generating the semblance of eternal sameness, resulting in no real difference. However, fashion is liberating because of its own frivolous, superficial, and irrational attributes. It is these idiosyncratic characteristics of fashion that paradoxically make it easy for fashion to remove any forms of defiance against its crossing different levels of society.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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