Gender, the Body and Dress

You are what you wear….Really??

Why should people have to dress as their gender??? If a girl decides to wear joggers for a day, would she be considered as a homosexual?? Ok If a guy you know suddenly comes out wearing a dress you would find that weird, but then again who are we to judge by appearance.

“persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one’s own assigned sex”

If this had happened in the early centuries Gender Identity would have cause havoc then. If an individual had suffered from gender identity disorder (GID), before the 20th century this would have been considered as a mental illness and a taboo. Yet in today’s generation, even with the help of latest technology and scientific research, no-one has been able to find the actual cause of GID. Some individuals may show signs of GID by cross dressing, feel disgusted by their features or may want to live as the opposite sex.

“Some may cross-dress, and some may actually seek sex-change surgery. Others are born with ambiguous genitalia, which can raise identity issues.”

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Over the years society has begun to accept how people portray their identity through fashion. In the early 20th century there was a lot of difference within the construction of men and women’s clothes. Women would have long dresses fitted at the waist with corsets underneath to showing a women has curves, whereas men would have suits with broad shoulders and long straight trousers which would replicate a strong and powerful postures, differentiating both genders.

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Famous designer Rei Kawabuko is known for her amazing collaborations in masculine and feminine silhouettes for both menswear and womanswear. What I like about her work is that in today’s generation she is trying to change send a message to the public through her clothes. Her previous Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013 was a collection of blown up and masculine suits which completely went against the typical and ethical way women should dress.

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Wearing short dresses doesn’t necessarily point you out as women.

“For something to be beautiful it doesn’t have to be pretty.” – Rei Kawakubo

I believe that everyone should have their own choice in what they can where. What we wear is not a costume which puts us into graded groups, as an individual we can all wear what we want to create our own identity, not what other people want to see on us.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

WORLD WIDE WEBPAGE:

Psychology Today Magazine © Copyright 1991-2014
Sussex Publishers, LLC http://www.psychologytoday.com/conditions/gender-identity-disorder [ACCESED 6TH JANUARY 2014]

National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002495/ [ACCESED 6TH JANUARY 2014]

PDF: http://process.arts.ac.uk/sites/default/files/zoi-arvanitidou.pdf [ACCESED 6TH JANUARY 2014]

BOOKS

FASHION AND ITS SOCIAL AGENDAS: CLASS, GENDER, AND IDENTITY IN CLOTHING AUTHOR DIANA CRANE

FASHIONING THE BODY POLITIC: DRESS, GENDER, CITIZENSHIP EDITED BY WENDY PARKIN

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About ♥ Miss Sweet Bobbin ♥

Hey, :) my name is Avtar and currently am studying Fashion Design BA Hons in De MontFort University.

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