There is something compelling about the history of fashion for me. It’s a bit like the pleasure to be had from people watching – it allows you to assess the sartorial choices of others from a distance. However, any good study of the history of fashion needs to go beyond the scrutiny of silhouettes and … Continue reading Fashion history – seeing it three ways!
Little did I suspect, when I began to investigate ugg boots and their ability to polarize taste, the multiple perspectives from which the humble sheepskin boot is viewed. Taste is complex, formed by numerous interacting entities, but I was unprepared for the hidden layers. Here are just three divisions that generate differing perceptions and impact … Continue reading The Taste Divide: Ugg Boots
Much of what has concerned posts on this blog, has been about how we can understand fashionable taste and processes of taste transformation. This area is characterized by subjectivity and individuality – our taste is personal, created through a delicate mix of our internal dispositions and perspectives combined with various external provocations. As an avid … Continue reading The Taste Divide
The taste-making assemblage can be thought of as a recipe – a group of components. The making of our own particular dispositions, tastes, likes/dislikes requires multiple ingredients. My attempts at visualising this process bring to mind the way food styling creatively displays numerous ingredients next to 3-page set of instructions on how to make a … Continue reading Fashion, taste and the assemblage: finding a way through it
I have talked a lot about the idea of convergence in taste formation. I try to encourage people to see the taste-making process as something formed through an intermingling of people, activities, objects and expressions. It is not something that can be readily attributed to just one person. And although we may become aware of … Continue reading Fashion, taste and the assemblage: it’s in the mix