The Book Dress and Society has highlighted the aspect of dressing as a personal or individual behavior
In other words, it is argued that dressing is relative, and it depends upon an individual. However, it is also critical to note that various factors such as culture, age, race and gender have a direct influence on dressing and fashion. As I endeavored to explore this topic, I decided to interview a Muslim woman regarding fashion and dressing. It is paramount to point out that this was a person from a different culture and therefore, I expected different opinions and experiences regarding fashion and dressing.
For instance, we expounded culture as a factor that influences style, as well as their fashion and dressing
From my interview, I learned that when a Muslim woman dress headscarf and hijab, which cover their faces to a point of not identifying a particular person, defines their purity. In addition, they are regarded honorably upright, as well as safeguarding their status and dignity. Similarly, such dressing fashions are at times being violated because they hinder and restrict them to a certain mode of dressing. As I focus on culture as an Islamic disorder, it is clear that it is discussed in the book Dress and Society, where women would really wish to dress in fitting clothing that defines them.
As the wind of fashion and dressing trap women and make them slaves, it is inevitable that those long dresses eliminate the showing off their curves and beauty. Such beauty should only be visible to definite people such as family members. Consequently, the married women can only expose parts of their bodies to their husbands. The factor of culture and society is outlined in the book Dress and Society. Where understanding social ones dressing is vital to a successful well being.
Surprisingly, when I was conducting my interview, the issue of gender discrimination in terms of fashion arose. It is argued that Islamic women’s responsibility is reproduction, and not to be heard but seen. Their dressing is restricted to the modes that please their men. Islamic women are restrained in their homes as they play their duty of bringing up the children and taking care of their husbands. This has restricted them to the modern dressing modes and fashionable clothes. The husbands are meant to play the role of financial managers. The dressing of Islamic women is meant to be seen by the men of the same culture.
From the interview, I learnt and experienced numerous aspects regarding fashion in the Muslim culture
Women in the Muslim Culture spend a huge chunk of their time beautifying themselves for their husbands. Despite them wearing hijab all the time, it was evident that Muslim women believe they are the most beautiful. Whereas numerous women have resorted to artificial hair, Muslim women do not approve of such hair. It was therefore, evident that what other people may consider as fashionable, the Muslim culture may not be interested. This is a clear manifestation of the argument brought forward in the book Dress and Society that culture largely influences individual dressing and perception of fashion.
Therefore, it can be conclusively argued that culture has a huge influence on dressing and fashion perception amongst individuals. From my concluded interview, it is evident that fashion and dressing have greatly been influenced by some undying outdated beliefs that has become the downfall of any societal misfortune.