Re-Appropriated Fashion

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Re-appropriated Fashion Cultural re-appropriation is extremely predominant in society today, especially in regards to fashion. One only needs to wait a couple decades after a trend goes out of style to eventually see its return into the hegemonic world. Many of the clothes in my own closet are derived from an ancestor that held an actual function or symbolism which over time has been recreated into a piece of clothing that is nothing more than a mainstream aesthetic apparel. High-waisted shorts were reintroduced in 2011, and oddly have been embraced by young women all across the nation, despite the previous norm of low-rise denim. Levi brand jeans first manufactured this unique style of short apparel in the early 1940s for women who…show more content…
The cross is a highly respected symbol and having the cross laying on its side defeats the true symbolism of the cross. The upside down cross also found on clothing and accessories is highly disrespectful to the Christian Catholic religion for Saint Peter was crucified on an upside down cross for being a believer of Christ. People that have no cultural belief or understanding of the original cultural significance are using these items and stripping away the religious aspect and the true meaning of what it truly signifies in Catholic/Christian churches. Western society has an extensive fashion history, and history has a tendency to repeat itself. Re-appropriation destined to exist, and perhaps even increase with the growing access to different times and cultures that the world has gained through the power of technology. However, there is a fine line between modernizing an old style and commodifying an ethnic group. The difficulty is finding a way to clearly define that line. Our hegemonic generation is taking bits and pieces from different cultures and putting them together— a form of counter-bricolage. However, this method does not help the generation find a new meaning or a meaning at all. As Sturken and Cartwright wrote, “…We can see how mainstream culture, through the processes of hegemony and counter-hegemony, is constantly mining the margins of culture for meaning” (70). . Work
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