What Is The Status Of Fashion During The Medieval Ages?

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Fashion is a media of expression of one’s identity from the medieval to modern ages. While other people would kill for a limited edition Louis Vuitton bag or a striking Versace couture gown, many people wouldn’t mind being fashionable as long as they have their body covered with cloth then they are good to go. But what is the reason behind this? Why do dresses cost more than a house? If you’re wondering, then is the status of fashion during the medieval ages same as the modern times? How about its purpose? According to Fox (1871) “fashion is and has been and will be, through all ages, the outward form through which the mind speaks to the material universe” (p. XX). Which is a clear fact knowing that the art of fashion was concerned with the…show more content…
According to Alchin (2014) “Clothing and fashion like everything else during the Middle Ages was dictated by the Pyramid of Power which was the Feudal System. Clothing provided information about the status of the person wearing them” (Medieval Clothing section, para. 1). Because of fashion—the art of clothing, they had classified the members of the society according to what they wear. Fashion during the medieval ages does exist not because of people’s idea of expression through the clothes their wear but rather their emphasis of their label in the society; because powerful people want to grasp power by seeing emphasis on the state of being of the people who has a lower quality of life than them, thus making them feel powerful. But how do they maintain looking more superior to lower class of people? As stated by Alchin…show more content…
We can really see how complex the way people think and study about fashion way back then; how fashion is more complicated due to the gap between cultural bridges because of low technology for fashion had been described as a code—not even the ones used in cryptography. So what does the modern generation had contributed in order for regular people to crack the “code”? As said by Iannacci

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