Sunday, September 26, 2010


What makes you decide on what to wear daily? There are six functions of dress that explains the many reasons as to why people dress and select his or her clothing to wear. Take a look at the six functions of dress. 

Environmental Protection
The environmental protection function of dress serves as practical and protective wear for individuals.  The body needs to be kept at a mean temperature to ensure blood circulation and comfort.  Individuals wear clothes with concerns such as comfort, durability, or ease of care in mind.  Here is a Russian model wearing a Russia inspired fur coat with boots. 

Decoration is a way individuals can express his or her own personal style of cultural background.  Decoration allows us to enrich our physical attractions, assert our creativity, single membership or ranking within a group or culture. In this photo are women from India with facial decoration of jewels which signifies their culture.

Gender Differentiation
Clothing that is used to differentiate and recognize gender of individuals.  The difference between separating a female from a male occur when parents dress infant girls in pink and boys in blue.  Within the 19th century, women were only allowed to wear dresses and skirts while men wore trousers.  Now men wear pink and women wear pants but designers keep certain features to allow a separation between masculinity and femininity.  In this photo are women from Saudi Arabia modeling in a fashion show.

Group Membership
People dress alike in order to belong to a specific organization or group.  Clothing can be worn to identify with whom we affiliate.  Clothing can recognize an individual’s profession, religious affiliation, social standing or lifestyle.  Here are women of the military in Japan.

Clothing used as a functional method to take part in a specific type of ceremony or special event is called the ceremonial function of dress.  An example of ceremonial is a wedding gown or a graduation cap and gown. Here is a couple in Russia modeling with wedding attire on for a wedding ceremony.

Sexual Enhancement
Clothing used to enhance one’s body to make it more attractive to others is sexual enhancement.  Women are now dressing to reveal portions of the body to appear sexy. Check out this mini kimono that caused a buzz for the Miss Japan contestant in the Miss Universe 2009 indicating it was too risque'.

All Six Functions of Dress
In this image it covers all six functions of dress. Here is a breakdown of each of them in this picture. 
1) Environmental Protection- High boots and Gown used for jacket
2) Decoration- The exclusive hat the model is wearing
3) Gender Differentiation- The feminine body suit and thigh high boots
4)Group Membership- Fashion inspired by graduation gown group membership could be a student.
5) Ceremonial- graduation gown
6) Sexual Enhancement- Sexy body suit and thigh high boots

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