Assignment Submitted to : Mam Submitted by: Hadiqa Shahzadi Section: 3rd Year B3 Subject: Clothing Topic: Philosophy of Clothing HOME ECONOMICS UNIVERSITY LAHORE Philosophy: The Study of the Fundamental Nature of Knowledge, Reality, And Existence, Especially When Considered as an Academic Discipline. OR A Theory or Attitude That Acts as A Guiding Principle for Behavior. Clothing: Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel and attire) is a collective term for items worn on the body. Clothing is typically made of fabrics or textiles but over time has included garments made from animal skin or other thin sheets of materials put together. Philosophy of Clothing: Definition A way of expressing an inner truth or belief about an idea, oneself or the world through the medium of clothing. EXPLAINATION: Why have clothes for a long time been neglected and dismissed by philosophers? After all, there are numerous human activities involving clothes that are fundamental both for our everyday personal existence and for the reproduction of the entire social life: Consider for example covering our bodies to protect them from the cold and from indiscreet gazes, getting dress with the aim of conveying certain messages, producing, distributing, exchanging and advertising fabrics and garments, etc. This should however not appear as too much of a puzzle: Philosophy has in fact for a long time not bothered to conceptually inquire into the nature of daily routines, worldly and frivolous practices and material, apparently futile things. Such an attitude is rooted in pernicious dualisms, as for instance matter vs. mind, appearance vs. reality, surface vs. depth, manual vs. intellectual labor, etc. On this tradition, the idea of “truth” has been mainly conceived of as something to be “unveiled” and “disclosed”: The stripping of metaphorical veils and clothes seems thus to be a necessary condition for reaching the highest goals of the philosophical enterprises. The aim of this course is to problematize and revise such a disregard for the topic of clothes and fashion, and for the material world of relations – between persons, between things, and between persons and things – that clothes and fashion contribute to weave. As Shahidha Bari (2016) poignantly points out, our experiences of selfhood, and our interactions with others in diverse social domains, “are contoured and adumbrated by many things, including clothes”: “the prejudices by which we disregard the concern for appearances or relegate dress to the domain of vanity, are an obstacle to a significant kind of understanding”. A theoretical exploration of clothes and fashion rises a wide range of complex issues, that stretches from social ontology (what is the function of those things that mediate between ourselves, our bodies, and the ‘external’ world?) to ethics (Is it possible to love and care for clothes? Is it morally acceptable? What moral wrongs does the system of fashion bring about?), from liberal political philosophy (Is the fashion system based on injustices and structures of exploitation? How is power exercised within this system?) to radical critical theories (How do social norms, that are produced and reproduced by the fashion system, discriminate and harm certain categories of people? How are gender, race, class, religion etc. entrenched within this system?) In the course, we are going to address these and other questions by reading, interpreting and discussing classic and contemporary philosophical and sociological texts, but also by conceptually analyzing cultural products – especially blog posts and commercials – that could help us enriching, but also challenging, our philosophical points of view. Philosophy of Fashion: Due to overly commercialized marketing and constant fast-fashion changes, it may seem thought behind fashion is limited or forgotten, but that isn’t necessarily the case.Many high-end and established designers are very into the “philosophy of fashion.” Just like true art, there is always an idea or an impetus that compels and moves the designer to create, thus giving them their reason to create. For some designers, this reason might be very basic or even emotional. For others, there may be some heavy-duty thought behind it. Regardless, it all comes down to a philosophy. Just as there are many various modes of philosophical thought, so too the philosophy of fashion can vary. However, in its essence, the philosophy of fashion boils down to this: A way of expressing an inner truth or belief about an idea, oneself or the world through the medium of clothing. For me, I believe that all aspects of a garment can speak to a person’s philosophy; from the colors chosen, the textures, the drape and flow, the cut and style, and so many other details can subliminally or very overtly point to something deep within that wishes to be expressed. This is why clothing has such importance or significance. When I look at a person, especially in places that are conducive to people studying like airports and coffee shops, if you look closely, you can trace back whether a person put any thought and care into what they put on, or if they are meticulous in their presentation. Are their clothes wrinkled, or well ironed? Are they disheveled? Are their clothes loud colors, or quiet hues? So much detail is there, so much story and expression! I love it when clients come to me and approach clothing from this philosophical background, because then the choices that we come to for their garments are intentional, they have a veiled meaning and a significance that gives them a feeling of validation knowing that the garment that we are making for them will express a truth about themselves. There are so many fascinating tangents we can cover on this topic, but for now mull this over, and think about what you wear and how it reflects (or doesn’t reflect) the person that you are, and what that tells the world about you.