3.3 Subject to Different Cultural and Educational Manipulations
Culture has been severally defined as the way of living of a given people residing in a particular geographical region. To this end, the way of living may incorporate a wide range of values, beliefs, doctrines, ethics, and rituals. These values are normally embodied in practices such as clothing styles, eating habits, political systems, communication styles, as well as economic systems. It is generally agreed that culture may change from time to time due to social influences such as intermarriage, education, trade as well as through adventurous interactions. Gives that culture typifies a peoples way of life it can be argued that these changes are meant to satisfy needs of a people (Cunningham & Lab, 1991).
In regards to clothing as a way of expressing a people’s cultural obligation, it can be argued that some of the changes that have been witnessed are culture-based. This is because each cultural society chooses what to wear in terms of dressing and fashion in order to express their culture and have a sense of identification. Dressing has been a major differentiating factor as long as cultural practices and ideologies are concerned. However, due to globalization, many cultures have been able to exchange their dressing patterns and thus dressing is gradually becoming universal with all clothing designs being used in different areas of the world (Cunningham & Lab, 1991).
The styles people use to dress and act reveals their attitudes, philosophies and ideologies. The ideas and values that a given society hold can be told through by just looking at how they accord themselves in terms of their appearances and dressing code. Both the Chinese and British clothing concepts were a product of cultural and educational manipulations. Different cultural periods were characterized by certain clothing designs. In extension, the fact that different cultural periods were also characterized by different educational achievements it is also wise to argue that just as cultural changes, these rapidly changing educational achievements were equally influential on the clothing concepts adopted during such cultural periods. The core factors of color, design, type of material as well as the occasion were all derivatives of culture and education (Cunningham & Lab, 1991).
For many generations, the young people have always selected their dresses of dramatic styles to distinguish themselves from the generations of their parents and grandparents. For them, the design of clothing defines the time they are living in. Therefore, clothing defines social identity that signifies to the world that an individual is rising in the corporate culture, political development or religious affiliation. Clothing defines whether somebody is poor or wealthy, young or old, liberal or democratic among other social and political grounds.
Additionally, dressing plays an important role in the life of people because through...