Clothes Make the Man: A Discussion of Symbolism in Clothing
It is a truth recognized throughout history. What you wear determines what people think of you. Even Shakespeare said ?For the apparel oft proclaims the man.? Therefore, people, especially youth, in today?s society choose what they wear very carefully, in accordance with what they want to tell the people around them. There are many popular subcultures today with a distinct style of clothing. This paper will be concentrating on those known as Goths, Punks and Ska-heads, Preps (or Jocks) and Posers.
The first group up for investigation is known as Goths. Goth is short for Gothic, and members of this subculture typically wear black and blood-red colored clothes. These clothes are often made of leather, lace, and fishnet, and are adorned with spikes, studs, or other shiny metal objects. Sometimes metallic, black, or otherwise dark-colored makeup is worn by both the male and female counterparts to this clique. Some go so far as to invest in permanent body modifications, sometimes with things as tame as a tattoo or body piercing, other times with more extreme modifications, such as tongue or lip splitting, vampire teeth implants, or full body tattoos. All of these physical attributes are merely a way of telling the
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