In Australia we don’t think much of fashion as a part of our identity. When you walk down the street people normally wear their track suit pants and casual jumpers, however in many other parts of the world how a person dresses is important for both the individual and the people around them. As human beings we become conscious of our appearance in everyday life, how we want to dress is based on our cultural understandings as well as our personal tastes. I stumbled across this topic through my interest in other cultures and how other people form their own identity.

One of the styles that I found quite interesting was Japanese street fashion. This style of fashion is more commonly seen in a place called Harajuku. There are clothes stores that specialise in this style of clothing and can sometimes be expensive; people in Japan like to dress well. It is interesting to see that they are forming their identity through this unique style.

The style was formed after WW2 and was supposed to be a break from the normal traditions of Japan. They originally wore western fashion and decided to transform it into their own style.

Photo: http://danihelau.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/japanese-street-fashion-part-1/

 

 

This style of clothing also goes against the traditional school uniform where the boys wear a military styled uniform and the girls wear western sailor outfits.

 

Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_school_uniform

India is another country that has a traditional dress that is commonly seen in their culture. The sari is worn by Indian women and has been around for hundreds of years. The word sari means strip of cloth.  The sari was invented well before Jesus’ birth and is still worn by people in India today.

 

Photo:http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/textiles/red-sari-from-kolkata-with-traditional-print-CH69/

 

In our western culture our fashion and identity is not traditional and is very different from tradition in the past. This is due to an increase in technology and materials that we have available to us. How we dress and behave is influenced by pop culture in movies, TV shows and music videos. I believe that different cultures are important for a person’s identity and belonging, which can be seen in the clothes that people wear and the traditions they have.