- It's an important part of our culture.
- It limits our means of self-expression severely - at certain times you can only buy certain types of clothes - or only certain colors. Especially if you don't have the money or time to get more specialized clothes.
- It might be an interesting subject to observe and analyze - because you see it in huge amounts all around you.
Recently I've started observing fashion actively. I'm only a beginner without knowledge and without a frame of reference. So the easiest way to start was to observe outliers. Establish a subjective baseline by looking at the crowd and then record anything that is different.
Now this is my first result:
Further observation may yield more useful criteria. And may answer some obvious questions:
- Relation between age, income, gender, race and fashion choice?
- Relation beween what is worn actively and what is being sold in the shops right now?
- Relation between temperature, humidity and wind speed and fashion choices?
- Relation between part of the city and fashion preferences?
- Relation between weekday and time of day and fashion preferences?
- How to quantify and analyze the data?
Interesting questions that I would never have thought about before reading Gibson's book.