Published on November 29, 2016
1. CROSS - DRESSING FASHION SUB-CULTURE By Divya Manivannan MFM/14/301 – SEM 1 Masters In Fashion Management
2. Mainstream Fashion • Mainstream is what’s the new trend is. • When one "style" gets old, a new one reborn. • A mainstream person - jumps from trend to trend - fit in - rest of the crowd • Mainstream is being what society thinks you should be, and look like.
3. Sub-Culture • Human beings have always used appearances as personal advertising • As the world grows ever more complex –INDIVIDUALITY appears, where the STYLE originates, which creates the importance of AUTHENTICITY -similar minded people. • A subculture is a group of people with a culture which differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong • Study of symbolism attached to clothing, music and other visible affectations by members of subcultures • Subcultures bring together like-minded individuals who feel neglected by societal standards and allow them to develop a sense of identity.
4. “Why would men want to wear clothing of the opposite sex?, Are these men perverted, or crazy?, Are they gay?”
5. Introduction to Cross - Dressing Thousands of men worldwide are putting on dresses, makeup, and high heels trying to look as pretty and as feminine as they can. They are neither perverted nor crazy • The sight of a grown man wearing a dress, in many societies is considered odd, or unusual, and is ridiculed. • Is most often done in private or as a secret that is hidden from others • But now, more and more men are "coming out" and dressing "en femme." • Conventions where males of different ages and backgrounds, get together to enjoy the freedom of dressing and socializing as females Introduction to Cross - Dressing
6. Conventions where males of different ages and backgrounds, get together to enjoy the freedom of dressing and socializing as females Self-identified cross-dressers generally do not have fetishistic intentions, but are instead men who wear female clothing and often both admire and imitate women.
7. When does it all begin? • It is believed that cross dressing desires can be recognized at a very young age • Pre-adolescent years • Painting fingernails, dressing in female clothing's and trying on high heeled shoes are all the acts • Pulled in two different directions causes much confusion in the mind of a youngster.
8. • Whilst the teenager can see physical changes that confirm his masculinity, his feminine desires are likely to raise many questions. • The vast majority of cross dressers don't fully acknowledge their cross dressing desires until later on in life. • Remember, cross dressers are happy with their masculine traits. The only thing that makes them different to any other man is that they like to express the female side of their personality by dressing as a woman When does it all begin?
9. Why would men do this, you might ask? Why would men do this, you might ask?
10. Psychology behind Cross-Dressing • Want to feel free to express the feminine side of their personality • Boys cannot portray feminine traits; can't cry, appear weak, or be soft • Males who dress in female clothing often feel liberated to express their emotions • This makes them feel comfortable • Second reason for cross-dressing is to feel and experience the "power of a woman” What power is this? • It is to be able to turn the heads of all the men as she enters the room. It is the power to choose who will get their attention. • see themselves as having a male side and a female side • Unfortunately, in many societies cross-dressing, especially male to female, is often still a taboo.
11. Fashion Cycle of Cross - Dressing
12. Ideology behind Cross - Dressing • Young • Feminine • Individualism • Stylish • Aesthetic • Enjoyment
13. Male Dominance in Cross - Dressing
14. Male Dominance in Cross - Dressing
15. • Subcultures can be perceived as negative- nature of criticism to the dominant societal standard. Brings together like-minded individuals who feel neglected by societal standards. This develops a sense of identity. • The act of cross-dressing was a challenge to the status quo, destabilizing the gender norms so central to cultural hierarchies • It is done behind closed for fear of being caught and ridiculed • A 'macho' image. Society is generally unsympathetic to issues such as gender identity • Little choice but to fit the mold until he has the confidence to do something about it. • Like any other subculture society criticized for cross dressing as well. In fact the criticism is much more because it shook the ethical morals of the society and blurred the line between feminism and masculinity Role of Society in Cross - Dressing
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