Personifying Our Pets: A Consumer Culture Creation

As someone who feels awkward around her dog when she is "naked", I can totally relate to this conversation about how we anthropomorphize our pets. The  Artificial Grass for Dogs in America (and the developed world) has changed significantly as consumer culture has evolved.  It used to be we domesticated animals with Natural Pet Care … Continue reading Personifying Our Pets: A Consumer Culture Creation

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From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform

Featured in the Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times today is a journalistic tribute to context creating pop culture, inspired by the exhibit at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York that tells a high fashion tale of couture inspired by counterculture.   Here is the online version of today's worth-a-read journalism:  … Continue reading From Low Culture To High Art: The Punk Rock Uniform

A Little Bit of Color from Sociology of Style: Where Holidays Get Their Hues…

Another great cultural context blog from Sociology of style:  this time it's a semiotics commentary on why certain colors are associated with certain Holidays   Sociology of Style: Ask Anna "Why are specific colors associated with certain holidays?" Ask Anna: Why are specific colors associated with certain holidays? It happens every season: stores and public … Continue reading A Little Bit of Color from Sociology of Style: Where Holidays Get Their Hues…

So you think houligans with tattoos are something new? Think again. Interesting article / perspective / antique book review from “across the pond” on body modification…

Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau

P1190836Those of us who have been left bemused by the sudden rise of high-street botox booths, tanning shops, nail salons and eyebrow bars can take some comfort from this curious work by John Bulwer which suggests that, even as far back in 1653, people have always been astonished at the lengths to which some would go to transform their bodies in the name of fashion.  

P1190832In Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform’d, or The Artificial Changeling, Bulwer’s aim, according to the full title, is to expose the “mad and cruel gallantry, foolish bravery, ridiculous beauty, filthy fineness, and loathsome loveliness of most nations, fashioning & altering their bodies from the mould intended by nature”.  Bulwer describes in detail how people around the world artificially modify their appearance, noting that every nation has a “particular whimzey as touching corporall fashions of their own invention.”

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Calling All Teams: Sociology Of Style on Sports Tribalism and Dressing The Part

Anthropologists are suckers for anything with the word "tribe" in it.  I am no exception.  Here's a really interesting piece from sociology of style on the role of the uniform in sports. A Tribe Called Us “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, … Continue reading Calling All Teams: Sociology Of Style on Sports Tribalism and Dressing The Part

The Art of Appropriating the Ethos of an Era Through Fashion: Sociology of Style on How Everything Becomes New Again

As always, I would like to thank my friends at Sociology of Style (sociologyofstyle.com) for taking their sociocultural perspective to the streets with a point of view on how fashion ultimately becomes a signifier of our cultural conversation.   This article by Eve Kerrigan Roberts discussion how fashion always comes full circle from one era to … Continue reading The Art of Appropriating the Ethos of an Era Through Fashion: Sociology of Style on How Everything Becomes New Again

From on the Ground in The ATL: Sociology Of Style “Bustin’ a Sag”

  Do you ever wonder where some of the best of the worst style fads come from?  Good thing we have my friend Eve Kerrigan at the Sociology of style here to 'splain what's up.   Check out this style sociology lesson and more: The Low Down: When An Unlikely Fad Becomes Unshakable Fashion Etiquette Pull_Up_Your_Pants … Continue reading From on the Ground in The ATL: Sociology Of Style “Bustin’ a Sag”

The “Luxury” of Heritage

In studying consumer culture I spend a good amount of time attempting to understand the context of a lot of different niches and tiers of goods. Over the years and in some more recent work, the luxury space has been a focus.  In trying to decode the semiotics of luxury, I've had many conversations with … Continue reading The “Luxury” of Heritage

The Cell Phone as a Window Into Personal Context

What kind of context can you presume about someone's life, attitudes and values based on the kind of cell phone they carry? A good deal, actually. In the spirit of personal branding via consumer choice / behavior, i bring you yet another perspective from the Sociology of style...so put your crackberry aside for a few … Continue reading The Cell Phone as a Window Into Personal Context

How Culture Can Lead to Style Mistakes: More Sociology of Style

Sometimes our context leads us in the wrong direction.  Here's a great piece from my friends at the Sociology of Style.  For the full article (as featured below) and more from Sociology of Style, click here: http://sociologyofstyle.com/2013/01/13/a-look-at-some-contemporary-style-mistakes/ A Bad Idea, Expressed Poorly: A Look at Some Contemporary Style Mistakes   Fashion is like the id. … Continue reading How Culture Can Lead to Style Mistakes: More Sociology of Style