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52 ideas that changed the world - 48. Fashion

Posted On: 22 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Week

52 ideas that changed the world - 48. Fashion

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Humans' love affair with clothes dates back around 170,000 years
Humans' love affair with clothes dates back around 170,000 years
In Depth
James Ashford
Friday, May 22, 2020 - 12:26pm
In this series, The Week looks at the ideas and innovations that permanently changed the way we see the world. This week, the spotlight is on fashion:
Fashion in 60 seconds
Fashion is the expression of a specific aesthetic style that is popular in a particular time and context. It usually refers to things worn by a person: clothing, accessories, footwear, make-up, hairstyles and tattoos and piercings.
“Fashion's sizeable social scope and requisite expiration date is what makes it so useful as a marker of time,” says Henry Navarro Delgado, assistant professor of fashion at Toronto's Ryerson University, in an article on The Conversation .
The term “fashion industry” generally refers to the global business of selling clothes.
“Some observers distinguish between the fashion industry and the...

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