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THEORIES OF CLOTHING
Clothing theories are developed based upon the use and growth of clothing. The four major theories of clothing are mod-esty, immodesty, and adornment and pro-jection theory.
The basic importance of clothing is to cover or conceal the private parts of the human body.
Example: Leaves used around the waist and bust, by Stone Age women as clothing.
Historical records on clothing, mention about clothing used to attract opposite sex. According to this theory the basic idea of clothing is attraction seeking.
Example: Tight fitting pants and garments which expose body parts.
Right from the origin of mankind, peo-ple were trying to beautify themselves. Clothing has always supported this idea and helped one to form beautiful appear-ance. Wearing beautiful garments gives an aesthetic appearance.
Example: Decorated blouse with embroidery and stone work.
Clothes have always been used for protec-tion against extreme climatic conditions such as winter, rainy and summer. Exposure to dangerous materials and environment such as furnace, boiler and thermals stations require special clothing.
Example: Woolen coats – winter season, rain coats – rainy season and boiler suits – for people working in a furnace.
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