Dress, Identity and Cultural Practices

By Zoe Arvanitidou and Maria Gasouka.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The manner and style of clothing shapes and creates gender identity from psychological, political, cultural, religious, historical and social perspective (Durham, 1999). It is also an instrument of communication and gives the sense of belonging somewhere (Barnes, and Bubolz Eicher, 1993). Dressing is designed to reveal aspects of personality of the woman who wears it. Who is she, where she comes from, what is her social position and what she had achieved in the past. Especially, a traditional costume creates pride and an identity of origin for the woman who wears it (Allen, 1969; O’Neal, 1998). Female immigrants when entering the European area bring with them a part of their culture through their dressing. If they want to join in the new way of life they often have to change how they dress. Most of the time, this change conflicts both the existing identities and the hitherto beliefs (Tomlinson, 2003). The purpose of this study is to examine how dressing shapes gender identity of women immigrants and the difficulties they face when they need to change their ways of apparel and adapt to a new lifestyle.

Keywords: Dress, Gender, Women Immigrants, Cultural Identity

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.17-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 787.905KB).

Zoe Arvanitidou

MA Student, Gender, New Forms of Education, New Forms of Employment and New Technologies in the Information Age Postgraduate Program, Department of Sciences of Pre-School Education and Educational Design, University of Aegean, Thessaloniki, Greece, Greece

Zoe Arvanitidou is a graduate of the Department of Clothing Design and Technology of the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki in Greece. She is nearing completion of her MA in "Gender, New Forms of Education, New Forms of Employment and New Technologies in the Information Age" at the Univeristy of Aegean and also has a degree from the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education of Greece. She has also been a fashion designer assitant and stylist and a trainer for more than four years in the area of Fashion Education and Design. Mrs. Arvanitidou also wrote a book on Organizing and Presenting a Fashion Collection (ISBN: 978-960-930481-8). She is a fashion editor in various fashion e-zines and magazines, authored a paper on “Advantages and Disadvantages of e-Learning” and co-authored two more papers on “Using Open Source Software in GIS Training and Education” and “The need for Quality Management Systems in GI related education in Greece”.

Dr. Maria Gasouka

Assistant Professor, Gender, New Forms of Education, New Forms of Employment and New Technologies in the Information Age Postgraduate Program, Department of Sciences of Pre-School Education and Educational Design, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Μaria Gasouka is assistant professor in the Department of Science Education and Educational Design in the Aegean University, in the field of “Gender and Folklor”. Member of the scientific group of design and implementation of the post-graduate studies program of the Aegean University “Gender and New Educational and Working Environment, in the Information Society”, offered through distance learning. Chairwoman of the Scientific Committee of the Cypriot Equality Observatory. Researcher, trainer and coordinator of E.C. Initiatives and Programmes in Mainstreaming and Equal Opportunity issues. Editions: Sociological Approaches to Gender-Authority and Hierarchy Issues, Athens 1998, Women’s Speech Political. Texts on the Left Wing and Gender, Athens 1999, On Folklore and Folk Culture Gendering Sociology vol.I (2007) and vol.II (2008), Thoughts and Notes on the Issues of Reconciliation of Work and Family Life in Europe. The Experience of Cyprus, New York, 2010 (with Maria Kokkinou), e.tc.

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