A Potential Dichotomy: Clothing, Fashion, and the UK Apparel Industry

By Kevin Almond.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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The research focuses upon the production of apparel in the UK, in order to explore a potential dichotomy
between clothing and fashion. Both the terms suggest ways in which the body can be dressed and are used liberally
within industries that produce apparel. I consider the currency of sociologist, Georg Simmel’s theory, which identified no
fundamental links between the clothing and fashion. Clothing is usually constructed with textile materials worn on the
physique and is worn by human beings, in the majority of societies. The quantity and style of clothing depends on bodily,
societal and environmental considerations, including gender. In contrast fashion is a common term for a popular style in
clothing, footwear or accessories and is usually, the newest collection or creation produced by a designer or retailer. The
UK designer, Jean Muir regarded herself as a dressmaker and implied there was conflict between the production of
clothes and the role of the fashion designer in this process. The investigation seeks to offer new insight into existing
research related to clothing and fashion, by centering upon the production of apparel in the UK and the specific needs of
the highly developed, UK fashion and clothing educational system. In so doing it identifies how the terms are perceived
today, in both the UK and global apparel industries.

Keywords: Clothing, Fashion, Production, Sewing, Skills, Dichotomy, Simmel

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 16, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 983.159KB)).

Kevin Almond

Lecturer in Fashion, School of Design, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, UK