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Fashion is a symbolic means of self-styling. Every item of the wardrobe serves to demonstrate social affiliation or delimitation. Fashion has not only aesthetic aspects but also a communicative function. Through clothing we define ourselves aesthetically by means of the quality, cut, and colors of the material, and also socially with regard to hierarchies (above, below, alongside). A person's clothing allows us to classify that person within a specific time, society, and profession. By covering …

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Zweigle, Birgit, “Fashion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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