Why Fashion Research?

Fashion is superficial and supercilious; or is it? All human beings wear clothes everyday because unlike other species; the skin we were born with was not sufficient. Where did humans go wrong? Why does my cat wear a beautiful fur coat that keeps her warm in winter and cool in the summer while I have to fabricate, buy or steal a covering for my body?
Visually, when we look at other human beings; we see more covering than human body. Subliminally and overtly, the different styles and types of clothing we observe tell us a great deal about other people. What we learn through analysis of other’s appearance is useful to survival; friend, foe, like me, not like me; clothing gives us these cues to risk or not risk interaction. Clothing can give very obvious messages as well, like, “I am a student and wear the name of the school I attend on my shirt”
The meanings and decisions involved with dressing are therefore very important. So, why is there so little research, funding and discourse on this subject? Fashion theory, apparel, textiles, clothing, style, design? Many words are used to describe this topic but few have a generally agreed upon definition. All this ambiguity and diversity create a rich environment for our study and discussion at fashionresearch.wordpress.com.


About Nan Turner

Nan Turner a lecturere at UC Davis and Sacramento State. She earned her Masters Degree student in Textiles and Clothing in 2011. Nan earned her BS in Design from UC Davis, then studied Fashion Design at Parson School of Design in New York City. Nan career has included working as an assistant designer in the Haute Couture in Paris, a Career and Casual sportswear designer for Liz Claiborne and Federated Department Stores in New York City and a Technical Designer for A&F in Columbus, Ohio. Most recently, she worked with Charles Kleibacker on his exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, “Class Act”, and at Ohio State as a volunteer in the Historic Costume Collection. Her interests include fashion history and WWII, sustainability, woman's relationships with their wardrobes, teaching and Mad Men. She is a member of the Costume Society of America.
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