Saturday, June 16, 2012
Trickle-Up Fashion in the 21st Century & the Resurgence of the Punk Aesthetic
Beginning centuries ago when fashion first became more than just a functional aspect of life, the fashion world has experienced a long history of lower classes in society following those within the upper-class and what they wear. However, another theory has permeated the market due to the success of street fashion. With an increase in “equitable wealth distribution and modern, rapid manufacturing techniques, style differentiation across social classes is essentially non-existent” (King & Ring, 1980). The trickle-up theory is the newest approach concerning fashion movement, and it has made a considerable impact. Starting in the street and “adopted from lower income groups, innovation eventually flows to upper-income groups” (Theories of Fashion, 2009). A variety of classic pieces in today’s market have been introduced due to the trickle-up theory including jeans, military-inspired clothing, and the T-shirt.