This week’s reading list focuses on the significance of wearing colors in fashion. Just as certain patterns in clothing can be traditional, colors can have social and cultural implications too. What may just seem like a simple aesthetic choice by wearing colors could actually be a deliberate choice to represent oneself. The color black, for example, encapsulates New Zealand’s patriotism, as the color is very pervasive in the nation. On the other hand, in most regions in Latin America, the color black is culturally associated with grief and mourning, and is rarely worn casually because of this. These five sources provide insight into different perspectives on how one’s cultural values can shape what they wear, and how sometimes, specific colors or groupings of certain colors may have hidden meanings.
About The Author
Alliya Lopez is an MA Fashion candidate at the Creative School at Ryerson University, and she received her B.F.A. in Visual Studies from the University of Calgary. Her interests include diversity and representation in fashion, especially the colorism that takes place in the beauty industry. Born in the Philippines, Alliya has witnessed the prominence of skin whitening practices in Asian communities, and she is passionate about dissecting and analyzing their effects in her research.