Ethnological Aspects of Fashion_seminar


A seminar I’m giving at Heidelberg University about ETHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF FASHION
on the example of Native American Clothing Cultures.The goal:
– to illustrate the correlations between culture & clothing
– to research vestimentary codes that are still present in todays fashionTherefore we zoom in into 8 different native American tribes that were present in different regions of the American continent. We analyze and compare all of them regarding the following aspects :
_name & history of the tribe
_natural surroundings and climatic conditions
_world view & belief systems
_social & religious rituals and symbols
_traditional garments & accessories
_hair & beard fashions
_body fashions and body alterations (e.g. tattoos, piercings, etc.)
_influence on contemporary european fashion and global fashion brands