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Y: You > 6. Look at the clothes, which are worn by your family and friends and also your own clothing.

back to the alphabet grid See if there are items of clothing that you or your friends could be associated or identified by. Analyse why you wear the clothes you do and what your personal choice and selection of clothing says about your identity, personality, interests and allegiances. The following questions may assist your analysis;

  • How can you represent the people you know through clothing alone?
  • What possible messages do your individual items of clothing send out to other people?
  • Do they have any symbolic or semiotic meaning?
  • Would you look or feel different if you wore somebody else's clothing and how could you explore this as a visual idea?
  • Do clothes have a gender, appropriate age group, class or race or do we as individuals impose these interpretations?
  • How can you explore this idea?
  • What allegiances, interests, passions and lifestyle choices do your clothes and those of your family represent? Are they different, if so why?
  • Can clothes truly represent an individual's personality? To what extent are they misleading or informative?
  • What one item of clothing best represents your identity? Can you explain why this is? If you were to create an image of this item how could you successfully present it so it was apparent to the viewer that it was a surrogate self-portrait or representation of self-identity?
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    © Text: Mark Hampson / Images: Belinda Mara
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