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Many people believe clothing is not only a necessity; their clothing represents their cultures and beliefs. Many factors affect the clothing worn by different civilizations. Some factors include region, beliefs, climate, and gender. Time also serves as a constant in which the fashion of clothing evolves.
Though fashion changes at a constant speed, some pieces of clothing are more than just warmth and protection—some pieces of clothing remain almost synonymous with the cultures which crafted them. For instance, a billowing white toga is usually associated with the Roman Empire. A brilliantly colored, ornate kimono is most often associated with Japan. Altogether, fashion is a symbol for certain time periods and regions.
Finally, it is important to know the fashion and customs of certain regions to understand different cultures in the world. As Coco Chanel once said, "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."
A Learning Experience
This site is intended for people of high-school age, and presents a brief assembly of facts from four different cultures' fashion evolutions. A reader can expect to experience a new perspective of well-known cultures. Most educated people know of the Japanese, Roman, American, and Egyptian cultures, but many are probably unaware of the importance of fashion and the differences between the cultures. We chose these four cultures because we believe they represent a varied world perspective. From America, the melting pot of all cultures; to the other side of the world in isolated Japan; to Egypt, arguably the oldest civilization known to man; all the way to the ancient Roman Empire, the basis for modern civilization, these four cultures are each unique and provide a wonderful opportunity to learn.
To begin navigating site content, click on one of the links above the introduction. When you enter any new area, the links at the top will change. "Home" can be found either at the top of the page, if you're on the main pages, or at the bottom of the page, if you're inside of one of the cultures. When you enter a culture, the layout changes. The links to navigate around inside of the cultures are on the top of the page, and the links to go back home and skip to other cultures are down at the bottom of the page. If you ever get lost, hit "home" and it will bring you back to this page. Enjoy!