QUOTE: Why Clothing Matters

Why, how, and why people wear clothing is a daily matter, a constant concern that affects and determines every aspect of one’s life. But it is also a matter of concern, control, and anxiety for the individual, society, and government. The body, its apparel, and the identity it conveys or disguises are the stuff of which fashion is made.

— Tina Mai Chen and Paola Zamperini, “Guest Editors’ Introduction,” positions: east asian cultural critique, Volume 11, Number 2, Fall 2003

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