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Fashion’s Pimp Up Posse: Leather, Sneakers and Community ID

Owen, KJ (2020) Fashion’s Pimp Up Posse: Leather, Sneakers and Community ID. Zonemoda, Vol 10 (No 1S). ISSN 2611-0563

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The purpose of this research is to assess the value of an alternative production approach to leather(specificallycustomisation — noun — the action of modifying something to suit a particular individ-ual or task) and examine the sub cultural sneaker group who subscribe to, or are central to the craftof customisation. The people who are defined by the need for individuality. The study seeks to es-tablish if this sub-group are rethinking and developing a new relationship towards dress and creatingan alternative leather fashion aesthetic through their pursuit of unique. The spectacle of these items,in this case sneakers, becomes the display, the piece by which the wearer wishes to be noticed. Butit also serves to question our fundamental philosophies of ready-to-wear fashion, and if our clothingand footwear can be honed and changed into new and unique items, the desirability and wanton as-pect is altered. Style elevation, ownership and longevity improve the life cycle of these fashion items.This rethinking between sneaker and wearer who will pimp up, restore, custom and convert in orderto sustain and nurture the item develops a new, more ethical and flexible connection towards attire.One which could influence future ways of seeing leather fashion item.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT500 Costume. Dress. Fashion
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: ZoneModa Journal
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Date Deposited: 27 May 2020 08:54
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:05
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13009
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