Taste and Fashion: The Social Function of Fashion and Style

  title={Taste and Fashion: The Social Function of Fashion and Style},
  author={Jukka Gronow},
  journal={Acta Sociologica},
  pages={100 - 89}
  • J. Gronow
  • Published 1 April 1993
  • Art
  • Acta Sociologica
In the classical European humanistic tradition, fashion was alwavs thought to be anti thetical to good taste. A person blindly following the whims of fashion was without style, whereas a man of style - or a gentleman - used his own power of judgement Immanuel Kant shared this conception with many of his contemporaries. It is well known that Georg Simmel's idea of a formal sociology was influenced by his reading of Kant's aesthetic writings. Even Simmel's famous essay on fashion can best be… 
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