Fashion Influence and Interpretation

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Body piercing is practice that initiated itself into fashion and culture thousands of years ago within ancient tribal societies that were symbols of a rite of passage and considered a badge of rank. This tradition went to the background for many western cultures related to the idea that it was associated with barbarian tribes until an era of Elizabethan time when sailors came into contact with tribes that sported ear lobe piercings. The sailors believed that this ear lobe piercing enhanced their long distance vision. Another resurgence emerged during the Victorian era when genital piercings became fashionable to impose chastity in women and prevent the male genitalia from showing in the tight trousers wore during this time. Prince Albert is the most famous when discussing this type of piercing. Genital piercing mostly died out but the ear lobe piercing continued to be fashionable up to present day (Schurman, nd).

The current practice of body piercing today can be related back to 1970 to an eccentric millionaire, Doug Malloy of Los Angeles, Ca. Malloy became interested in the culture of body piercing and practiced on himself and enlisted others, one of which is referred to as the father of British piercing, Alan Oversby (unknown, nd). With many fashion influences, the beginnings are in the west and move eastward into the population. The origin of this tradition began as tribal ritual to sustain a rank within and has migrated to an origin of social expression into present day. The etic view of body piercing among many today is that the wears are expressing a fad. A fad is referred to as short lived fashion that can come and go in a short amount of time (Frings, 2008). But, as history has proven body piercing is not a fad. There is no true functionality of modern day piercing as in past. During the 1980’s and 1990’s body piercing became an area…...

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