Masquerade costume

The Dogon people of Mali perform ceremonial dances dressed in striking masks and costumes. One such dance honours the dead: every morning and evening for up to six days, masqueraders dance in the village and surrounding fields – even on the deceased’s rooftop. Today, the Dogon also perform dances to entertain tourists.

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How do you use clothing to change your role or identity?

responded: Jan 20, 2012

Posted by Alexandra

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Clothing plays a significant role in our everyday lives and it has become a means of communication and self-expression. Street style's popularity has increased a great amount around the world with blogs and websites that document normal people going about their day. Famous photographers have contributed to this trend such as Scott Schuman for The Sartorialist and Yvan Rodic for The Facehunter. Street style is the perfect example of how clothing changes your role and identity. The photographs taken of people on the street all depict a different style and they all have a unique looks that can be reflected in their colour combinations, their accessories, the textures or even a certain item of clothing that stands out. Everyone has a certain look or style, however these looks may vary depending on the occasion, the country you live in or even the mood you're in that day. My looks really vary depending where I am. For example, when I go home to Mexico I tend to wear brighter colours and dresses for the warmth. However, when I'm in Toronto, I wear a lot of blacks, grays and muted tones with a punch of colour in an accessory like a scarf. I find the clothing style in Toronto to be more conservative and "business casual" and I believe the style of a certain city can definitely influence your outfits and clothing choices. People also dress for the occasion and purpose of their day. For example, if I'm at home I would probably wear something comfortable like jeans or leggings with a top or sweater. If I have a job interview, I would likely wear black pants, heels, a nice trendy top and a colourful blazer. The clothing you wear represents who you are and defines your taste. The most interesting part of it is that your taste evolves and your clothing choices do as well. Everything around us can inspire us to want to dress differently and it is interesting to see how people combine their wardrobe to create new looks.

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