Society and Identity
The cultural logic of global style
Chris Hudson, Craig Latrell, William Peterson, Tets Kimura, Shih-Ying Lin
Hybridization, localisation and indigenization are well-rehearsed features of local-global connections that can be seen in Asia’s engagement with the West. Since cultural boundaries have never been fixed, the exchange of cultural forms and symbolic meaning has always been a two-way process. Forms of radical eclecticism arising from a perpetual flow of influences have produced new constellations of meaning that have rewritten aesthetic standards on a global scale. Important sites for an examination of these phenomena are fashion and the performance of personal style. The copying of styles or modes of representation appearing as mimicry, parody or aesthetic transformation is a common feature of the West’s engagement with Asia. This panel will examine forms of self-representation, in particular fashion, that have arisen as result of the cultural and economic logic of the global commodification of style.