COP1 Essay extract

The mere concept of not judging one by their appearance is difficult to imagine in this day and age and almost quite near impossible to do. It is how we as humans decode or decipher someone. If one aspect of their appearance is completely misleading to that of what one may link it to about their personality, it will still hold some link or significance to something else about them anyway. We only judge what we see based on stereotype and our own knowledge about the subject matter at hand, meaning the amount of variables and connotations one element of appearance may have is unfathomable.

Countless cultures, sub-cultures and communities have built that of what they represent or voice around appearance, being only recognisable through that aspect or element of himself or herself. You could think as simply as a uniform; a man dressed as a Police Officer is more than likely to be just that. Uniform is immensely important and almost subconsciously prominent in todays society being almost everywhere and providing a sense of order to what it represents, quite reflective of what it usually is: a public service, a restaurant and so on. Being able to judge maintains order and comfort within society and one of its most important aspects to date, at that.

However, it seems for a lot of sub-cultures, their trends go no further than just aesthetic, leaving impracticalities for what their practices entail. For example, a plumber wear’s overalls with many pockets and a hardwearing layer, to store tools and keep to himself from getting too dirty and damaged when working. However, for someone such as a ‘punk rocker’, ideals may be having somewhere on them to hold accessories and the like which reflect their culture. Women in the punk scene often dress themselves in much more masculine clothing, so would making more masculine clothes, but with a subdued feminine sub-tone be appealing to female partakers in the culture? The outcomes and what would interest someone in their culture are endless, and even more so for punk due to the heavily rebellious tone conveyed in their scene. Designing something just for them could be seen as quite contradictory to what the background aim was in the first place.

A subculture is essentially a branch off from a single theme or subject, explored and endorsed by the occupants who found interest. This explains why sub-cultures such as goths can have their characteristics and attire related to that of the Elizabethan, Victorian and medieval period and tend to express occult religious imagery. Influences can also be drawn from the 19th century Gothic literature as well as modern darker literature and horror films. Interestingly, goth culture was also a branch off of the post-punk genre, revealing reasons to similar fronts and aspects in both..

The punk subculture centres around a multitude of themes, including punk rock, fashion and many forms of expression, including, visual art, dance, literature and film. Notable tropes include the loud and aggressive rock genre, named punk rock, and people in its culture appear to adopt a large sense of individual freedom and rebellious nature to society. As is with most known or notable sub-cultures, a lack of conformity is heavily present.

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