Post modernism literally means it is the era after the modernism. Post modernism is actually a Pandora box of different definition. It is very difficult to actually box the concept of post modernism. The symbolization of an object has many definitions that depend on the individual’s worldview. There is also a general discomfort by the traditionalists for the changes in ideologies that this postmodern view brings into the societal norms. Esp. the youth challenge the way in which society is conformed.
“ A criticism that can be made of such post modern accounts of youth style and fashion is that in their attempts to deconstruct earlier structuralists account they simultaneously deconstruct the notion of style as a collective sensibility” (Bennet 2005, p. 103)
For example if a women showed a lot of skin in her clothing she was attributed as someone who is not respectable however in this post modernism era it can be used to represent boldness of a women, the clichés that she is trying to break and express her individualism. (Oatley 2011) In a postmodernism there are factors that are depicted that is not very apparent to the eye. There are a lot of hidden meanings that the individuals are able to find depending on their intellect and worldview.
“The choice of clothes is thus partly about expressing one’s identity. However to simply view the choice of clothes as an expression of ones identity is to a certain extent a too simple way of dealing with a complex question of identity formation” (Kratz 1998, p.194)
As clearly elucidated by Kratz it is apparent that the clothing of a person is used to denote a certain ideology and identity however in the post modern view it is not limited only to the attire of a person. The expression of gender in the form of fashion and clothing is one way of showcasing it. However there is a lot more attributes that go into defining the gender identity of a person.