Curating the Self: Second-hand Fashion and New York City
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation examines why people buy second-hand clothing today in New York City. Given that second-hand clothing is often stigmatized as dirty, smelly, and associated with the “poor,’ how do people make sense of integrating used-clothing as part of their lives? According to the dominant ideology on fashion, power and class warfare drive people’s need for fashion where it serves as a status emblem. This postulation is challenged by used-clothing, making it a fascinating empirical problem.
Yangzom, Dicky, "Curating the Self: Second-hand Fashion and New York City" (2021). Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertations. 218.