Embracing Imperfection: Contemporary Fashion Communication and Consumer Well-Being
Lai, Y. and Perminiene, M. 2020. Embracing Imperfection: Contemporary Fashion Communication and Consumer Well-Being. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. 24 (4), pp. 685-703. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFMM-03-2019-0040
|Authors||Lai, Y. and Perminiene, M.|
Fashion advertising as a contemporary ideological form has the power to deliver semiotic messages, which frames individuals' perception. Promoting perfection in consumer culture has resulted in the creation of unrealistic self-image and negative effects that led to psychological illnesses and pathological behaviours. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the ideology behind the contemporary fashion advertising that embraces imperfection and is linked to consumer subjective well-being.
Nine fashion ads were selected based on the WGSN consumer report Embracing Imperfection. A sample of images was analysed applying semiotic analysis combined with the criteria of content analysis.
The results supported the notion that some contemporary fashion communication brands are challenging the conventional idea of perfection. Five themes were identified as the characteristics that bridged the visual surface of advertising with its hidden ideologies of imperfection. By supporting “anonymity”, fashion brand communication is against excessive self-focus and helps reducing anxiety due to being imperfect. By promoting “rawness”, it encourages authenticity and uniqueness. “Banality” rejects materialism and promotes the beauty of the boring day. “Ugliness” advocates for removal of the single standards and celebrate individual differences, and “spontaneity” is interchangeable for humanity, freedom, openness and acceptance of self.
This study is among the few attempts to conduct semiotic analysis of fashion advertising images aiming to identify the visual components and ideologies that could potentially be linked to subjective well-being in fashion communication.
|Journal||Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management|
|Journal citation||24 (4), pp. 685-703|
|Publisher||Emerald Publishing Limited|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1108/JFMM-03-2019-0040|
|Online||24 Apr 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||02 Apr 2020|
|Deposited||06 May 2020|
|Copyright holder||© 2020 Emerald Publishing Limited|
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