Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


D.O. Arubayi


Dressing is an act of putting on clothes and usually a means of expressing our individuality. Thompson (2005) citing Kaiser (1997) opined that dressing is the total arrangement of all outward detectable modification of the body and all material objects added to it. The implication of this is that dressing which is an aspect of clothing is the external covering put on the body for different purposes. The way an individual dresses is a tangible expression of an individual’s unique value system. Arubayi (2004), enumerated the followings as reasons why people wear clothes: to protect, to cover their nakedness, to enhance their beauty, to act as a form of camouflage, to attract and seduce the opposite sex, to express individual status, to conform, to manipulate, and to act as a form of identity. Vanderhoff (1988), John and Foster (1998), stated that the dressing pattern of an individual is a “Sign language” that communicates a complex set of information and is usually the basis on which impressions are formed. What the individual wears also communicates moods, feelings, emotions, values and ideas through the pervasive effects of art elements.