Pedagogy and Professional Development

Dress, Body Modifications, and Emotional Attachment

  • Alyssa Dana Adomaitis (The New York City College of Technology, CUNY)
  • Diana Saiki (Ball State University)


Dress consists of all body modifications and supplements added to the human body. Dress includes not only changes that can been seen by the eye, but changes to the body that involves taste, smell, sound, and touch of the body. Dress supplements are inclusive of hats, shoes, and jewelry (Roach Higgins &Eicher, 1992). There is also an emotional attachment to dressing the body. When one dresses feelings about the clothes, the body, curves, and personal perceptions form when dressing.  Dressing can include dressing up and having special moments when wearing a particular garment. Sometimes, dressing can take effort, even extra effort, but the emotional aspects can lead to confidence, recall, and body positivity. Dress and its meaning is useful for fashion students to learn to better meet customer expectations. If students can make connections to their own experiences, they likely can better relate to others.

Keywords: Dress, Modifications, Emotional Attachment

How to Cite:

Adomaitis, A. D. & Saiki, D., (2024) “Dress, Body Modifications, and Emotional Attachment”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
26 Mar 2024
Peer Reviewed