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Aesthetic Characteristics of Glocalism in Flight Attendants' Uniform Design

  • Kim, Ji U (Dept. of Fashion, Graduate School, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Kim, Jang Hyeon (Dept. of Fashion Design, College of Arts, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Kim, Young Sam (Dept. of Fashion Design, College of Arts, Chung-Ang University)
  • Received : 2014.09.05
  • Accepted : 2014.12.30
  • Published : 2015.02.28

Abstract

This study considers the expressive types of 'Glocalism' trends and its inherent aesthetic characteristics through the analysis of flight attendants' uniform design. The following is the conclusions regarding the glocalism trend according to the analysis of airline uniform design that reflect it. First, the design approach was developed appropriating the whole or parts of traditional attire and applying decorative items in terms of a formal aspect. Secondly, the colors of the airline's homeland symbols or natural environment were used while, thirdly, the fabrics represent glocalism by employing folk elements of the region and patterns of nature for a uniform design. Induced from these design analyses, the aesthetic characteristics of airline uniforms reflecting glocalism are traditionality, naturality, and compromisability. To begin with, traditionality is what is realized in interpreting the historical aesthetics in a contemporary perspective, contributing in inspiring the historical value of the homeland and contributing to the establishment of identity by applying forms and colors of traditional garments with folk patterns on a uniform design. In addition, naturality means the reorganization of unprocessed pure nature, expressing the image of nature through colors taken from the natural environment or motifs of the regional plants. Finally, combining general sensibilities with diverse cultural features, compromisability is realized as a modern design which combines a standardized uniform with the aesthetic components of the local environment and traditional garments.

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