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Title: Fashion change and fashion consumption : the chaotic perspective
Authors: Law, KM
Zhang, ZM
Leung, CS
Issue Date: 2004
Source: Journal of fashion marketing and management, 2004, v. 8, no. 4, p. 362-374
Abstract: Previous researches have considered that the impact of fashion change and fashion consumption is linear. Therefore, one reason was found as the ultimate source to explain why a fashion style/ trend was spread to the mass market. However, the existing market is complex and difficult to find out the holistic reason to explain fashion consumption. In this study, the chaotic perspective is taken into account to investigate the relationship between fashion change and fashion consumption. By using the grounded theory method, 33 in-depth interviews were conducted. A chaotic fashion consumption model is developed from the findings to explain how different fashions are consumed and rejected while fashion changes. It is found that the interaction of being fashionable, perceived fashionability and system participation affects the ultimate decision on fashion consumption. It is also found that a pattern can be traced to forecast the degree of fashion consumption even when the fashion change phenomenon is chaotic. Thus, it is similar to the principle of chaos theory that short-term prediction is possible in relation to the degree of fashion acceptance among consumers. Marketing implications are suggested with reference to the chaotic fashion consumption model.
Keywords: Consumers
Social change
Young adults
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Journal: Journal of fashion marketing and management 
ISSN: 1361-2026
DOI: 10.1108/13612020410559966
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