Author(s): Selda KOZBEKÇ? AYRANPINAR, Ay?egül KAPLAN BA?CIK
Whilst it is known that the reason behind the first trousers design was functionality, over the centuries different socio-political meanings have been assigned and it was symbolised every now and then. Having been designed functionally, that functional features of the clothing piece were put aside and ignored in time and were replaced with religious, sexist and socio-political subjects such as discrimination and equality. In this study, the origin of trousers and its evolution and its becoming the indicator of class distinction with the inequality between women and men were discussed and women’s perspectives on trousers were presented. As it is cosmopolitan, the city of Istanbul was chosen as the field of application and it was aimed to determine the reasons behind ‘Istanbuller’ women’s tendency to wear trousers. Questionnaire method was employed and 420 women, living in Istanbul, were asked questions about the functionality of trousers, their attitudes towards style, feminist frame of minds and brand movements and the reasons for wearing trousers were determined.