I dress like everyone, i dress like no other

D. Volchenkov, E. Banaszak, K. Kocjan, T. Krüger

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By a successive reduction of complexity in the appearance data collected in situ, we have shown that the way people maintain their appearance constitutes a multi-level dynamical process evolving in several incomparable time scales. The slowest component of this process represents a gradual diffusion of features (with a measurable pace of growing variance) from a proto-costume, which is likely has the 19th century military uniform as a prototype for men, and a robe de soirée - for women. The rapidly varying component of the process is statistically reminiscent of adiabatic processes in thermodynamics which evolve rapidly, without exchange of heat of a system with its environment. The appearance of other people can be considered as being in a state of "thermal equilibrium" between the almost imperceptible, subtle modifications of a traditional costume and the one day gusts of unpredictable fashion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-159
Number of pages13
JournalDiscontinuity, Nonlinearity, and Complexity
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


  • Data analysis
  • Dress up distance
  • Dress up strategies
  • Fashion traits


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