What Does Fashion Have to Do With It?
Fashion is a generic term for any style of dressing in which clothes are specifically chosen to fit particular styles and occasions. Fashion can be used to refer to a style of dressing generally or to a particular brand of fashion that one wears. Fashion can refer to the aesthetic sense by which clothes are selected or the emotional commitment to a particular trend in fashion that causes a person to change their everyday clothes and even hairstyles to fit in with that particular trend.
Fashion is an art form in the sense that it is a way of learning about how people interpret the world around them, both physically and emotionally. Fashion is a mode of autonomy and self-expression at a given time and location and in a given context, with particular clothes, footwear, make-up, hairstyle, accessories, and other body language indicating the attitude, or culture, associated with that particular time and place. The word ‘fashion’ itself originally referred only to clothes and therefore was not intended to have any cultural or political meaning beyond the specific world of the designers who created it. Today the term has much greater cultural and political significance as the art of the modern age reflects attitudes and preferences across the world.
The term ‘fashion’ today is used widely to describe any style or type of dress that one chooses to wear on a regular or customary basis. In fact, fashion trends are so pervasive that we often take them for granted, believing that our choices affect only our own lives but those around us. Fashion can affect all areas of life; for example, certain colors of lipstick may be considered unfashionable in some cultures, while acceptable in others. Certain styles of footwear may also be considered unfashionable in certain countries but acceptable elsewhere.
A great deal of research has been done into the varying factors that affect individuals as they choose to dress, from cultural expectations to personal feelings and even emotions. Fashion trends emerge from the responses of people to these changes in their everyday life. For example, one important trend emerging in recent years is the preference for organic and natural products, such as clothing and cosmetics. However, some people are concerned about this type of change, claiming that they are not environmentally friendly or do not adhere to ethical standards. It is interesting to note the parallel development between traditional ideas of beauty and the new cultural ideals of beauty.
Another significant trend emerging in the field of fashion is that of the ‘high fashion’, a trend towards very elaborate and expensive fashions, that are worn mainly by celebrities and other high-profile members of society. ‘High fashion’ is the term often used to refer to the collections of expensive and designer clothing that are worn by top French and Italian designers as well as other celebrities around the world. However, many younger people today are discovering the potential of ‘high fashion’ as a way of saving money through the purchase of cheaper and more stylish clothing. High fashion can be seen as a counterbalance to the increasing wealth gap between rich and poor, and there is now a growing number of people who are both rich and poor who are willing to spend a lot of money on clothes and accessories to make a statement about their social status.
Fashion is an ever-changing culture that affects all aspects of a person’s life, including clothing. This means that a person’s choice of what they wear has a profound effect upon how they are perceived by others. The impact can be negative if a person chooses a clothing style that is considered to be offensive to a particular group of people, but it can also have positive benefits such as promoting social equality. Whatever the case, the fashion industry will continue to change and evolve as one of the major driving forces behind modern society.