According to the Oxford Dictionary fashion is
a noun, and it means: A popular
or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behavior. However, I
believe there is more to ‘fashion’ rather than the models, clothing and runway fashion
shows in which people seem to think about when the word fashion is brought
upon. Raf Simons, who is one of the most prominent clothing designers of this
generation once said “I don’t want to show clothes, I want to show my attitude,
my past, present and future. I use memories and future visions and try to place
them in today’s world.” The influential designer is stating how he uses clothing
to bring past and present ideas into fruition. I believe more can be added to
what Simons had said and together as a society we could further define what
fashion truly is. To completely grasp what fashion means one must understand the
multitude of factors that influence fashion, whether that be social trends or
the media itself. Fashion can be used as an outlet for self-expression that
ultimately reveals the character and personality of a person. Fashion promotes
individuality, self-expression, self-confidence and will continue to evolve.
Fashion is eternal.
has a different sense of fashion and is entitled to express themselves in
whatever way they feel like. Fashion derives from several different areas.
Inspiration can be found through hobbies, music and other people. Fashion can
be seen as a form of communication where people are able to express how they
feel and show their interests. People incorporate their own life experiences
and beliefs through fashion since it is a part of their everyday life.
factors that directly impact fashion as a whole today are trends and the media.
Most people tend to follow what is popular in society, so if a specific trend
is popular people will try to include it within their lifestyle. One fashion
trend that is extremely popular during this generation are distressed and
ripped jeans which older people find oddly peculiar. Another factor that
influences fashion greatly is the media. Whenever you see a certain celebrity
or popular figure wear something different, people tend to take inspiration
from that and want to copy that style since they deem it to be fashionable. The
media narrows down the perspective of people in the way that they try to form
what is okay to wear and what isn’t okay to wear. True fashion shouldn’t come
from other people, but should derive from what your own mind and body likes.
Fashion isn’t when you own a Saint Laurent or Dior suit, but it is rather when
you have your own interests as an individual which you reflect the way you feel
best fits. If you are comfortable and confident in what you wear or present
that is fashion itself.
to some people fashion is merely a hobby, but for others it is their passion
and job. Coco Chanel a famous women’s designer once said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses
only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the
way we live, what is happening.” Fashion constantly pushes people to be
creative and forces one to express themselves. Unlike other professions fashion
creates individuality and diversity in society. As people grow older their
stylistic view on fashion will proceed to grow with them as well. People are
able to share common interests and grow stronger bonds through fashion. Fashion
allows people to take pride in individuality.