“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.”Miuccia Prada
On a daily level, we all deal with fashion. Even individuals who pretend they don’t care what they wear choose ensembles every morning that indicate a lot about themselves and how they are feeling on that particular day.
Change is one constant in the world of fashion. From music, films, books, and television, we are continuously inundated with fresh fashion ideas. Movies have a significant influence on how individuals dress.
After the release of the film Men in Black, Ray-Ban sold more sunglasses. A trend can sometimes be global. Teenagers dressed as Elvis Presley in the 1950s all around the world.
Who decides what is fashionable?
Politicians and monarchy, as well as musicians and other cultural icons, have long had an influence on what we wear. The clothes Hillary Clinton wears are reported in newspapers and publications.
The loss of Diana, Princess of Wales, was a devastating blow to the high fashion world, where her outfits were front-page news on a daily basis.
Even in the 1700s, people looked through fashion publications to see what was new. Outside of the French court, women and dressmakers relied on sketches to see what was going on.
Fashion, according to the legendary French King Louis XIV, is a mirror. The People knew Louis for his expensive laces and velvets, which he favored.
Fashion is a never-ending popularity competition.
High fashion is the style of a select group of men and women who have a certain level of taste and fashion authority. Haute Couture (French for “high fashion”) includes people of money and rank, buyers for big department shops, editors, and writers for fashion periodicals.
Some of these pricey and often beautiful trends may succeed and become the norm for the vast majority of people. The majority of people stay on the runway.
Popular trends are nearly tough to track. No one knows how short skirts and boots worn by teens in England in 1960 found their way to the runways of Paris, or how blue jeans got so popular in the United States, or how hip-hop made its way from the streets of the Bronx to the runways of London and Milan Haute Couture fashion shows.
It’s simple to detect what’s trendy by watching sitcoms on TV: 90210’s bare midriffs and sporty clothing, The Fresh Prince of Bel-baggy Air’s jeans. However, fashion determines the direction of how “plugged-in” people react to events and trends in music, art, and books.
Clothing divides people into groups.
Fashion reveals a lot. Clothes reveal which social groupings people belong to. Groups in high school have labels like “goths,” “skaters,” “preps,” and “herbs.”
Styles define who you are, but they also create prejudices and divide groups. A businessman, for example, would regard a young man with green hair and several piercings as a freak and outcast.
To another individual, though, the boy appears to be a rigid conformist. He dresses in a certain manner to convey a sense of disobedience and isolation, but the look is consistent throughout the group.
Accepting or rejecting a style is a response to the society in which we live.
Why do we wear our clothes
- People have worn a variety of styles to elicit “chemistry.”
- When we are happy, we dress “up,” and when we are sad, we dress “down.”
- Islamic women cover every part of their body save their eyes, while Orthodox Jewish males wear long black suits.
- Mountain climbers wear high-tech clothing to minimize frostbite and overexposure to the cold, rain, and snow.
Judges wear robes, military personnel wears uniforms, and brides wear long white gowns as part of their identification and tradition.
People used clothing as a political weapon.
People were not allowed to wear garments made in France in nineteenth-century England due to laws. Uniforms were utilized to eliminate class and race distinctions throughout twentieth-century communist revolutions.