Monday, October 22, 2012

A little Information about Fashion

Fashion is something we deal with every day. Even people who say they don't care what they wear choose clothes every morning that say a lot about them and how they feel that day.  There's one thing for certain in the fashion world change will always come but it will always be something that's been hear before. As consumers we are constantly being bombarded with new fashion ideas from music, videos, books, and television that shape our though about what we wear and like.  Movies also have an impact on what individual will wear.

What or Who dictates your Fashion?

Musicians and other cultural icons have influenced what individuals are wearing, but so have political figures and royalty. Magazines report on what Michelle Obama is wearing and you have women looking for the same outfit so they can look like the First Lady.  Even individuals in the 1700s looked over fashion magazines to see the latest styles so they can see the trends. Women and dressmakers outside the French court relied on sketches to see what was going on. The famous French King Louis XIV said that fashion is a mirror. Even Louis himself was renowned for his style, which tended towards extravagant laces and velvet.

Clothes separate people into different categories...

Your clothes can reveal what group’s you are apart of.  When you are in high school, the groups have names: "goths, skaters, preps, nerds." Styles show who you are, but they also create stereotypes and distance between groups. For instance, a businessperson might look at a young girl or boy with green hair and multiple piercings as a freak and outsider. But to another person, they are strict conformist. They dress a certain way to deliver the message of rebellion and separation, but within that group, they are in uniform. Acceptance or rejection of a style is a reaction to the society we live in.  Fashion is a language which tells a story about the person/individual who's wearing it. "Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understand and follow in some way. 

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