Reference Library: Fashion
The term 'fashion' applies to a prevailing mode of expression. Inherent in the term is the idea that the mode will change more quickly than the culture as a whole. The terms "fashionable" and "unfashionable" are employed to describe whether someone or something fits in with the current popular mode of expression.
The term "fashion" is often used in a negative sense, as a synonym for fads and trends. In this sense, fashions are essentially a relief from boredom, or a distraction from important matters, for the idle rich. The term is also frequently used in a positive sense, as a synonym for glamour and style. In this sense, fashions are a sort of communal art, through which a culture examines its notions of beauty and goodness.
Fashions are social psychology phenomena common to many fields of human activity and thinking. The rises and falls of fashions have been especially documented and examined in the following fields:
*Architecture, interior design, and landscape design
*Arts and crafts
*Body type, clothing or costume, cosmetics, grooming, and personal adornment
*Dance and music
*Forms of address, slang, and other forms of speech
*Economics and spending choices, as studied in behavioral finance
*Entertainment, games, hobbies, sports, and other pastimes
*Politics and media, especially the topics of conversation encouraged by the media
*Philosophy and spirituality (One might argue that religion is prone to fashions, although official religions tend to change so slowly that the term cultural shift is perhaps more appropriate than "fashion")
*Technology, such as the choice of programming techniques
Of these fields, costume especially has become so linked in the public eye with the term "fashion". The more general term "costume" has been relegated by many to only mean fancy dress or masquerade wear, while the term "fashion" means clothing generally, and the study of it. This linguistic switch is due to the so-called fashion plates which were produced during the Industrial Revolution, showing novel ways to use new textiles. For a broad cross-cultural look at clothing and its place in society, refer to the entries for clothing and costume. The remainder of this article deals with clothing fashions in the industrialized world.
Fashion and variation
The European idea of fashion as a personal statement rather than a cultural expression begins in the 16th century: ten portraits of German or Italian gentlemen may show ten entirely different hats. But the local culture still set the bounds, as Albrecht Dürer recorded in his actual or composite contrast of Nuremberg and Venetian fashions at the close of the 15th century (illustration, right). Fashions among upper-class Europeans began to move in synchronicity in the 18th century; though colors and patterns of textiles changed from year to year, (Thornton), the cut of a gentleman's coat and the length of his waistcoat, or the pattern to which a lady's dress was cut changed more slowly. Men's fashions derived from military models, and changes in a European male silhouette are galvanized in theatres of European war, where gentleman officers had opportunities to make notes of foreign styles: an example is the "Steinkirk" cravat (see Cravat).
The pace of change picked up in the 1780s with the publication of French engravings that showed the latest Paris styles. By 1800, all Western Europeans were dressing alike: local variation became first a sign of provincial culture, and then a badge of the conservative peasant (James Laver; Fernand Braudel).
Fashion in clothes has allowed wearers to express emotion or solidarity with other people for millennia. Modern Westerners have a wide choice available in the selection of their clothes. What a person chooses to wear can reflect that person's personality or likes. When people who have cultural status start to wear new or different clothes a fashion trend may start. People who like or respect them may start to wear clothes of a similar style.
Fashions may vary significantly within a society according to age, social class, generation, occupation and geography as well as over time. If, for example, an older person dresses according to the fashion of young people, he or she may look ridiculous in the eyes of both young and older people. The term "fashion victim" refers to someone who slavishly follows the current fashions (implementations of fashion).
One can regard the system of sporting various fashions as a fashion language incorporating various fashion statements using a grammar of fashion. (Compare some of the work of Roland Barthes.)
*Thornton, Peter. Baroque and Rococo Silks.
This is an example list of some of the fads and trends of the 21st century:
sport suits and sports jackets,
blazer jackets, and
:See also History of Western fashion
Fashion and the process of change
Fashion, by definition, changes constantly. The changes may proceed more rapidly than in most other fields of human activity (language, thought, etc). For some, modern fast-paced changes in fashion embody many of the negative aspects of capitalism: it results in waste and encourages people qua consumer s to buy things unnecessarily. Others, especially young people, enjoy the diversity that changing fashion can apparently provide, seeing the constant change as a way to satisfy their desire to experience "new" and "interesting" things. Note too that fashion can change to enforce uniformity, as in the case where so-called Mao suits became the national uniform of mainland China.
Materially affluent societies can offer a variety of different fashions, in clothes or accessories, to choose from. At the same time there remains an equal or larger range designated (at least currently) 'out of fashion'. (These or similar fashions may cyclically come back 'into fashion' in due course, and remain 'in fashion' again for a while.)
Practically every aspect of appearance that can be changed has been changed at some time. In the past, new discoveries and lesser-known parts of the world could provide an impetus to change fashions based on the exotic: Europe in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries, for example, might favor things Turkish at one time, things Chinese at another, and things Japanese at a third. Globalization has reduced the options of exotic novelty in more recent times.
Fashion houses and their associated fashion designers, as well as high-status consumers (including celebrities), appear to have some role in determining the rates and directions of fashion change.
Fashion and status
Fashion can suggest or signal status in a social group. Groups with high cultural status like to keep 'in fashion' to display their position;a luxury product with promised quality and limited availability is what they pursue. people who do not keep 'in fashion' within a so-called "style tribe" can risk shame.
Fashion-minded consumers are often characterized as 'sheep', dwelling too much on what others think and blindly following trends chronicled by the mass media (often based on public relations materials created by the manufacturers of fashionable goods); see the derogatory term fashionista).
A major part of fashion is fashion journalism. Journalists comment about the latest fashions on the runway, as well as on the red carpet. Fashion critique and commentary can be found in magazines, on TV, and now more recently in blogs.
Fashion has a great responsibility towards today’s main issues. The apparel industry uses toxic chemicals and materials among the most hazardous. The hidden costs of conventional fashion are, broadly, issues of pollution, waste and workers'rights. From haute couture to urban wear a new wave of recycled, reconditioned, organic and fair trade designs are challenging conventional fashion.
:"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." - Oscar Wilde
*[http://www.bl.uk/collections/business/fashindu.html The British Library - finding information on the fashion industry]
*[http://www.fashion.net Fashion Net - the web's oldest fashion site]
Category:History of fashion
The Term Fashion
fashion is a way a person expresses theirselves and their own personalities, identification. A person uses fashion, clothes to show people who they are. Most people follow the specific trend st the current time, or as some people say. what is 'in'.
Different designers hold fashion shows where models walk up and down the 'catwalk' with elaborate hairstyles in new outrageous fashion,
Some people follow groups of people, all showing their group by their fashion sense. i.e - Gothic, Emo , Mosher , sk8er, etc. And some countries use different styles of clothigs to show which ethnic group we belong to , i.e = pakistani, muslim, arabic, indian etc.
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