The ever-evolving Dynamics of Fashion and Clothing, fashion sense, modern fashion, catchy clothes are on the rise in the modern era.
What is fashion according to me?
When people hear the word “fashion” something very obvious comes to mind: expensive clothes, superficial attitudes, runways, models, and consumerism. No wonder there’s so much negative view towards the fashion industry. For me personally, fashion is such a broader concept than the stereotype, it represents who we are on an everyday level, and how we portray that through our clothes. What we wear is the definition of who we are as individuals.
Fashion doesn’t necessarily include only clothing, but also accessories, hairstyles, beauty and body art. What we wear, how we wear it, where we wear it, and how we pull it off socially gives a small outlook of our situation to the society that we belong to.Fashion is in a way a mode of communication or language which helps tells a story and bring that story to life, the story about the person who wears it.
“Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understand.”~Katherine Hamnett, a top British fashion designer
Fashion is a state of mind. A spirit, a way to express one’s self. Fashion communicates it’s a silent whisper of your reality, fashion could be your average ripped jeans and a tank top or your expensive Givenchy met gala look and maybe it could be just your smile. But above everything fashion is about being comfortable within your own skin, translating your self-esteem through fashion into a personal style.
Fashion is a way of measuring a temporary mood that can be presented in many aspects and depicts psychologically, culturally, and even socially. But it should be kept in mind that, fashion shouldn’t be taken too seriously or the obvious the fun of it will be lost. Fashion was is and will always be comforting.
Where and how it all began?
The modern fashion industries were based around firms or fashion houses which were run by individual designers, tailors or artists; this all started in the 19th century with Charles Frederick Worth. Worth born on 13 October 1825 till 10 March 1895, was a fashion designer from England who founded the very great “House of Worth”, one of the earliest fashion houses of the 19th and early 20th centuries. He is considered to be the father of haute couture by many fashion historians. Charles Frederick Worth is also very well given credit for revolutionizing the business of fashion. Charles Frederick Worth was also one of the foremost designers from 1858 to have his label sewn into the garments that he created.
Before the 19th century, there was no division between haute couture and ready-to-wear. The most basic and major pieces of female clothing were made according to the measure by dressmakers and seamstresses dealing directly with the client, and making it fitting to her shape. Ready to wear hats, gloves and similar accessories were mostly made and sold in shops as now. Men worked with tailors in the same way. Clothes became increasing based on printed designs, these were designs, especially from Paris.
The western world was characterized by a rich and exotic opulence of fashion in 1910–1919. In the first half of the decade men's trousers were worn cuffed to ankle-length and creased and women’s skirts rose from floor length to well above the ankle, bob hair-cut was slowly growing famous.
Right after the First World War, a drastic change came about in fashion. Short bobs, dresses with long trains, above-the-knee pinafores were given way by Bouffant coiffures. In some cases, women borrowed their clothes from the male wardrobe and chose to dress like boys, Corsets were abandoned. shorter, low-waisted dresses and revealing styles, cloche hats, a mixture of brightly colored clothes, scarves and stockings with bold, striking geometric designs were the fashion trends.
The public began to feel the effects of the Great Depression, quite a few designers were clear that crises were not the time for experimentation in the 1930s. The compromise was noticed in fashion. Overall, somber and modest was the style of the 1930s. Women's fashions moved towards a more romantic, feminine and further away from the daring style of the 1920s. popularity arouse with the restoration of the waistline, there was a renewed appreciation of the bust with the hemlines dropping to nearly ankle-length and backless evening gown.
During the occupation of Paris, many fashion houses closed during World War II. Several designers relocated to New York permanently. For a woman to flaunt herself or add color to a slightly dull outfit was to wear a hat. Hats were usually made of scraps of material that mostly gets thrown away. Skirts were mostly worn blouses. Blouses with padded shoulders were styled. It was during the 1940s that pants first gained popularity among women.
Fashion in the 50s instead of being more progressive and revolutionary the 50s fashion was inclined towards the past decade. Women were fashioned with corseted waists and swirling skirts till mid-calf. Fashion profited hugely from the rapid growth of the media.
Since the 1960s, there was never just a single, existing trend or fashion but a lot of possibilities, which could have been connected to all kinds of influences in different areas of people's lives. Progressively there evolved a distinct teenager culture in this period. The early 1960s were famously known for drainpipe jeans and capri pants. Casual dresses such as plaid shirts worn with slim blue jeans, comfortable slacks, or skirts became more unisex.
The 70s was informally nicknamed the 'me' decade’ or 'please yourself'. Critics saw it as the end of good taste. Hippie look, with kaftans, Indian scarves, and floral-print tunics began its magic during this decade. Frayed jeans with bell-bottom, tie-dye were popular, and unisex fashion grew furthermore.
Britain, America, Europe, and Australia in the 1980s had a heavy emphasis on expensive clothes and fashion accessories. An image of wealth through jewelry, large faux-gold earrings, pearl necklaces, and clothing covered with sequins and diamonds were expressed by the women in 80s. The hippie movement was pushed to an end by the revolutionary punk fashion. The second half of the decade invited the iconic 80s color scheme came into popularity.
There was no longer only one fashion trend to follow, there was a strong contrast to the 70s and 80s fashion. The fear of over-dressing replaced the phobia of being underdressed for women. Denim shirts, colored jeans, high waisted jeans, metallic Spandex leggings, halter neck crop tops, colored tights, bike shorts, black leather jackets with shoulder pads, Capri leggings, and skating dresses were the new interesting addition to the fashion.
The trends saw the fusion of previous vintage styles, global and ethnic clothing like boho, fashions was highly based numerous music subcultures. 2000s fashion was referred to as ‘a global mashup’. Among young people of both sexes, hip-hop fashion was the most popular generally.
The 2010s have thus far been defined 1990s grunge look. Monochromatic trends from 2014 to 2017 for clothing includes black and white lace dresses/blouses, peter pan collars for jackets and dresses, the very famous white Adidas Superstar sneakers with black/gold stripes, black or nude slip dresses, T-shirt dresses.
Trendsetter, exclusive and unique are some of the words usually picked to describe the term ‘high fashion’. Mass-produced are easily accessible and usually made with cheaper materials which are available at the mass market; the quality of the materials and high cost defines the high fashion products.
Here are some of the ever-famous fashion names:
Yves Saint Laurent
Domenico Dolce (R) and Stefano Gabbana
Fashion trends changes over time and there is always a space for new addition to the trend.
Can you create a trend?