What Is Fashion?
“What to wear? What to wear? That is the question.” This is the FIRST major decision you make at the beginning of the day.
“Whether it is nobler to look like myself or somebody else?” This is the all too often fashion quandary we can find ourselves in at the beginning of the day.
What do I feel like, what do I want to look like, and how do I want to see myself?” These are the internal questions that bounce around in our head at the beginning of the day.
“Which is it? Is it better for me to wear that shirt, that pant, or that shirtpant?” This is the fashion conundrum we face at the beginning of the day.
The outcome of this conversation is my definition of “Fashion.” It is “Self-Fashion.” Self-Fashion is an expression of self through your choices of self-adornment.
How do we make these choices? They can be in a large part dictated by the prevailing custom or style of dress with which you are culturally comfortable and familiar. It can be influenced by trends, social circles, age, weather, body type, skin tone, and other physical attributes.
Choices of adornment can be made on how you feel, what you believe, and how you want to see yourself. All these choices, which you make in that rushed moment in the morning, reflect who you are, to yourself, others, and the world.
So what is this purpose of this reflection?
The purpose is to have a pictorial voice of self. We communicate at many levels and this is just one of them. This strong urge to communicate is what drives fashion. Fashion is our desire to understand and say who we are on a personal and community level.
I guess, that is why so many of us are in love with the art of “Fashion”. 🙂
Audrey Hepburn Photo Public Domain
Francesca oh! ShirtPant: Photographer Ehrland Hollingsworth & Model Hannah Brown