The TRUTH is our decisions as to what we will wear are no doubt shaped to a larger degree by fashion.
Men’s fashion, once governed by strict codes, has gotten increasingly unruly….. Everything should look as if thrown on with a pitchforks. Such trend, however, shows a lackadaisical attitude. Clothing that we now take for granted we’re once the latest style. Over a century ago, the man’s dress shirt and necktie no doubt became the fashion passion. While in 1920’s, the woman’s sweater was the rage in fashion
Two basic factors that fuel the fashion industry are conformity and novelty. Nearly everyone likes to wear something new. No wonder, why we sometimes buy clothes, not because an older garment has worn out, but simply because we want a change. At the same time, we don’t want to look out of place, so we buy clothes that to some degree to the style worn by our associates. Over the decades, the clothing industry has satisfied – and sometimes exploited – these desires for conformity and novelty.
A Brief History
To effectively design a style, designers use five basic elements: drape, silhouette, color, texture, and line balance ( or patterns on the surface of the material ). The options available to designers and dressmakers in all five areas have multiplied over the years. In ancient Egypt, for instance, there was locally produced see – through linen, which was the fabric of choice for the people and it was ideal for a warm climate. But since linen could not be dated easily, it was usually just one color – bleached white. However, Egyptian fashion designers arrange the material so that their clothes had a pleasing silhouette and drape. Thus one of the world’s most enduring styles was born.
By the first century C.E. , new fabrics and colors were available. Wealthy Romans bought and brought a product like silk from China or India, although the expense of transport made woven silk as costly as gold. Another fashionable material was dyed wool from Tyre, a pound of which cost 1,000 denarii – three years’ wages for a typical worker. The new materials and dyes enabled wealthy Roman women to wear a stola – a long, ample outer garment – of blue cotton from India or perhaps yellow silk from China.
Notwithstanding, new styles frequently came up, in past eras a costly garment would likely be in fashion for a certain period of time. Changes came gradually and usually affected the group of people who are members of the highest social class in some countries . With the coming of the industrial revolution , however, fashion became much more relevant to the less noble people, that is the common people.
Throughout the 19th century, many industries were set up to clothe the rich and poor, thus new styles and designs were the order of the day. Mechanized cotton and woolen Mills proliferated, and the price of fabrics came down. Since the fabrication of sewing machines, clothes could be produced more cheaply, and new synthetic dyes no doubt offered a much greater choice of colours.
Social changes and technology resulted in publicity and more emphasis was geared in clothing the masses to a larger extent. In Western Europe and North America, people were wealthy, there was money to spend. In the 1850’s, women’s magazines unfold and soon thereafter department stores began to willingly give out wear clothes in standard sizes. Also in the 19th century, Charles Frederick Worth introduced fashion shows, using live models to incite the interest of prospective clients.
In the 20th century, new synthetic fibers, such as nylon, rayon, and polyester, offered manufacturers a wider array of fabrics. Computerised designs made it easy to create new styles, and because of civilisation and globalisation new fashion trends could appear almost co-extensively on the streets of Tokyo, New York, Paris, and Sao Paulo. In the meantime, designers and manufacturers have found new ways to upgrade their products.
Why the change in fashion?
People change, and that affects their likes, desires, dislikes and tastes. Over time, the old substitute the new. People are nobly influenced by the following:
For many people today, fashion is a high priority. It’s important for them to put on latest fashions and styles. For some such trends isn’t their worries. Unfortunately, many young people have taken the place of the wealthy as the most ardent fashion enthusiasts. Every month, millions of them buy new clothes, and the trade produces billion of dollars’ worth of clothing a year.
Importantly, let your endearing qualities speak for who you are, and not the dictates of the fashion world. Create your own style of fashion and be proud to put them on!