The Origins of Fashion
the word's derivative comes from the concept of copying others. You make your personal image in the fashion of a certain view point. From this stand point everything is fashion. Nothing is really new. The only way to extract a fashion trend is to extract that part of the human heart from whence that fashion trend sprung. Fashion as a topic is way too complex to deal with in broad strokes. I suppose, however I am going to rush in and do just that or give you a taste of this concept all the same. Fashion changes by nation and sometimes by neighborhood. The more accustomed I have become to the fashion world in my pursuit of my art, the less stock i put in people's use of the word fashion.
Usually when someone says fashion they are talking about local trends started or perpetuated by local concerns. Baggy pants, even the kind that road down were gang influenced and made popular by the drug soaked eighties' and the music videos of the time. The funny thing about fashion is, that it is like describing clouds. At a distance even the simplest person can identify one or at least form the word to describe their idea of one. When you get closer to white and fluffy vapor, however, no two are alike and some clouds aren't made of the same stuff. Anyone of a scientific mindset would want to classify the concept of "cloud" but in doing so finds that no one cares. The masses may fain interest but they will go on calling every white puffy formation of gas or whatever, a cloud. They may know differently but it saves time.
For the masses, fashion seldom comes right to them off the run way. Most people are not as bulimic as the poor girls on the run way. Many designers are changing this error in the requirements of models. It's about time. America's Next Top Model did a lot to change many things about how the world view models and modeling. Still, most women wouldn't dream of wearing the cloths those girls wear.
Face it, even a healthy model working for a good agency cares more for his or her body then the average layman. Bottom line, most people cannot see themselves in the frills and frocks of the yard. Only Gaga seems to be garish enough to recreate such things literally. So, fashion has to trickle down further in order to meet them. It needs simplification. It needs to become more vulgar. Enter, music videos and rock concerts. Even TV producers and their ungainly child stars who get warped by them have more pull in fashion for the masses then the run way.
But those who pervert fashion for the masses are at the fashion shows.
So what is fashion? It all is. Are there some who wish that were not the case? Sure. But until I am in better shape I am going to have to buy my frocks at a perverted Walmart. I may even go to the red lighted T.J. Max or the White Church district of Burlington. I find myself one of the few in the masses who cares which cloud is which but as you may or may not, I thought you aught to have a taste of the origins.