Thursday, 17 February 2011

Exclude Yourself

      'Fashion is an exclusive community, which  forces people to conform to a certain look'

      Having recently overheard this comment from someone who believes themselves to be 'too intelligent' for the supposedly 'superfluous' nature of fashion, I was outraged. 
    Firstly, fashion is not 'exclusive'; it effects and unites each and everyone of us just as other forms of culture, such as music and cinema do. However, unlike music and cinema, fashion cannot be avoided, even if you become a nudist,  in doing so you are making a statement with your appearance, which essentialy is the essence of fashion. Moreover, an advertising campaign come collection just as any song or film, has the ability to unite friends and foes alike in discuusion and debate, whether it be David Gandy's advert for Dolce & Gabbana or transgender Lea T and Kate Moss' recent cover for the androgyny issue of Love magazine.

    Moreover fashion's days of rigid conformity disappeared long ago during the sixties, in which the overbearing appearance of the 1950s housewife image was cut up by the cropped hair of a certain wide eyed Londoner and the cropped skirt lengths of certain designers. Set images were being torn up.

       In fact, you need only take one look at the latest copy of  any fashion magazine to understand that there are so many different trends nowadays that one needn't feel forced to follow a certain look. From 'biker chic' to 'tangerine', trends are a summary of the latest collections, a suggestion as to how you should update your wardrobe. However, one needn't follow trends to earn respect within the fashion-world. Would you really praise an Alexander McQueen collection for its trendiness?

The likeliness is you wouldn't, you would praise it for its beauty and uniquness, which set trends but are by no means trendy. Moreover, Lady GaGa's controversial meat dress was not exactly 'in trend' for A/W 2010...

       Instead it was a statement, which GaGa used to highlight the stupidity of America's 'Don't Ask. Don't Tell.' law. In GaGa's own words it represented how 'dead meat is dead meat. And anyone that’s willing to take their life and die for their country is the same. You’re not gay and dead, straight and dead. You are dead.' In doing this, GaGa managed to use fashion to both capture people's attention and represent her views without conforming to anything.
     Thus, fashion offers to embrace you; it allows you to express yourself. So why exclude yourself from it; it's not excluding you?

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