Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Relevance of Fashion

    In the 'Editor's Letter' of the June issue of Vogue, amongst addressing Demarchelier's stunning 'Let's Dance' shoot of Arizona Muse and Rana Kabbani's reflection on Middle-Eastern repression, Alexandra Shulman talks about the relevance of fashion.

     She states how although, amongst the natural disaster's of Japan and the political situation in the Middle East, the 'task of putting together a fashion magazine might seem a little like Nero's proverbial fiddling', it is necessary. It 'provides a means of 'escapism and inspiration - while also being, like fashion, a product of the age' and thus, unlike Nero's 'fiddling', it is somehow relevant. 
      One need only gaze at Alexa Chung's cover to understand this. Despite being incredibly beautiful - Chung's girl-next-door tomboy qualities and fresh, young personality don't make her an untouchable glamazon. In fact they have the opposite effect; she is a beautiful woman to whom we can all relate. She is both relevant and intelligent and her recent Vogue article, 'Kane and Able' proved this, in that, it was informative, interesting and most importantly enjoyable, just as fashion is and always should be.

    It is our means of escape from the daily-goings on of life, whether we be going through relationship issues or mountains of work (WARNING: less blogging over the next few months - sadly exams take priority), we can enjoy fashion, just as we do television - it's a minor holiday amongst our busy schedules. Except with fashion, you can wear an item of clothing and feel great for the entire day, whereas the enjoyment of a programme is often over in less than an hour and the impatience to wait a week to find out the next plot line can be unbearable. 
     And what's so wonderful about fashion is that there is nothing wrong with our obsession over material goods such as clothes, because it is instinctual. We love designer clothing because we are human and as opposed to avoiding it, we should adore it. They have the power to both be and make us look beautiful. Whether it is in their architecture, expression or both they can flatter our shapes and make a statement. They do not represent vanity but culture. 
       The 50s embraced the housewife image, the 60s a more modern atypical look, the 70s glamour and the 80s excessiveness - 'That was the era when one asked themselves: Why have a skirt - when you can have a puffball skirt? Why have shoulders on show, when you can have shoulder pads?' And so accordingly, the 90s reverted to minimalism come grunge and as the 00s came into view we were returning to glamour. Yet, this was upturned by the recession and we reverted to simplicity.

     However, now designers are in fact embracing glamour as they attempted to do in the 00s. They are ignoring the recession, as we all attempt to do so. Fashion is acting as a means for us to forget about the recession if not entirely, momentarily - although, we may be in debt, if we look a million dollars, who cares?
      Just as any other form of culture, fashion is relevant and whilst we find ourselves over-worked and over-tired at least we know that we can indulge ourselves a little in the form of fashion. Anyone fancy a trip to Selfridges? 

1 comment:

  1. Great Post...ooh, to forget the much to buy!