Fashion: On and Off the Runway What comes to mind when you think of fashion? Do you picture the latest issue of W Magazine, a runway for “starving Models”? , or is fashion to you less of a privilege and more of a key to acceptance? Dries Van Note once said “Consider clothing not as an element of social status but more as an expression of one’s personality. ” Jaeger p. 54) The fact is, fashion isn’t about putting something on our bodies to cover us up, but a form of expression!
Just like a singer singing on a stage to communicate, and a writer choices his opinion in his Journal, a Fashions expresses his/herself by Cloths and Accessories. First of all, the main goal and soul reasoning off budding fashion designer is to express their own self in a beautiful way and have people not only to accept their product but use it to help express themselves. Stylist Kathy England stated “To have ‘style’ is quite a rare thing. It’s when someone’s visual senses are heightened. It’s instinctively knowing how to put one’s whole self- clothes, shoes, makeup, hair, nails, etc. Together in harmony and having the self-confidence to do it. It has absolutely nothing to do with money. ” Jaeger p. 194). This Golden Philosophy is shared throughout the fashion world from designers like Mulberry to Gucci and Calvin Klein to Diesel (Cereal p. 86). Journalist Jeanne Baker defined fashion as the following: “Clothing is the general term for various coverings designed to protect or adorn the human biology. ” (Baker p. 10) In order to have a successful fashion designing career, one must have at least a bachelor’s degree.
It has been decided that a bachelor’s degree is needed to fully understand and memorize the agreements and form of the body. From coast to coast, Colleges, that teach exactly that art, called The Art Institutes, are in a numerous amount of states, especially in bigger metropolitan areas. Personally, I believe that if a person has the talent and knowledge of clothing the body, no type of schooling is needed but is very useful as a plan to fall back on in the case of an emergency Jaeger p. 94). Margaret Van Den Busch, creator and designer of the popular H&M Department stores, once stated that in his opinion “… O can definitely learn how to be a designer by working rather than tidying, but it might take you longer” when asked if fashion school was necessary in becoming a fashion designer Jaeger p. 94). One very exciting and stressful bonus of being a fashion designer is that you are more than likely to become your own boss. It is very important to the future fashion designer that they possess the quality to be one’s own boss. This meaner you are obligated to make up your own schedule, work your own hours, hire clients and learn to budget your wages.
Some turn to alternative sources such as a secretary, assistant, or someone you trust to manage these things. Another important factor in becoming a designer is working in laid back, harmonious environments. Working in such an environment really has a lot of influence on your designs and the rate you produce these products. Although I have never been in a situation where I have had to rush in planning or designing a piece, I could imagine the stress put on a designer when a deadline is pressed is greatly nerve-racking.
Angela Mission, daughter of one of the most celebrated and long standing designers in Italy, once quoted “l know that I like to work in harmony…… Lam lucky in that when y parent’s built the company in 1968, they built it in the woods, in a place they would have loved to live. ” Jaeger p. 45) From personal experience, I have noticed that when I am more relaxed sewing goes smoother and pieces flow together easier. It is always a good idea to work in a well-lighted Comfortable, Non-Stressful, setting.
Last, but definitely not least, the Fashion industry contributes greatly to society. In the realm of business, the field of fashion marketing and stocks and bonds stimulates the economy by putting money back into the cycle of things Jaeger p. 253). On the other and, in the mental aspect, by using fashion as a way to express one’s inner voice, fashion shapes people’s attitudes and self-esteem. For example when you wear a certain theme you are compelled to act on your emotion that made you want to wear that outfit.
Although some would argue that the issues with “skinny models” or provocative, revealing fashion corrupts the self-image of young girls today in defense of designers, I can appreciate the art and feeling that the designer is trying to get across thru the piece. It is also true that In the world of fashion one day you’re in and he next day you’re out (Baker p. 10). As harsh as it may seem, this is none less than a reality to anyone in the fashion business and the industry has no respect for person.
To fashion newcomers such as Lady GaGa, April Leaving, and Selene Gomez it is very important that they stay on their toes and keep themselves in the fashion scene. In conclusion, Fashion may seem like the least of some peoples worries and not of importance to society but in reality it’s what we wear everyday……. So the question is, what are you wearing? Sources Consulted Baker, Jeanne. Passion for Fashion: Careers in Style. United States by Tundra Books of Northern New York 2008 Cereal, Olivier.
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