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Intro to Fashion Studies Post #5

Learning Portfolio Post #5


For your last LP Post of the semester, I would like you to reflect on the question “what is fashion?” which you were originally asked to answer in Week One. How has your understanding of fashion changed since the beginning of the semester? Give one or two specific examples to explain your answer. Your example(s) can come from anywhere, but support them with at least one quote from a class reading.


Imagine you need to write an encyclopedia entry for the word “fashion.“ Spend a few minutes thinking about the word and its meanings, and after you’ve given it some thought, write down a 3 to 5 sentence definition.


Over the course of studying the many dimensions of the fashion, the definition of it has evolved into a living system in constant change. Furthermore, as a student and designer aspiring to take part in the industry, this new understanding of fashion inspires me to contribute to the change that is the future of fashion. Many components of fashion have been explored, not only the physical aspect that it is, but the people, concepts, and societies that influence it. The people who use fashion as an expression of their identities, intentionally or unintentionally, continually diversify fashion through subjectivities such as race, gender, age, class, and nationality. Fashion follows concepts of time and globalization, interacting with societies of all communities and cultures. Societies that use fashion to organize and identify in ways of dress are seen in subcultures and movements, expanding to the topics of cultural appropriation, gendered clothing vs. unisex, and historical interpretations of dress. Fashion as has been with our humanity side by side throughout time, reflecting the people that have changed so much and will only continue to change.  The modern fashion industry has been exposed on issues of fast fashion exploitation to laborers, unsustainable practices, and the personality of consumerism that has taken over society. In the film The True Cost, fashion is described as a disposable and the lives of the workers under fast fashion corporations are ignored. The definition of fashion is a complex study looking into the world we exist on and how we interact on it. Elisa Lewitts writes “By acknowledging that shoppers still prioritize convenience over conservation, we can create more practical and economically sustainable solutions for these dressing dilemmas. With the rise of the resale and rental fashion market, there are signs that 2019 marks a turning point in the way that we consume fashion.” As future designers, we contribute to not only fashion but the world, the definition of fashion develops and shifts with its people.


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