Fashion is not necessarily spectacular (though it often conforms to the theory of the society of the spectacle), it can also be demotic, ordinary, mundane, routine, and humble. It is the stuff of the ethnographer and the anthropologist.
Fashion does not only live within couture, it also exists as a utilitarian tool, and has many attributes outside of aesthetics. It serves an important purpose in society, as it can allow for people to function as needed. For example, uniforms are used by workers of various fields, to aid them in their jobs. While clothing can be a symbol of status, it can also be a resource that helps people, and can create incredible advancements. I think the key to today’s fashion industry is merging these two worlds, and finding a way for the artistic side of fashion to meet the utilitarian side. I think we are already seeing this in sustainable movements, as well as designs of disability accessible clothing.
Fashion is so all-encompassing and encyclopedic in its terrain that it seems tailor-made for the era of big-data.
The fashion industry is key to understanding varying aspects of history, which can reveal key facts to understanding how it transformed into today’s society. By looking at clothing from varying regions of the world throughout time, we can better understand cultural practices, and societal trends in terms of standards of beauty and status. Fashion is a universal language, as well as one of the longest withstanding industries. I think that this is true, as fashion is an industry that is vast, and remains relevant throughout time. This is because it evolves as history changes. It is interesting to see how fashion can relate to historical events of the times and these pieces can reveal important details to us about those we are studying.