Learning Portfolio Post #1

“Fashion does not need define. It is instead a term that demands definition.”


In my opinion, fashion is an abstract word that can never be modestly defined by a few sentences. Fashion can appear in broad fields such as clothing, music, or even in architecture, and there are lots of smaller categories under the fields. For fashion in clothing typically, fashion is particularly inconstant under the influence of season, common taste, industry, and many other factors. These factors define fashion from different aspects. For example, industrial business can define fashion as a type of clothing that can create the largest income (sold the best); as from the public, fashion can be something they are willing to follow, or a style they accept to be “assimilated” in a trendy mode.  I agree the second part of the aphorism; however, I believe that fashion still needs definition especially for the designers who create fashion. There must be some definition – or in another word, special identities – that can give a birth to a new fashion.


“Fashion is intensely personal, in the same way that poetry is intensely personal. It is a medium through which personal stories can be told, memories re-lived and futures foretold.”


I really like the way how fashion is phrased as a personal “object”. I always hold the belief that precious things become precious because few people can produce it. I know few about the method of building up fashion, but I know that it starts with designers collecting and analyzing the relevant data and information, and then create new things from the old things. The way they analyze requires practice, intellectual and scholarly endeavor, and of course personal stories. These factors make a fashion brand outstanding than normal brands. The phrase reminds me Frida Kahlo, a celebrated Mexican artist who was known for the way she drew self-portraits. Her clothing style usually involves long dresses in bright colors, which adapted the traditional clothing of Mexican women and also fitted her own needs (she wanted to hide her surgical scars under the dress).

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