Response to an article from Fashion Studies
Intro to fashion
Rita Zhou (Yiren Zhou)
Aphorisms: I think they are conclusions drawn from investigations, researches and experiences by experts who in specific field.
1.Fashion moves in shape and time, it shares in the complexity of physics and mathematics, making patterns and networks, forming mazes and constellation. Through its forms we have an opportunity to reunite art and science and to heal the rift of the two cultures.
In my idea, I think this aphorism express the meaning that fashion has very complex forms, and it can related to many subjects, or say it is a combination of many elements, like mathematics and science. Also, fashion is a special way to express art, at the same time express science. Actually, I really agree with this idea, because I think fashion is much more complex than we thought, it is not just about turning fabrics into clothes. It is more about constructing clothes in an artistic way. In order to achieve this goal, it needs the participation of other subjects. For example, some garments can be made in special material like recycled fabric which is cultivated from mushroom, and this is science combines fashion. Also, some clothes are made perfectly symmetrical, it includes knowledges of mathematics. As a result I do agree with this aphorism.
2.Fashion can be about confirmation, of self and others. But it is also about anxiety, ambiguity and worry. As and aid to understanding psychological complexities it is unsurpassed.
I think the author tries to show that fashion can contain many emotions, and it is a good way for people to know and understand others’ feelings and thoughts through their fashion. I think it reminds me of a documentary of Alexander Mcqueen. It mentioned that his work is a way for him to express himself, and to show what he feels. I think this idea is similar with this aphorism, and I do believe it. Since fashion is created by designers, and designers often incorporate their emotions into their work, unintentionally or deliberately. Or say in other perspective. People have their own fashion code, and that is also a way to express themselves and their feelings.