Christopher Breward’s aphorisms (Intro to fashion study)

1.Fashion can be about confirmation, of self and others. But it is also about anxiety, ambiguity and worry. As an aid to understanding psychological complexities it is unsurpassed.

Fashion can help us better understand the complexities within ourselves and the world we live in. It’s one of the ways to help us express our interpretation of the world.

I agree with this aphorism. Because first of all, fashion is a subjective term, it’s definition shifts from one person to another person to a certain degree. Therefore, it’s variety and diversity are inevitable. As a result, to define and find the fashion for that person, he/she will have to reveal their personalities and identities during the process of understanding what does fashion means for them. And in reveres, the fashion they defined and believed in will be the reflection of themselves no matter it’s from their beliefs, happiness, or their worries, and anxieties. And when we combine these two processes together, we can see this is how fashion helps us confirm the idea of self and others.

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2.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.

Fashion is as personal as other formats of art can be due to its subjectivity.

Clothing and accessories are designed by people(designers), just like paintings are painted by the painter; music scores are composed by the composer. All of these are products which contain, and inspired by, creators rich personal stories and emotions. Therefore, personal stories can be told, memories can re-lived, and the future can be foretold. Besides, humans are good at giving things meanings, such as a dress can remain a lady a nice date she spent with her boyfriend, etc. This experience is only limited to her. When others see the dress, they won’t experience the same feeling as she does. Therefore, this is also a way to interpret why fashion is personal. However, this way not only applies to fashion, it applies to all artifacts. So from my perspective, for this aphorism, I tend to believe that, it is describing the intimacy between fashion and whoever creates it, no matter its designers or stylists, more that the second kind of interpretation. Because in that sense, it’s no longer limited to the case of fashion, of art and people.

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