Why Fashion Matters?
Fashion is often dismissed as a frivolous frippery, nonsense, something that really does not matter at all. Those without an interest in the topic will usually be over scathing about. However, those individuals are missing one thing. Fashion really does matter. Here are just a few of the reasons why this subject and the industry it has spawned should definitely not be underestimated or ignored:
The Fashion Industry Employs Millions
The fashion industry is one on which many people around the world rely. From those who design the clothes, in their rarefied world, to those who model them, in a world replete with unrealistic expectations and unreasonable demands, to the millions who graft, sometimes in horrific circumstances, to manufacture the clothes we all wear. Yes, the fashion industry most definitely has its problems, but that makes it even truer that it really does matter. People who say that fashion does not matter are dismissing the daily concerns of many people around the world. It matters very much and that is why we should do what we can to help reform the industry. Perhaps some people would argue that fashion is not that important and it's something they can do without. However, if you're thinking about it, fashion has continually been a part of our lives - it has always greatly influenced society and culture, mainly as a result of factors like the weather, the environment and more significantly, by human personal experiences, beliefs, and values. Fashion even helped outline certain eras in history that involved category discrimination, the skinny line between royalty and non-royalty and even social dressing restrictions. In the recent days in Western Europe, government rules prevented the bourgeoisie from dressing up in fine garments so that they would not seem like royalty.
Fashion Changes the World
Fashion will help people to indicate who they're, to indicate an affinity to a definite group, to indicate their political and social affiliations and to create an announcement about where they have come from, where they are and where they're going. Throughout history, a widespread change in the way people dress has often been a huge part of a societal change. Think of the 1960s. It could be argued that liberation in dress, in fashion, filtered through and brought about the liberation of different kinds. Fashion can be a world-changing thing. We have to change and in a more sustainable future, a reformed fashion industry will have to be part of the system. Fashion can help us change the world for the better.
Fashion is a Form of Creative Expression
Fundamentally, fashion is about creative expression. We can each of us use fashion to express to those around us information about who we really are. As such, fashion can be a key part of an individual’s personal growth and development, helping each person become more confident and more assured in who they are underneath. Fashion, for all its flaws, is about art and creativity, which is one of the most important elements of humanity, one of the things that set human beings apart. Who could possibly say that that does not matter?