Concept of fashion
Fashion implies to a sense of a person who like to wear and adhere to the trends
of the time. It also applies to the personal mode of expression which may or may
not apply to the general public. Such fashion can change within specific time
limit and is constant only for minutes. By fashionable, one can mean as
something which can fit in with the present famous expression mode.
Fashion is a concept which is connected in a positive way with beauty, style and
glamour. In a way, fashion is a sort of an art with which a culture is examined
with the belief of beauty and goodness. This is used in a negative concept too,
as a synonym for trends and status. Fashion can diversify within a society too
as per the age, generation, occupation, class and geography.
Global fashion centers
At present, the fashion centers are situated in London, New York city, Milan,
Paris, Amsterdam and Los Angeles. Rome, Tokyo and Antwerp are also becoming
popular in the fashion industry. Fashion is becoming socially and globally
acceptable in many fields of human thinking and activities. This field of
fashion is inclusive of varied careers like architecture, landscape design,
interior design, body type, clothing and costume, cosmetics and many more.
Fashion even connects well with personal grooming, hair style and entertainment.
Of all the fields, costumes and drapery is well mingled with fashion and are
these days being studied as a proper stream of education.
People normally change with the fashion trends that they see. They tend to
change and take to the clothing worn by models and this is seen globally,
amongst urban population, who are drawn to the western style. There has been
fashion changing from the 18th century itself. At this time, Ziryab, a famous
stylist and musician migrant from Baghdad put forward the first conception of
fashion in Europe. He developed a variety of complicated clothing fashion based
on seasonal as well as day to day fashion.
During the winters, the costumes were made from warm wool or cotton items, which
were of dark colors and the summer garments were made of light and cool hues.
This involved materials like flax and silk in bright and light colors. The
bright colors for such clothes were actually produced through dye works and in
tanneries, which the Muslim world used for its production purpose. For instance,
in the 12th century, there were more than 116 dye works and 86 tanneries.
Tanneries are the procedure in which the skin is converted into the leather with
tannin, which is an acidic chemical compound. This compound prevents
decomposition and imparts color.
Ziryab also suggested various clothing styles for the morning time, afternoon
and for the evening period. Thus, he introduced the winter and the summer
dresses, by setting the time frames when each fashion was to be worn by a
person. Also, he added specific dresses of half season to be worn for interval
in between two seasons. Because of him, there was an introduction of luxurious
dresses of Orient in Spain. Hence, under his influence, there was a setting up
of a fashion industry, that produced colorful striped fabrics. There were also
introduction of transparent fabric coats that can be found in Morocco even in
the present stage.
The 14th century fashion relates to the historians like James Laver and Fernand
Braudel, both of whom started the western fashion in their clothing lines. One
of the most dramatic sign was an unexpected severe shortage and tightening of
the male over garment. This dress could be barely worn by men. This created the
western male outline of a top which was tailored over the trousers and is still
Women’s fashion trends
There was also a considerable amount of change in the women’s clothing, which
also included change in the hair styles as well. In the initial stage, the
changes in fashion led to disintegration of what was previously been followed
and has similar styles of dressing. Such style was worn by the upper classes of
Europe and there was an increase in the development of various national styles
of fashion dresses.
Although, fashion was being perceived differently by the rich people, the modern
Europe influenced the peasants to follow the trends at a distance which can be
closely related to the elites. The West followed a fashion trend which was
unparalleled. The early western travelers in China, Persia, Japan, Turkey and
such countries remarked on the absence of the fashion changes even if they
understood little of the cultures, they described them as unethical. They
pursued such concept as instable and lack of order in the culture of the Western
In Japan, there was a considerable change in the fast pace of fashion during the
period of 1609. This century even had different fashion trends in the men
clothing style in Germany and Italy. During this period, there were also a lot
of national differences. The Spanish style of clothing at the end of the century
moved to the upper class Europeans. After a struggle in the mid 17th century,
the French styles took over the leadership and this continued in the 18th
century. Even though the colors and the textile patterns changed each year, the
cut of a male’s coat and the waistcoat length or the women’s pattern of dress
changed slowly. The fashion of men derived from the military models and the
officers had chance to make notes of foreign styles. They saw the European style
in a European male fashionable dress profile which was fired up in Theatres of a
This changed in the year of 1780s giving way to the Paris style of dress code.
By 1800, all Western European dressed alike and the history of fashion design
took certain changes from 1858 onwards. One such English born professional
designer named as Charles Frederick Worth changed this and opened the first ever
true haute couture house in Paris. This designer became a more dominant figure
irrespective of the many origins of fashion in the street fashion style. In this
way, fashion in clothing has allowed the bearer worldwide to be able to express
emotions and also compete with other fashion fads around the world.