The Fashion evolution story continues: Of breakthrough… Of insights… Of motivations…
Introduction: Fashion has seen many twists and turns throughout the history. From the time man began walking straight on two feet and began to cover themselves with clothing (or let’s say the most primitive form of dressing), style and fashion in a sense has been there too. It was just that the term ‘fashion’ had not been formed as even a basic thought yet. It’s safe to say that thinking a bit different (e.g.: twisting a vine with -three twists rather than a double- to bring in verity and utility, can be considered as a farfetched fashion evolution point) bought in a spark of life to the otherwise mundane life of our predecessors and it still does the same for us now too. Interestingly, be it the first humans (40,000 to 3 million years ago) who first started to cloth themselves, or the ones who are in the present world, humans have been trend setters from the start of times. And they have been inspiring others and the next generations with a breakthrough of ideas and inspirations for a comfortable satisfiable better life.
Taking the soul from the previous two articles, it’s a quintessential fact that Fashion has always progressed with the help of fashion evolution (the old lady with a shinier bark tent dress or the brawny youth having a rare cowry shell pendant or even the new-born of today having a couture closet). While bits of sprinkled ideas have been a lifeline as a stimulus and inspiration, more direct inspirations would change the world. Furthermore increasing need of something different only added to the fuel and helped in spreading the idea of ‘Fashion as a game changer’ bringing in light to the existing lives. From the drab plain pinafore dress to the stylish day wear like the skater style or the box-pleat drift, the continuation of our fashion evolution in this field has been in a fascinating phase and it will go on until the end of times. What is the most interesting part is that, the term ‘Fashion’ was first used as an arty phrase towards the late end of 14th century and the early 15th century.
Essence of the fashion progression
To call a fashion wearable is the kiss of death. No new fashion worth its salt is wearable (Eugenia Sheppard, New York Herald Tribune, Jan. 13, 1960).To start with, Fashion just meant ‘to form something or just give shape to impressive’. But it’s such a fascinating thing to see that this has continued to develop (and is still developing in a huge pace) tremendously where fashion is just not cloths anymore but it includes the whole of the lifestyle sector from accessories (wearable and non-wearable), footwear, hairstyle, make-up and even a positive and constructive body posture too. An all inclusive idea making our lives prettier, this word is a celebration of self expression irrespective of the time it’s in or the place or even the context it has been put in. It should be noted that these days fashion implies more on the look than the past where the idea of fashion was a lustrous shell, a higher place among the peers or just when it meant a trendy style point. But at the same time let’s not forget that clothing is the prime focus whether its fashion, styling or the influence of fashion evolution.
Differing from the initial basic concept of dress and dressing up giving a spotless image, craggy and rugged style is making waves. The journey of style: – from a simple rough made sheath dress to intricately constructed Victorian gowns and formal ensembles to the crisp well tailored Savile Row suits and Couture Dresses and then the faded and tattered/frayed high-end designer ensembles, fashion indeed has had a whirlwind transformation. Nevertheless, its safe to make this statement that ‘What was considered to be a symbol of scarceness and rough life is now a sign of being able to afford expensive stylishness and making a statement’. Our forefathers might really have a huge grin in their graves seeing what they had in their insufficiency is a huge statement now.
The Right spirit
Without a doubt, this should be emphasized that ‘the spirit of the modern man is seeing an intensifying surge in the want to retrieve the concept of ‘back-to-the-roots/nature’. This has contributed to a positive shift in the awareness of protecting our nature and our underlying identity as a peaceful coexisting creature of the universe’. Fashion too is taking this concept on a very serious level being an ethically responsible element in reclaiming back the loosing lustier of our natural world and its balance. Bringing back the retro-chic element or taking forward the basics-in-chic aspect of our prehistoric forefathers or even getting into trend the above mentioned primitive style shift-dress are indications of the former. Indeed the fashion images contribute a huge amount of this positive influence in spreading this word- in style… in fashion evolution…. with great inspiration… Also when it comes to trend and style, the primary idea goes to clothing or attires people wear. Bust as seen already, it has been evolved in a far more complex and inclusive world where the whole lifestyle sector is incorporated. Not just garment but every of the attributes that relate to them has been on the continuation of expansion and fashion evolution.
Concluding the thoughts and views on the continuation of the Fashion Evolution, it’s only right to assert that Fashion has had its perilous journey from its humble beginning during the hunter-gatherer era travelling through the development of humans and reaching the modern point where shops are not even shops but a button click away on your finger tips. Not only humans as a race developed but every aspect of their lives has been on a constant fashion evolution too including fashion as a strong element. It’s safe to say here that fashion has been a strong point in human life where it just not hasn’t been a form of necessity but also a form of artistic expression and inspiration. Last but not the least, the absolute truth is conveyed when we declare- ‘the style chronicles shall carry on: of progress… through insights… with motivation… through transformation’…