Fashion in its advancement: Motivated…. Erudite…. Urbanized… On the move….
(Introduction: Is it not a worthy look back at our changing fashion preferences that we stand in awe of how long we advanced methodically? The Fashion Growth has had an amazing graph climbing up with each passing era. From the start of humanity to the pre-historic ages and then carrying along into modernity, our procuring habits and methods have been on a constant growth spurt. This in-turn has been a speeding up factor for the essence of fashion evolution with a skyrocketing fashion development. Also, if we have a closer look at how things have developed, we can infact see the steady climb. Even though it might sound exaggerated, it’s a true fact that fashion, its development and evolution has seen many a curvy road on its path to development. From the early humans going around searching leaves and barks to cover their body, to people exchanging their goods to purchases make on the hawker stall to the set up of specialty clothing shops and travelling to our modern times when the internet gives you the option of purchase from home… Not only fashion, but our whole lives have been on a rollercoaster ride (it’s a no brainer just to understand the exact core of our journey from the Homo-Erectus to Homo-sapiens and every stage before and after with an open mouth and a huge intrigue …)
In this article, let’s examine how the development and advancement of the lifestyle of humans has changed for good and is still continuing to change. Fashion is an integral part of our lives today. Whether it be the baggy trousers and tanks we wear at home (comfort wear) to the fitted dresses/suits we dress ourselves in (for a formal occasion)… Whether it is the opulent attire we deck ourselves with (for a celebratory occasion) or the comfy satin pajamas we relax to sleep (sleep wear)… Fashion growth has been in such a way that you have a special outfit for each moment you live. Infact it’s really intriguing to think that, this stage of fashion and lifestyle was preceded with a time when a straight dress or a simple set of shirt and trousers was all what you needed throughout the day from dawn till dusk.
As the humans evolved and the lives began to change, a shift of growth and development was being bought into motion. The whole lifestyle was undergoing changes so it was inevitable that the developing fashion quotient was also shifting. It was time humans needed to have a maturity in their fashion growth and taking cues they needed to move ahead. As already spoken, fashion didn’t only mean clothes. But also it had a broader meaning of complementing the style that came as a whole package to being dressed up according to the shifting styles. Also, when fashion was growing into the next phase shopping sense also had its intensification. Interestingly, it’s captivating at the same time inspirational to think that our shopping behavior (what started as foraging then developed into a barter system going on which then developed into selling (corner shops > General shops > specialty shops > designer style > online shopping > going on and on…) on different mediums) has changed so far that we sit at home without breaking a sweat and shop up a storm online, delivered at your door step. In short, you can be in your lounge wear and shop from the most exclusive designer places with your shopping item delivered at your door. Who could have thought this was even a distant dream a decade back. This is the power of the expansion, where you get inspired from the past and utilize the cues to make your fashion enjoyable in the present and future.
When its fashion (dresses, accessories, footwear and everything complimentary), shopping is a beautiful inevitable part of it. As brought up earlier, shopping (or rather basic survival) in early ages was to go around searching and hunting for things. That could have been the food to stay alive, things to cover the body against external elements or even to find something interesting to deck the self with (a shiny stone, a crooked rock, a patterned leaf etc. etc.). Then comes the stage when stalls and shops were set up according to the era and its requirement. This escalated the fashion growth and trend consciousness where super specialty stores and locations were set up for each element of the outfit. Fashion even began to be classified according to the exclusivity. From Ready-to-Wear common commodities to Prêt-e-Porter (affordable designer range) to Couture (high-end designer) to Haute-Couture (one-off custom made), the ranks of fashion ranges have been born with the former the most available and affordable to the latter the most exclusive and extremely expensive. Infact, this shines such a huge light on the extreme differences in human development and progression. From the moment in time a simple river pebble was a show of status to our times when a single stud of precious stones/metals costs millions, it’s only a wait to see what advancements our future might reveal. But it is also worth saying that humans understand the importance of being in harmony of nature and going back to simple basics.
This fashion evolution is not just happening in a far off land unknown, but it had its fruition bringing in changes in every part of the world. Be it the changes to the lifestyle, the changes of the season or even the changes according to the shifting circumstances around the world, fashion is on a constant development and it will continue its growth. Humans have actually highered beyond thoughts (from the first Dryopithecus (first ever ancestor of man and apes) to the most updated version of Homo-Sapiens (us all)), that we are now experts in taking the right cues from our experiences and moving ahead with renewed answers. Definitely fashion has taken its big nod and is surging ahead with full force ready to influence the future with its style, beauty and ethical awareness. Above all, it is really safe to say with the shifting traits of modern fashion and taking inspiration from the past, Fashion has a beautiful journey forward…. To give us that beauty in substance… Motivating the ones around and spreading hope through other elements of our lives…