Fashion, according to dictionary.com, is a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing. Fashion, according to Simmel, is a way to express individualization. I agree with Simmel, because over the years my outfit choices have changed depending on what stage I was in in my life, who I hung out with, and how I was feeling at that moment. I have gone through the tomboy stage dressing in baggy shorts, a baggy t-shirt, and a backwards baseball cap to dressing in all black, wearing dark eye makeup, spiked necklaces, to being a tomboy again to being such a pretty in pink girly girl. Simmel believed that by the way a person dresses it gives them the opportunity to express their uniqueness and sense of “self identity”.
In the clip “Occupy Fashion and Wall Street 2012, the first man, Robert Verdi, thinks that fashion is affected by social changes. I agree with him, because every season every designer creates a new line of clothing and it will never look the same. Over the years our economy has been improving little by little, but not everyone can afford to wear 1,000 dollar items so stores sell clothes that may look similar to the expensive ones, but not exactly the same.
Here’s a clip of a movie trailer that I am pretty sure most have you have seen. Its the movie The Devil Wears Prada Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep
Basically Anne Hathaway is this smart, intelligent journalist who gets hired at this fashion magazine called Runway. She is just a regular girl who dresses in regular, not so stylish clothes. She gets picked on by her boss and the workers, because she does not fit in within the fashion world. Anne Hathaway then gets help from a coworker to get a complete makeover and becomes this fashionista. Many people have seen this movie and many people do feel the need to dress a certain way to fit in and if you don’t you will not be accepted by society.
Fashion is not what it used to be; it used to be about just dressing to show who you are on the outside, but it has become a huge competition in society. People dress to impress everyone else besides themselves. They buy something so that they can wear it or use it when they go out and show everyone else look at me I look better than you. It has become a complete game and money maker in the world and it is not just about expressing your individuality anymore, because hundreds and thousands of people probably own those same exact items that you have.