Fashion can be seen as a style or a trend that people tend to follow. Trends can range from clothes to body art, piercings and even technology. Fashion however can arise from anywhere, whether it be upperclass fashion, or even street fashion. Simmel however thinks that fashion can only arise if someone of the upper class adopts the idea. Also Simmel thought that fashion cannot be vogue because the general population usually adopts the latest fashion. Simmel also compares the metropolis of mental life in the city versus the country. Simmel also thinks that “we have to develop this Blasé attitude in order to survive”. The video we watched in class also clued in on fashion. During the seoul fashion week, people take fashion very seriously. One artist “the guy in the barber shop” did not care much for the fashion week. He was more worried about the image that fashion portrayed to the rest of the world. He stated that someone who has never met a Korean before may be judgmental when they do come in contact with a korean because of what is portrayed to the world about Korean fashion. The video showed how fashion was such a trend in south korea that girls were able to do almost anything in order to keep up with fashion. Surgery is so normal that it is like “going to the dentist”. In my opinion fashion is just indeed a trend. People tend to follow whatever trend is in place and for those that don’t follow, they’re often looked upon as different from the rest of society. Fashion does in fact change frequently. For example iPhones are created or updated almost every year so to keep up with the fashion trend you’d need to update or upgrade your phone frequently.
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