Writing About Fashion

Fashion is a multifaceted phenomenon covering styles, aesthetics and trends. It is a global system of cultural and social change that is manifested in a variety of ways including clothing, hairstyles, jewelry and even music. It can be influenced by significant events in society, culture, politics and the economy as well as by new discoveries and globalization. Fashion has the power to absorb and change us while revealing our identities. It can be used to create distance or connection between groups: a goth’s black hair and piercings might signify rebellion and isolation while nuns’ cassocks show conformity and adherence.

Fashion trends can be difficult to pinpoint and trace as they may appear suddenly. They can be influenced by a wide range of sources such as popular sitcoms, movies and music. It is also impossible to predict how something will make the leap from the tattered jeans and boots of high school teenagers in England to the designer jeans and heels of Paris, or from the bell-bottom jeans of the 1980’s into the baggy look of the 1990’s.

Fashion is often considered to be a form of art as well as a reflection of the times we live in. To write about it, one must offer original insights into this ever-changing phenomenon. This can be achieved through research and by examining specific aspects of the fashion industry such as new fabrics or a particular designer collection. Writing about fashion is an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it can also be a superficial topic so it is important to remain grounded and to spend time researching the subject.