10 Great Ways to Depict What Fashion Is
Many would consider fashion to be aesthetic.
It's something we appreciate for its artistic qualities, yet it also has its beauty and statement qualities; it can convey a lot of emotions or statements to the person who perceives it, wears it, makes it, sells it, etc...
People who love the runway, go to fashion shows, buy clothing, perceive photography, wear accessories and more, have all experienced fashion in some way.
It has the power to evoke emotion, convey messages, be self-expressive, dramatic and so much more! A fashion designer can tell the audience a story through clothing, proportions, colour, etc.. A great way to understand what it truly is, is by breaking it down.
aesthetic - concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty. "the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure" - Definitions from Oxford Languages
Sometimes people who perceive it, say it's hard to fully understand the true meaning behind it. People who admire this for what it is, interpret it in their own ways.
Going to a fashion show is a lot like going to an art gallery to admire the beautiful art - you can watch a fashion show in this same way.
The artistic qualities that each show brings to the runway creates an ongoing passion. It's not only the runways but also the print and photography.
There are many aspects of fashion that we can consider. In order to better depict what it is, here are 10 ways to break it down:
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What Is Fashion?
People can better understand what to wear or how to wear certain articles of clothing together better because fashion exists. Designers usually hire models for the runway and catalogues so that we as an audience can piece together the latest and greatest of fabrics and clothing combinations. Also, the weather changes, and with it, the clothing we wear. So designers must make haste when it comes to the next best trend for the upcoming season.
Putting the right outfit together is fun! The reason people are so good at this is because it either comes naturally to them, they review a lot of magazine trends, or they've taken classes to be able to do it so well.
Having a great sense of style and trend brings great poise. The rules of what to wear and what not to wear become more strict when you follow the techniques that the world of fashion has to offer.
Speaking of rules... there are a lot to follow when it comes to making clothing and accessories from scratch. There is freedom to this in some ways but for the most part, there are measurements, certain materials, figures, schemes, and at the root of it all, deadlines.
To grab the observer's attention, the photographer, makeup artists, and designers work together to exaggerate the emotion one might feel while wearing a certain article of clothing in a certain setting. For example, on a cold and snowy day, you may be rigid and shivering... So in order to portray that for print, on set, the photographer might tell the model to "look rigid" or "give me a pout"!
Fashion has a lot to do with clothing... from the fabrics used, to the way they are cut. Clothing styles and materials improve and relay as the years go by. One year, the trend might be to wear blanket scarves on top of your coat, while next year might be to wear overalls and a jean jacket in combination with each other.
Most-often you might see photoshoots that are filled with posing and rage. Rage helps to create an edginess to the end result. Striking a pose that has a lot to do with the story can contribute to the final look. Especially because "the model must wear the clothes", not the other way around!
Photographers like to have fun with the photoshoot sometimes and give each of their photos a deeper meaning. Just by looking at the finished reel, you can interpret what the message behind the photoshoot/clothing designs are.
Body proportions play a role in every part of the clothing creation, trends, designs, runway, and more. There is a certain height requirement for models doing runway, catalogue and commercial and international modelling. For example, a model for commercials might not need to be the typical "5'8 and above"-many agencies specify this in their 'list of models' or their 'become a model' pages.
Combining all of these techniques and qualities together, it's clear to see how fashion can lead to a work of art. In this way fashion and art go hand in hand.
From the thought that goes into every photoshoot, to the storytelling and emotions. Altogether it is considerably an art-form.