Saturday, September 19, 2015

            By definition, art is something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings (Merriam-Webster). Fashion does exactly that. Fashion designers create items of clothing, garments, and accessories using imagination and hard-earned acquired skill either through years in school, or through personal development and learning. It is an expression of the designers' feelings and ideas. The designer uses their illustrations and finished pieces to portray a sense of self and introduce to others who they are and what they are about. It is like a visual mission statement. Also, fashion as a norm is art on the streets on a day-to-day basis at any time, any where, as a trend or manner. People use fashion as a way to express their style and, usually, their personality. For example, a teenaged girl wears a dress that is black and has a clockwork theme to it with laces and ruffles. This could portray that she is into the color black, and that she may be a gothic chick who uses the color to help define her personality. She uses this outfit to non-verbally share with others who she is as a person, and takes it to advantage to connect with those similar around her with the same interests. Self-expression is important in a present world that is too busy to give enough attention to individual needs, and fashion is the perfect way to get one's name "out there," and shout out to society "Hey this is me, this is what I believe in, this is who I am!" To some, and to myself, fashion is the best form of art imaginable because it doesn't take much effort and there are no rules to it. It is to everyone's own to use however and in whichever way they'd like. To have your fashion judged adds to its beauty as an art, going back to self-expression and important feelings. It gives you a better sense of self and helps exert one's cause and create an impact on what one believes in. A lady may wear "pleather" and get judged by others as "cheap" or "disgusting," but may be praised by others who appreciate her support to end the use of animal skin, one major concern that has revolutionized the face of fashion. So as one can see, fashion is definitely a beauty, a brilliant creation, an art.

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