I came across this article called ‘Why I hate fashion’ by Tanya Gold published in The Guardian. The article was published somewhat a year ago and outlined all the things the writer detested about fashion and being stylish in general. The writer brings upon the uselessness of trends and how fashion magazines and people associated with it are narcissistic.
I agree that fashion has a shallow side and MOST of the people are interested in what Kim Kardashain wore in a Hollywood party and what Jennifer Lopez wore in the Golden Globes.. But then isn’t it the prevailing fact that fashion is what you make of it. But what about the girl who spends hours in a store looking for the perfect dress that screams Balenciaga or Valentino? That screams originality and individualism?
Hating fashion is like hating art. You cannot hate every single thing about it. Yes, the modernity in fashion and how designers are materialistic and advertise their brand in the quest to want the readers to want it more maybe a little frustrating. But doesn’t Apple urge you to buy the new version of iPod or Harper Collin’s ask you to buy the Best Seller?
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”- Coco Chanel
The problem is that the films, books and songs that we see and hear always portray people related with fashion as shallow and dense. If someone is interested to go in fashion, other people often think that they frivolous, not independent and do not have enough IQ to adapt any other profession. In the beginning of The September Issue, Anna Wintour said that people are frightened by fashion since it scares them and makes them feel insecure and thus they put it down and as a result mock it. Fashion makes people nervous. I agree with Miss. Wintour. What is wrong in wearing Giuseppe Zanotti flats or a Dolce and Gabanna dress instead of something basic and boring from Walmart?
One of the other problems is that peopledress to impress. Women dress to impress men and that is the main reason fashion gains hatred among people who don’t want to actually impress people by physical appearance. We spend half the morning trying to make our style eclectic but do men actually know the difference between Prussian blue and Turquoise?
“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”-Marlene Dietrich
People look at me quite condescendingly when I tell them I like to write about fashion, particularly my friends who know how passionate I am about literature. They feel that I am somewhat ‘wasting’ my talent and should write on something useful like politics. I feel that fashion is art. The same way people appreciate Renoir’s artwork, we appreciate Balmain’s couture.
I was once talking to this family friend of mine on what my career should be and what subjects should I take upon come forth my junior year. I said that I wanted to go into journalism because I did not actually want to tell him that I am interested in fashion (he was orthodox and thinks that people only excel in engineering and medical. The notion going on for the last fifty years in India) and when I actually confessed that I wanted to study fashion he raised his eyebrows and said nothing. I guess I expected that.
Anyway, I have seen that people always include gossip with fashion. I think gossip is shallow (sorry E!). If we see magazines like Vogue, Harper’s, Dazed and Confused or Love, there is rarely an article about Scarlett Johanson’s new boyfriend or any other bullshit. These magazines also do not ask fourteen year old girls to thin down or wear clothes meant for people double their age. Tania Gold wrote about a girl who reportedly got killed whilst wearing heels. If she wore flats or any other shoes would they report that too, I may ask?
I do realize that my rambling about proving Tanya Gold wrong is pointless. Because the truth is that I did not hate the article wholly. She reflected upon a thing which she strongly disliked. I do not think that to be fashionable one should thin down or adapt harmful means to attain beauty. So before eloquently stating that she hates fashion, Tania Gold should first state that what she hates about it. I know that Tanya Gold will not start loving fashion after reading this nor will people stop raising their eyes when I tell them I want to work in the industry. They will just have to accept it.