What Is Fashion?


Fashion is more than just a style of clothing; it’s a way of life. It’s about expressing oneself, it can be a whisper or a scream; an all knowing wink and smile. Fashion is the fabric of our lives; it touches us everyday as we dress, undress and change into different outfits. Millions of people work in the design, production and marketing of clothing; from t-shirts to haute couture gowns. Fashion influences culture, society, politics and economics.

Fashion changes constantly, influenced by current events and the tastes of the population. It can also be influenced by the music and art that is popular at a particular time. People can also follow the lead of celebrities or political figures. The clothes of the stars, such as Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, are examples of what was considered fashionable at a certain time. People can even wear certain clothing to show their support for a cause or as a statement against something.

The prevailing custom or style of dress, manners, etc., of a period or group: the fashions of the 18th century. SYNONYMS: mode; vogue; fad; craze; trend

A fashionable look may be approved by an elite group. For example, a high-fashion designer may create a look that is exclusive to his or her brand and line of clothing. The look may then be popularized by the fashion press and other media outlets. It will eventually fade as it loses its exclusivity and becomes more commonplace. A similar process occurs with trends in footwear, accessories and hairstyles.