Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It’s all about fashion!

You cannot escape it, it’s everywhere, it’s going to be with you no matter your age, social status or country in the world. Yes, we are talking about fashion. When you hear this word you might feel completely connected to it because you might like to stay on top of the new fashion seasons and its colors and trends or you might feel that this is a word that doesn’t have anything to do with you because you don’t care much about it.

The truth is that everything we wear, whether we like it or not, was designed by somebody in the fashion industry that wanted to start a new trend and make you look in a certain way. Colors, textures, fabrics, everything is used with you in mind. The good thing is that you can choose and take what you like and create your own style.

Nowadays, singers and actors are mostly the ones that dictate a new fashion to follow. In the past, kings and queens stated what was “in” what was “out.” Like in the case of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire known for her extravagant style and Marie Antoinette who used her clothes to rebel against strict court etiquette and became a fashion icon of her time. This also shows that fashion is not only about looks but it is also linked to social revolution and struggle, like Lubna Hussein, Sudanese journalist, who will have to pay a fine of $200 or go to jail for wearing pants in public.

Fashion is also a vast area that covers photography, dressmaking, design, and art. These are some of the books related to this topic available at your library:

Basic Pattern skills for fashion design

200 projects to get you into fashion design

Producing fashion: commerce, culture, and consumers

Wagashi : handcrafted fashion art from Japan

Avedon fashion

Style clinic : how to look fabulous all the time, at any age, for any occasion

Queen of fashion : what Marie Antoinette wore to the Revolution

Fashion sketchbook

Colors for modern fashion : drawing fashion with colored markers

Fashion inside out : Daniel V's guide to how style happens from inspiration to runway & beyond

Fashion designers

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