Fashion, a general term for a currently popular style or practice, especially in clothing, foot wear or accessories. Fashion references to anything that is the current trend in look and dress up of a person. The more technical term, costume, has become so linked in the public eye with the term "fashion" that the more general term "costume" has in popular use mostly been relegated to special senses like fancy dress or masquerade wear, while the term "fashion" means clothing generally. Fashion is one of the most commonly used words and fashion industry is one of the biggest industry in modern world. Attitude is now considered as a supplementary part of the fashion. Fashion is no longer the monopoly of females. Even boys have great fancy for it. In fact, the latest uni-sex dresseslike shirts and jeans can be worn both by the boys and girls. Today, the biggest centres of the latest fashions in the world are Paris, London, Hollywood and New york. Fashion has permeated all spheres of our life.It is used not only for dresses but also for hair-styles,shoes or manners. fashion knows no frontiers. It travels across countries very fast. When students in any Country see latest foreign films from Hollywood, they adopt the latest fashion from these films. They even imitate the way of life, speech, manners, actions, dresses, hair-styles of their favourite foreign actors and actresses.
Some students seem to suffer from a mistaken notion that fashion means wearing clothes and other costly items like jewellery etc. The fact is that sometimes expesive clothes and heavy make-up may prove counter-productive. It may even have a negative effect on one’s personality. Some people look smarter in simple clothes than in expensive clothes.
1- The prevailing style or custom, as in dress or behavior 2- Something, such as a garment, that is in the current mode 3- A prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socializing, etc.
History of Fashion
The habit of people continually changing the style of clothing worn, which is now worldwide, at least among urban populations, is generally held by historians to be a distinctively Western one. At other periods in Ancient Rome and other cultures changes in costume occurred, often at times of economic or social change, but then a long period without large changes followed. In 8th century Cordoba, Spain, Ziryab, a famous musician - a star in modern terms - is said to have introduced sophisticated clothing styles based on seasonal and daily timings from his native Baghdad and his own inspiration. The beginnings of the habit in Europe of continual and increasingly rapid change in styles can be fairly reliably dated to the middle of the 14th century, to which historians including James Laver and Fernand Braudel date the start of Western fashion in clothing.The most dramatic manifestation was a sudden drastic shortening and tightening of the male over-garment, from calf-length to barely covering the buttocks, sometimes accompanied with stuffing on the chest to look bigger. This created the distinctive Western male outline of a tailored top worn over leggings or trousers which is still with us today. The pace of change accelerated considerably in the following century, and women and men's fashion, especially in the dressing and adorning of the hair, became equally complex and changing. Art historians are therefore able to use fashion in dating images with increasing confidence and precision, often within five years in the case of 15th century images. Initially changes in fashion led to a fragmentation of what had previously been very similar styles of dressing across the upper classes of Europe, and the development of distinctive national styles, which remained very different until a counter-movement in the 17th to 18th centuries imposed similar styles once again, finally those from Ancien Régime in France.Though fashion was always led...
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