Mapping the “World of Fashion”

After Thursday’s class discussion, I began mapping my “world of fashion” and compared it to the “world of fashion” we began mapping in class. I then created a Venn diagram to help paint a clearer picture of the similarities and differences. This also helped me make some headway on my End of Term paper topic, which is: “Looking at French vs. Italian brands in the U.S, who has the bigger industry in the U.S”? I found that there are more similarities than differences between my “world” and the “world”. A few of the things that were included in the “world” that weren’t included in my “world” are designers, stylists, luxury stores/franchises, exclusivity, couture, and runway. After making this diagram, I was able to come up with a few questions pertaining to my EOT topic. Here is a list of questions I came up with:

  • Do we see more French designers on the Red Carpet, or more Italian designers?
    • Some designers and designer brand names that come to mind are:
      • Gucci
      • Dolce & Gabbana
      • Chanel
      • Chloé
      • Givenchy
      • Armani
      • Versace
    • Is there more French luxury brand franchises in the U.S. or more Italian luxury brand franchises?
      • Some luxury brand franchises that come to mind are:
        • Hermès
        • Chanel
        • Louis Vuitton
        • Chloé
        • Céline
        • Dolce & Gabbana
        • Gucci
        • Versace
        • Fendi
      • Which brands are the most exclusive?
      • How does Italian couture compare to French couture as far as reputation, exclusivity, value, etc.?
      • Is Milan becoming more of a fashion capital than Paris or are they equal?

I think these questions with be helpful in creating a starting point for my EOT paper. With some research and observations, I will be able to find answers to these questions and transform my paper into something that is interesting and of good use.

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One thought on “Mapping the “World of Fashion”

  1. In a “global” culture, do you see differences is style beyond the differences of individual designers? Is there something other than physical location that ties the French or Italian designers together in a group?

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