A time when I through fashion felt like I was “in the wrong place” was this summer; I completed a summer session program in Lyon, France. It was during the last week of the session, the program coordinator made reservations for our last dinner celebration. I dressed very casual that day, especially because I wasn’t feeling well; I woke up with an allergic reaction that swelled my face (great way to celebrate, right!?). When we arrived to the restaurant, I noticed that I was “underdressed”; it definitely made me feel uncomfortable. I prefer being overdressed than to be underdressed. When getting dressed the day of the dinner, I remember thinking about a business cocktail party we attended earlier that week. I noticed that it was casual attire so I thought “maybe no one will ‘dress up” for dinner then. It’s sad to say that I let myself feel “out of place” instead of being in the moment and enjoying the night I was too worried about the way I looked.
Media is what makes the world of fashion easily accessible. Currently, there are many different ways to receive wanted information. I believe the internet is one of the most popular ways people stay in tune with the world of fashion. There is online shopping, blogging (Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.) and even ads to remind customers about recent online searches. This refers to the extension of self, there are different ways of extending our senses, which then connects to the evolution of technology and how it reshaped the human experience. Also because of the easy access to the fashion world it has caused it to move at a faster pace. In a way, all different media sources link to the same world. It just depends on who the person is and what they like. We live in a fashion world where there isn’t just one trend or style anymore but multiple fashion statements happening at the same time. The time has evolved where even what wasn’t acceptable is now a trend. For example, patched or ripped jeans (distressed) were worn by people who didn’t have money. We now spend money to get clothing with rips and holes. For example, Kylie Jenner recently posted a picture on Instagram with ‘butt slit rip jeans’ that are now available to order online. Is that a positive or negative movement? Is it possible to say that certain age groups lean towards a particular media source? The millennials are more advanced with global media because it’s easy to access.
As I was completing my Zeitgeist map I was unsure of how to fill in the categories. It was more helpful having a conversation with my peers in class as we discussed the categories and worked together. It was also a great way to compare thoughts and listen to different point of views. I didn’t realize that there was no right or wrong answer when completing the zeitgeist map because everyone has a different approach to fashion and as individuals we have different interest. Which brought me to my next thought, What Era of fashion are we in? And how different today’s fashion is from other eras. What I mean by that is the fashion cycle and how it repeats itself. Today’s fashion has taken the best trends of past decades and modernized them. We live in an era that accepts all approaches to fashion and it is also a sense of expressing our identity. I look forward to matching past fashion eras to today’s fashion trends.