About Fashion

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Fashion Hunk is Indian fashion and style blog for all like-minded people who believe that style runs in their blood and is as important as breathing. Here you will find lifestyle, street style, vintage, designer couture collections, affordable fashion, product reviews; everything that can be useful to your image

Quotes About Fashion :-

“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.”
— Karl Lagerfeld

“I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it.”
— Alexander McQueen

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
—Oscar Wilde

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”
—Coco Chanel

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.”
— Alicia Keys

“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot!”
— Marilyn Monroe

“You’re not gay, are you?”
Simon’s greenish color deepened. “If I were, I would dress better.”
—Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.”
—Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic
“And now, I’m just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time.”
— Lady Gaga
“True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.”
—Nicole Richie

“The human body is the best work of art.”
—Jess C. Scott
“It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of a man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire… Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.”
—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

 

what is fashion
Fashion is a general term for a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion refers to a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style with which a person dresses, as well as to prevailing styles in behaviour. Fashion also refers to the newest creations of textile designers. The more technical term, costume, has become so linked to the term “fashion” that the use of the former has been relegated to special senses like fancy dress or masquerade wear, while “fashion” means clothing more generally and the study of it. Although aspects of fashion can be feminine or masculine, some trends are androgynous.

 

Reasons of Fashion :-

—Protection from cold, rain and snow: mountain climbers wear high-tech outerwear to avoid frostbite and over-exposure.

—Physical attraction: many styles are worn to inspire “chemistry.”

— Emotions: we dress “up” when we’re happy and “down” when we’re upset.

— Religious expression: Orthodox Jewish men wear long black suits and Islamic women cover every part of their body except their eyes.

—Identification and tradition: judges wear robes, people in the military wear uniforms, brides wear long white dresses.

Fashion is big business. More people are involved in the buying, selling and production of clothing than any other business in the world.Everyday, millions of workers design, sew, glue, dye, and transport clothing to stores. Ads on buses, billboards and magazines give us ideas about what to wear, consciously, or subconsciously.

 

History of fashion :-

The first fashion designer who was not merely a dressmaker was Charles Frederick Worth (1826–1895). Before the former draper set up his maison de couture (fashion house) in Paris, clothing design and creation was handled by largely anonymous tailors and seamstresses, and high fashion descended from styles worn at royal courts. Worth’s success was such that he was able to dictate to his customers what they should wear.

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The outfits worn by the fashionable women of the ‘Belle Époque’ (as this era was called by the French) were strikingly similar to those worn in the heyday of the fashion pioneer Charles Worth. By the end of the 19th-century, the horizons of the fashion industry had generally broadened, partly due to the more stable and independent lifestyle many well-off women were beginning to adopt and the practical clothes they demanded. However, the fashions of the La Belle Époque still retained the elaborate, upholstered, hourglass-shaped style of the 19th century. No fashionable lady could (or would) yet dress or undress herself without the assistance of a third party. The constant need for radical change, which is now essential for the survival of fashion within the present system, was still literally unthinkable. The use of different trimmings were all that distinguished one season from the other.
India’s recorded history of clothing goes back to the 5th millennium CB in the Indus Valley Civilisation where cotton was spun, woven and dyed. Bone needles and wooden spindles have been unearthed in excavations at the site. The cotton industry in ancient India was well developed, and several of the 199px-Elizabeth_Drexelmethods survive until today. Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian described Indian cotton as “a wool exceeding in beauty and goodness that of sheep”.

Indian cotton clothing was well adapted to the dry, hot summers of the subcontinent. Most of the present knowledge of ancient Indian clothing comes from rock sculptures and paintings in cave monuments such as Ellora. These images show dancers and goddesses wearing what appears to be a dhoti wrap, a predecessor to the modern sari.The upper castes dressed themselves in fine muslin and wore gold ornaments The Indus civilisation also knew the process of silk production. Recent analysis of Harappan silk fibres in beads have shown that silk was made by the process of reeling, a process known only to China until the early centuries AD

 

As we step in the new millenium,let’s indulge in little bit of retrospection,the key moments in fashion, triggered by various socioeconomic movements during the twentieth century. For what we know of the history of fashion until the end of the 19th century,it was mostly a fascinating footnote to the history of art. Much has changed and evolved in the history of fashion in the 1900′s. It’s a stirring,exotic trip with detours aplenty-from the Fallper girls of the ’20s in their Channel dresses to the sheer elegance of Maharani Gayatri Devi’s pastelimages chiffon sarees, to the innocent candy coloured can can dresses of the ’50s Americana to the dark, stylish paired down dressing of the ’90.

When the century dawned, fashion was an exclusive enterprise,the pursuit of the wealth. The lower tiers of the society settled for garments that were more often than not entirely family hand-made-downs or stitched at home.With time, however,networks of neighbourhood tailors began to evolve into a retail history and the boom followed by boutique selling. Today, garments are laser cut by computers and sourced from all over the world and can easily be bought sitting in the comfort of one’s home via the internet.

Each decade of this century ushered greater progress. “During the ’20s, one of the greatest influences on dress code was the movement towards equal status for women. Hence, a new breed of business-like women emerged and made corresponding demands on their dress, says A.K.G Nair, Director, Pearl Academy of Fashion. “The obvious choice for silhouette veered towards dropwaist or box and the choice of colour was black and grey and the fabrics preferred were silk and georgettes. “he says.

“In India, the fashion scenario was in confusion as it was a turbulent period of conflicting ideologies, when the consciousness of an Indian national identity was beginning to find political expression and the struggle for Indian independence was getting momentum, “says fashion diya Ritu Kumar. Thus the fashion trends within high society, read the loyalty, was strongly influenced by the British with the result that western clothes became a status symbol.

The ’30s heralded the idea of socialism,communism and fascism and women’s fashion became more and more feminine in keeeping with conservative ideas. “However this period also saw the emergence of the vamp and the culture of cabaret, “says Nair, noting that hence the dresses became more body hugging and the colours deep and dark in tune with such themes.

The establishment of the Indian cinema also proved to be the strongest influence on the fashion in the decade.Due to the western influence, the use of angarkhas, choghas and jamas diminished considerably by this time,although the ceremonial pagri,safa and topi were widespread as ever. “They had been replaced by the chapkan, achkan and sherwani, which are still standard items of formal dress for Indian men today, “says Kumar.

“The women even though were accepting change,continued to wear their peshwaz, kurtas,ghaghras and odhnis at religious and ceremonial festivities,sometimes using imported fabrics but using mostly traditional handwoven fabrice, “says Asha Baxi,Director,Fashion Design. National Institute of Fashion Technology(NIFT).
In the ’40s,it was Christian Dior who turned fashion upside down with a new shape, with the bosom pushed up and out, a pinched waist and hips emphasised with short fluted jackets. “It was also a decade marked by the second World War and the ensuing independence ofr India with the result that women’s clothing was simple and functional, “says Nair.

The ’50s saw the dawn of art colleges and schools, which became places of rebel, and hence in silhouette,narrow waist and balloon skirts with bouncing patterns were in vogue.Also due to the freedom struggle and the espousal of khadi by Gandhiji,khadi garments became a rage giving a boost to the sagging handloom industry,according to Asha Baxi.

 

The ’60s one of the most shock-filled decades of the century, saw sweeping fashion and lifestyle changes that reflected the mercurial passions of the times. “This decade was full of defiance and celebration in arts and music and cinema,marked by a liberation from constraints and new types of materials such as plastic film and coated polyester fabric got popular, “says Nair.Besides,adds Bax” Tight kurtas and churidars and high coiffers competed with the mini-skirts abroad and at the same time,designers understood the need of the moment to launch cheaper, ready-to-wear lines.

“One of the most “revisited” and “retro” periods in the fashion, the ’70s is often called the ‘me decade’. “It saw the beginning of “anything goes” culture with the result that fashion became another form of self-expression and bold colours with flower prints were adapted in tunics,with shirts and bell-bottoms, “says designer Manav Gangwani. As drug culture became a mass phenomenon,psychedelic colours were garish,the shoes were tall and hazardous and silhouettes were extreme and the dressing of the ’50s was definitely out.

“The 70s also saw the export of traditional material with the result that export surplus was sold within the country itself and hence, international fashion came to India much before the MTV culture,” says Baxi. Synthetics became popular and the disco culture had a profound influence on fashion and the clothes became as flashy as the mirrored ball that spins over the dancers.

In the ’80s the big money ruled.It was the era of self consciousness and American designers like Calvin Klein became household names. In India too,silhouettes became more masculine and the salwar kameez was made with shoulder pads.Says Baxi, “Power dressing and corporate look became dominant dress code. “The influence of cable TV became more prominent and the teenage market boomed with youngsters going in for the trendy look, which in turn influenced the elders.

The ’90s the last decade of the millenium, was one of the extremes. The excess of the early decade gave way to the drastic pairing down and stripping away in the hands of German designers like Helmut Lang and Jil Sander. “Perhaps the biggest fashion news of the ’90s has been the ascendancy of the younger generation of designers into the mainstream. The decade also looked for independent women with comforts, poise and comnfidence as key features,” says Nair.

But the decade also saw the revival of ethnicity with films too becoming more discreet and launching a “back to ethnic” look.While on the one hand the new drive for information technology popularised the corporate look,an ethno-cultural revival made people again go back to the traditional forms of art and crafts.States Baxi, “As it is Indian fashion is extremely alive and whatever the decade or the century,it is here to stay. For not only it is comfortable, practical and aesthetically beautiful but has changed with time with the result that it has, in the past century,and will in the coming one, remain contemporary,”she sums up.

Which is why the start of the new century tempts us to dream and remember the past.

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